Watch: USD Professors Reflect on Black History Month

Watch: USD Professors Reflect on Black History Month

Black History Month is a special time for recognizing the central role black people have played in US history. Across campus, events including lectures, movie nights, plays and more are planned throughout February.

We asked several University of San Diego professors to share what Black History Month has meant in their lives and academic work, and also what they hope others learn from it. View their responses below.

Channon Miller

Assistant Professor of History Channon Miller, PhD, briefly describes how Black History Month came to be, how she as a professor of African American history experiences the annual observance and what role university campuses across the nation play in celebrating the achievements and contributions of African Americans.

Cory Gooding

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations Cory Gooding, PhD, reminds us to think about the diversity of culture, thought and experiences of all black people.

Joi Spencer

In the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, Associate Dean and Professor Joi Spencer, PhD, shares with us the childhood memories that continue to guide her, and how those experiences inspire her to push for a more diverse and fair education system. 

Panel Discussion: "The Depths of Black Silence"

On Thursday, February 20, professors Miller and Gooding will be speaking at the San Diego Central Library downtown. They will be discussing former NPR journalist Michele Norris' book, "The Grace of Silence," and exploring themes of how silence is interwoven in conceptions and experiences of black citizenship. The USD community and the public are welcome. RSVP at

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