Black History Month: February Events at USD

February is Black History Month, and now, more than ever, it’s important for people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to recognize and celebrate the Black community.

“We are preparing students for careers in a society that is very multicultural,” notes USD Interim Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Richard Miller, DPE. “So it is all the more important for institutions like the University of San Diego to focus a lot of attention on providing students with the opportunity to engage with more diverse constituents, including students, faculty and staff.”

One place that the community can dig deep and find varying viewpoints is a blog helmed by Assistant Professor of History Channon Miller, which features essays from students of her African American History course.

“Every semester I teach the course, the students contribute one or two blog essays on and about Black history in San Diego and in the country at large,” she notes. “They often attend Black History Month programs and review them — as well as view and discuss films. By the end of the semester, there will be a range of new essays there on Black history. And the  great thing about this year, is that because we are virtual, they can engage and experience a range of institutions with a range of events.” 

Following is a list of Black History Month events that delve into issues and celebrate and recognize greatness, excellence and legacies that live within the Black community — on- and off-campus. Note that certain events offered by the Black Student Resource Commons can be found on their website under the event calendar and/or on Instagram (@usdbsr


Monday, February 22

Anti-Black Racism and Antisemitism

12:30 p.m.


February 22-23

A Conference on Race and Philosophy

10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


Thursday, February 25

Virtual author event with Anne C. Bailey

Reconciling 1619 and 1776 in American History: The Debate Over the Soul of a Nation

Click here for a link that the USD community can use to access Ms. Bailey’s book.

6:30 p.m.


Black Alumni Network Celebration

Thursday, February 25 from 5:30 - 7pm 

Zoom Room (register for link)


— Compiled by USD News Center