Black History Month 2021 Events & Programs
There are so many fantastic events and programs offered by community organizations to celebrate and honor Black History Month. We will continue to update this list throughout the month.
BHM Events offered by UC San Diego
North County African American Women’s Association (NCAAWA)
Black History Month Spokenword brought to you by NCAAWA Members Stephanie Tourial & Carole Boyce, join the performances of poems in observance of Black History Month every Wednesday in February from 6:30-7:00pm.
SD Public Library – Author of the Month: Black History Month featuring Kevin Brown and Patrick Howell
- Saturday, February 13, 2021
- 2:00pm – 3:30pm
- Join us as we welcome two of San Diego’s notable authors in the literary community. Kevin Brown and Patrick Howell will share a reading from their recent publications with a Q & A discussion to follow.
- Register here: https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/events/author-month-black-history-month-featuring-kevin-brown-and-patrick-howell
Nikole Hannah-Jones – A special fireside chat
- Tuesday, February 16, 2021
- 4:00pm – 6:00pm PST
- Nikole Hannah-Jones is a MacArthur Genius for “reshaping national conversations around education reform.” This is but one honor in a growing list: She is the creator of the New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” about the history and lasting legacy of American slavery, for which her powerful introductory essay was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. She’s also won a Peabody, two George Polk awards, and the National Magazine Awards three times.
- Register here: https://medschool.ucla.edu/equity-diversity-inclusion-events-nikole-hannah-jones
SD Public Library – Reconciling 1619 and 1776 in American History: The Debate over the Soul of a Nation
- Thursday, February 25, 2021
- 6:30pm – 8:00pm
- In celebration of Black History Month, the San Diego Public Library and the University of San Diego are proud to present noted author and professor Anne C. Bailey. A graduate of Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, Anne C. Bailey is a Professor of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is also the Director of the university’s Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity. Bailey is committed to a concept of “living history” in which events of the past are connected to current and contemporary issues. She has been researching and writing about the public memory of slavery and freedom for much of her writing and academic career.
- Register here: https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/events/reconciling-1619-and-1776-american-history-debate-over-soul-nation
SD Public Library – Youth Author Event: The NY Times 1619 Project and Why Slavery Matters
- Friday, February 26, 2021
- 4:00 – 5:30pm
- In honor of Black History Month San Diego Public Library, in collaboration with San Diego Unified School District, present this youth author event featuring author and historian Anne C. Bailey. This virtual event will include an interactive conversation facilitated by students with Professor Bailey where she will discuss her work documenting slavery and the concept of “living history” in which events of the past are connected to current contemporary issues. Images of student artwork honoring Black history, community, and culture will be displayed at the event.
- Register here: https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/events/youth-author-event-ny-times-1619-project-and-why-slavery-matters
Carnegie Science Center Celebrates Black History Month: Facebook Live Career Connections Chat with Dr. J’Tia Hart, Nuclear Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory
- Tuesday, February 16, 2021
- As a 15-year-old freshman at Florida State University and a former contestant on CBS’ Survivor, Dr. J’Tia Hart has always been up for a challenge. Now, she’s turned her attention to increasing minority participation in STEM and serving as a spark to ignite the future. Dr. Hart, as a multidimensional and vibrant professional, brings a modern approach to STEM. Through her philanthropy, she seeks to illustrate the potential of a STEM career focusing on women in the African-American and Latinx communities. Her goal is to show young women that they can exist and excel in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Carnegie Science Center Celebrates Black History Month: Afua Bruce, Chief Program Officer at DataKind
- Tuesday, February 23, 2021
- Afua Bruce opens in a new window is the Chief Program Officer at DataKind opens in a new window, a global nonprofit that harnesses the power of data science and AI in the service of humanity. Afua leads DataKind’s product offerings, center of excellence, volunteer community, and chapter network to partner with social sector organizations. Prior to joining DataKind, Afua was the Director of Engineering for New America’s Public Interest Technology program. At New America, Afua oversaw projects in technology and policy to improve outcomes in criminal justice reform, foster care, immigration, the opioid epidemic, and more. She also supervised the Public Interest Technology University Network. Previously, she spent several years leading science and technology strategy and program management in the Federal government—as the Executive Director of the White House’s National Science and Technology Council and in a variety of positions at the FBI. Before joining the Federal government, she started her career as a software engineer at IBM. Afua holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University, and a MBA from the University of Michigan.