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Office of the President

Honoring Black History Month

Message from Holy Names University Acting President Sr. Carol Sellman:

Dear Colleagues and Students,

As we enter into this traditional month honoring Black history, our nation is once again experiencing calls for justice for the January 10 death of Tyre Nicols. His death raises powerful questions to the forefront, specifically as to how and in which ways Black lives are valued or devalued in our society.

Barbara Spears, SNJM, is a Charter Member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  This museum is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by an Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans, and is the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Museum. She offers these various programs through the museum that I want to share with you. Many are offered online, and most are free. Please be aware that the times listed are for the East Coast.

May we all during this month of February raise up our Black sisters and brothers who have lived and died for the cause of justice in our nation. We owe thanks to those living and deceased among us who are not afraid to be voices for the voiceless.

Learning Together: Black Characters Celebration
February 4, 10, 13, 21
11 a.m. Eastern
Online ǀ Free

Black Homesteaders of the South
Saturday, February 4
12 p.m. Eastern
In person and online | Free

Through the African American Lens
Afrofuturism: The Origin Story
Wednesday, February 8
7:00 p.m. Eastern
In person | Free

A Space for Us All with Astronaut Victor Glover
Friday, February 10
11:30 a.m. Eastern
Online | Free

Community Day:
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Lion King on Broadway
Monday, February 20
10:30 a.m. Eastern
In person | Free

Historically Speaking: Next Generation of Black Geneticists
Thursday, February 23
7:00 p.m. Eastern
In person and online | Free