The Black Renaissance
Celebrate Black History Month at Georgia State
Black History Month (BHM), or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, multiple U.S. presidents have officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Traditionally, the month focuses on the experiences of Black people and leaders in the United States. However, it is important that we create space to honor the legacies, histories and contributions of Black people across the Diaspora.
The university celebrates not only the past accomplishments of Black pioneers, but also recognizes present excellence, and those who continue to blaze an extraordinary trail forward.
The BHM Planning Committee seeks to celebrate Black love, Black joy, Black culture, Black resilience, Black history & Black futures. With the understanding that Black is not a monolith, we aim to amplify the voices of Black people throughout the diaspora and showcase the beauty in our diversity and intersectional identities. Below is a listing of BHM events across campuses and departments.
Watch this space for Black History Month events, to be updated in January 2024!
Additional Black History Month Resources
Black Student Alliance
The Black Student Alliance seeks to break the cultural barriers between race and ethnicity in order to connect people of the African Diaspora.
Faculty of the African Diaspora
The Faculty of the African Diaspora Association (FADA) exists to support and enrich the experiences of Black students, staff, and faculty at Georgia State University, through advocacy, networking, mentorship, and engagement with surrounding communities.
Office of Black Student Achievement
The Office of Black Student Achievement provides university-wide services and support programming in many areas, such as cultural enrichment, racial awareness, ethnicity, leadership training and organizational development.
The Black Law Students Association strives to promote the educational and professional needs and goals of Black law students. BLSA seeks to influence the legal community to bring about meaningful change that addresses the needs and concerns of the Black community.
Center for Studies on Africa and Its Diaspora
The Center for Studies on Africa and its Diaspora (CSAD) aspires to increase worldwide understanding of the resilience of people from Africa and the African diaspora and their ongoing contributions in addressing contemporary issues with global implications.
Department of Africana Studies
The Department of Africana Studies at Georgia State University is dedicated to preserving, fostering, and expanding the interdisciplinary study of Black people and all those of African descent. Building on a tradition of academic excellence and social responsibility, we provide critical service to the intellectual community, the larger society and the world.
Cultures, Communities & Inclusion
Cultures, Communities, and Inclusion celebrates the U in GSU! CCI provides a variety programs, initiatives, and workshops that educate, fosters community-building, enriches the overall campus experience for the campus community, and prepare students for the world that awaits them post-graduation.
The Multicultural Center supports Georgia State University’s mission of educating students to participate in a global economy with individuals different from themselves. To assist students in successfully engaging in this global process, the Multicultural Center provides opportunities for intentional, meaningful programming and dialogue to assist students to learn more about themselves and others.