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University of Pittsburgh's K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Celebration
 
 
Black History Month is celebrated annually during the month of February to acknowledge and celebrate the important contributions of people of African descent to our nation's life and culture.  Black History Month, which began as Negro History Week in 1926 under the leadership of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, falls in February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. 
 
In recognition of the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War, this year’s theme – African Americans and the Vote – speaks to the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote. The theme of the vote also recognizes the rise of black elected and appointed officials at the local and national levels, campaigns for equal rights legislation, as well as the role of blacks in traditional and alternative political parties.   You can read more about the theme on the ASALH website. 
 
The Pitt community is encouraged to actively engage in the celebration of Black History Month.  A list of 2020 Black History Month University Wide events is available below or check the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Event Calendar for all events. Any Pitt department / group that wish to have their Black History Month activity promoted on the directory below, can submit their activity information via this form.  
 
The University's signature event, the K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Program hosted by the Chancellor, is named for K. Leroy Irvis, a 1954 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and one of the most important and influential men in Pennsylvania history. This year’s K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month program (February 27 – 29) features a series of cultural activities that highlight black activism through the arts. 
 
Black History Month Events  
 
Crafting Spaces of Value: Special Economic Zones, Infrastructure, Energy and Extractive Practices in Nigeria
 
February 3, 2-4pm
 
Night Out at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center
 
February 3, 7pm
 
Reading & Conversation: Idris Goodwin & Kevin Coval
 
February 4, 7pm
 
Thinking Race, Gender, and Sexuality Together: Comparative Approaches
 
February 7, 1-3pm
 
Doctors, Termites, and Princesses: Landscapes of Health and Medicine in East Africa
 
February 10, 4:30-6:30pm
 
African Americans and the Vote
 
February 11, 5:30-7:30pm
 
White Privilege in Information
 
February 11, 1pm
 
SSW Speaker Series: “Which Way for Social Work on Sexual and Gender Minority Issues?”
 
February 12, 12-3pm
 
Reach for the Stars Presented by the Department of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion
 
February 12, 5:30-7pm
 
De Ting About Blackness (A Meditation)
 
February 13, 12:30-2pm
 
Keith Wilson with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
 
February 13, 7pm
 
Afro-Latinx Portraiture: The Case of Arturo Schomburg
 
February 14, 12:15-1:30pm
 
Steel City Step Show
 
February 15, 5-9pm
 
Meet the NPHC Chapters
 
February 18, 6-9pm
 
Homewod CEC Community Dinner and Conversation
 
February 19, 5:30pm
 
#BLM, Black Feminism, and the New Afrocentrism
 
February 19, 5-6:30pm
 
“Moonlight” Screening
 
February 21, 8:30-10:30pm
 
"Race, Justice, and Activism in Literacy Instruction" Book Release with Dean Valerie Kinloch
 
February 25, 12pm
 
Dr. Charles Champion and the Evolution of African American Independent
 
February 25, 6-7pm
 
GSPIA's Roscoe Robinson Memorial Lecture Series presents Marita Garrett
 
February 26, 12-1:30pm
 
Postcolonial Socialisms in Africa
 
February 27, 4-5:30pm
 
Simone White, Tongo Eisen-Martin & Jaamil Kosoko Respond to Justin Phillip Reed's The Malevolent Volume
 
February 27, 6:30pm
 
Simone White, (T)rap Music & Poetry
 
February 29, 8pm
 
 
For More Information Click Here 
 
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