Black History Month Events at the University of Minnesota

Black History Month graphic with red, black, and green brushes of color illustration

This page offers a sampling of events taking place systemwide throughout Black History Month. Some events are more specifically related to Black History Month, and others are events that center Black creators and student groups and organizations. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of events. Submit your University of Minnesota event by emailing

Crookston Events

Valentine's Day Cards 
Monday, February 14
Black Student Association campus-wide event. More information to come.

Black History Trivia Night
Monday, February 21 
More information to come.

Motown Theme Karaoke Night 
Wednesday, February 23 
More information to come.

Movie Night: Film TBA
Saturday, February 26
More information to come.


Duluth Events

Documentary: MLK/FBI
Wednesday, February 9 | 4 pm
Chemistry Building, Room 200
A discussion and Q&A will follow after the documentary. Sponsored by UMD Office of Diversity & Inclusion and UMD Black Student Association.

Annual Soul Food Dinner
Saturday, February 19 | 5 pm
Kirby Student Center, Ballroom
Join the Black Student Association for the 30th annual Soul Food Dinner. Sponsored by UMD Black Student Association. For more information, contact
Ticket Information: Students (Dinner and Show): $10; General Public (Dinner and Show): $15; Children Under 5: Free ($7 if child needs a chair)

Exhibit – "The Life, The Work, The Fight: Black Duluth in History"
On exhibit throughout the month of February 
UMD Multicultural Center
Sponsored by UMD Office of Diversity & Inclusion.


Morris Events

BSU International Fashion Show
Thursday, February 10 | 6 pm to 8 pm
Edson Auditorium
Event organized by the Black Student Union.

The Best of Enemies Film Screening
Friday, February 11, 7 to 9 pm; and, Saturday, February 12, 1 to 3 pm 
Multi-Ethnic Resource Center Lounge; free
Watch The Best of Enemies on your own on Netflix or together with multiple showings (see above for info). 

The Best of Enemies Dialogue Session
Thursday, February 17 | 7 pm to 8 pm
Turtle Mountain Cafe, Student Center
This film is based on the real-life dialogue experience and a book during school desegregation in the U.S. south. Limited copies of the book will be giveaways. Open to Morris community members also. We’ll have a facilitated dialogue about the film and our lived experiences to increase understanding and empathy. Contact liz thomson and Sarah Eckel, Office of Community Engagement, if you have questions about this event.

Black Student Union Soul Food Dinner 
Wednesday, February 23 | 7 pm to 9 pm
Oyate Hall, Student Center
Featuring a speaker, entertainment, and food. Event organized by the Black Student Union.


Rochester Events

Diversity Dialogue: The Hidden Curriculum
Tuesday, February 1 | 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Zoom event
Hidden curriculum and way we can impact change and the experience of our University of Minnesota Rochester community. 

Film: Respect 
Thursday, February 17
More information to come.

African Student Association Annual Poetry Slam
Saturday, February 19 | 6 pm
The Nest 
Featuring music, spoken word, and more. Presented by the African Student Association. Participants can sign up using this link

Ebony Night 
Friday, February 25 
A celebration of talent. More information to come.


Twin Cities Events

College of Liberal Arts: Why Does Racial Inequality Persist?
Thursday, February 3 | Noon
Virtual Event
Why has the unequal economic status of Black Americans persisted into the 21st century? Glenn C. Loury, Merton P. Stolt Professor of the Social Sciences at Brown University and host of The Glenn Show, proposes we need to specify the right “model” for thinking as economists about the long-term persistence of racial economic disparities. Following Loury’s presentation, CLA Economics Professor Christopher Phelen will facilitate a discussion on persistent racial inequalities in the US. Questions from the audience will be welcomed. 

Forget Me Not Reception Collaboration with SUA
Thursday, February, 3 | 6 pm
Coffman Theater Gallery
Come and join the Black Student Union and Student Unions & Activities for a reception to celebrate the works of recent alumni and local artist Mark Khan and his exhibition “Forget Me Not.” Enjoy an artist talk and Q&A with Mark, as well as live music and snacks.

Northrop presents Black Light a re:Search performance by Alanna Morris and Collaborators
Friday, February 4 | 7:30 pm
Cowles Center (In-person and live stream)
Black Light, a multi-year collaborative performance directed by Minnesota-based dancer-choreographer, Alanna Morris, is a natural world-inspired expression of interwoven local and global identities. 

Refusing Politics as Usual: Women of Color’s Radical Praxis in London and Amsterdam
Friday, February 11 | 1:30 pm
Virtual Event
The Power, Equity, and Diversity Proseminar in the Department of Political Science is excited to feature a talk from Professor Akwugo Emejulu of the University of Warwick. This talk explores an intriguing emergent organizing strategy among women of color activists in London and Amsterdam: a politics of refusal.

Black Student Union’s Cultural Showcase
Thursday, February 17 | 6 pm
Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall
Join the Black Student Union in celebrating our annual cultural showcase. The theme this year is showcasing and embracing Black excellence in all its forms. There will be catered cultural food, good vibes, a fashion show, and performances!

Voice, Art, and Community: A UMN Series featuring Nikky Finney
Monday, February 21 | 5 pm
Virtual Event
Award-winning poet and activist Nikky Finney returns virtually to the University of Minnesota. 

The Road to Black Entrepreneurship
Thursday, February 24 | 12 pm
The University of Minnesota Alumni Association and the Black Alumni Network are hosting an alumni panel discussion focusing on empowering black entrepreneurship with insights on the journey, self-care, and resources needed to be successful.

Black Student Union's Unity Dinner
Thursday, February 24 | 5:30 pm
Coffman Memorial Union President's Room
The Unity Dinner is a formal event hosted by the Black Student Union to commemorate the events and experiences that defined Black History month on campus, as well as the history that created and defines Black history month in the United States.

Power and Privilege Series: Nicole Cardoza
Monday, February 28 | 5 pm
Coffman Memorial Union Theater
Nicole Cardoza is a social entrepreneur, speaker, and educator passionate about equitable wellbeing. Her studio, Reclamation Ventures, creates and incubates innovative businesses committed to racial equity, including The Anti-Racism Daily and Wellemental. Her fund makes early-stage and philanthropic investments into leaders making wellbeing more accessible in their communities.

Documenting a Reckoning: The Murder of George Floyd 
Exhibit on display at the Elmer Andersen Library until March 4
Presented by the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Learn more. 

Gopher Athletic Events

The University of Minnesota Athletics department will honor Black History Month with a variety of events throughout the month of February with stories, video, and events. Learn more