Yale celebrates Black History Month

test test
A look at the Black Panther Party on the occasion of the 50th anniversary will be among the events highlighting Black History Month at Yale. This photograph by John T. Hill was part of the 2014 exhibition “Bulldog and Panther: The 1970 May Day Rally and Yale” at Sterling Memorial Library.

Yale students, faculty, and staff are celebrating Black History Month throughout February. Events on campus are honoring the contributions of African Americans to civil rights, the arts, academia, the sciences, and politics. The full calendar of events is available here.

See: Statement by the Afro-American Cultural Center on Black History Month

A highlight of the month-long celebration will be the Black Solidarity Conference, to be held Feb. 16-19. The conference is an entirely student-run annual event and the largest undergraduate conference at Yale, with over 700 college students participating. Students from across the country will discuss issues pertaining to the African Diaspora and explore solutions that can be implemented on their own college campuses. This year’s keynote speaker is Opal Tometi, social activist and co-creator of the viral Twitter hashtag and movement #BlackLivesMatter. (Registration for the conference is full.)

Another major event will be a conversation with the actor Jay Ellis, who stars in “Insecure.” The critically acclaimed HBO comedy series focuses on black female experiences and friendships. The Feb. 16 discussion is free and open to all via registration, which is available here.

A third signature event will be the second annual Celebration of Black Lives, offering a multifaceted look at the Black Panther Party on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The Feb. 26 multi-part event will include a performance by Shades, one of Yale’s undergraduate a cappella groups; a presentation by participants in the Black Panther Party’s 50th anniversary conference; a discussion of the People v. Newton case with author and former judge Lise Pearlman ’71; and the dedication of “Campus ’70” in the Afro-American Cultural Center’s art gallery.

Full details on these and other Black History Month events are provided below.Please note registration is required for some events.

Free and open to all

Shades Valentine’s Day Jam
Feb. 14, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Sheffield-Sterling- Strathcona Hall (SSS) Rm. 114, 1 Prospect St.

Conversation with HBO’s “Insecure” Star Jay Ellis
Feb. 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
SSS Rm. 114, 1 Prospect St.
Register here.

Urban Bush Women Movement & Dance Community Workshop
Feb. 19, noon-2:30 p.m.
Af Am House, 211 Park St.

FOLKS Reading (Yale School of Drama)
Feb. 19, 2-4:15 p.m.
149 York St.

President’s Women of Yale Lecture Series
Featuring Vera Wells ‘71 on Sylvia Boone, the first black woman granted tenure at Yale
Feb. 20, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave.
Register here.

A Tribute to Black Inventors
Feb. 23, 7:30-9 p.m.
Founders Room, Af Am House, 211 Park St.

“Critical Histories and Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence”
Feb. 24, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Yale Medical Historical Library, 333 Cedar St.
Register here.

Second annual Celebration of Black Lives
Presentation by participants in the Black Panther Party’s 50th anniversary conference
Feb. 26, noon-3 p.m.
Af Am House, 211 Park St.

Open to the Yale community

Yale African Students Association Presents: “Stories from Home “
Feb. 15, 9-10 p.m.
Lighten Room, Af Am House, 211 Park St.

Black Student Alliance at Yale Presents: “How Class Matters in Black Lives”
Feb. 27, 8:00-9:15 p.m.
Lighten Room, Af Am House, 211 Park St.


“The Kings at Yale”
Through March 3
Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High St.

“Gather Out of Star-Dust: The Harlem Renaissance”
Through April 17
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St.

“Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander & the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom”
Through July 9
Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St.

Campus & Community

Media Contact

Office of Public Affairs & Communications: [email protected], 203-432-1345