Black History Month

Black History Month Events

Black History Month

Thursday, Feb. 13

Black History Month civil rights lecture

12:15 p.m., Founders Hall

The Spring 2020 Civil Rights speaker will be Breanne Zolfo, a nationally known activist whose coffee shop in Crown Point, Ind., has gained national recognition for its promotion of acts of kindness among its staff and customers. Zolfo has appeared on Oprah, Ellen, Steve Harvey, CBS, and many other talk shows to discuss her work. This event is free and open to the public. Contact Stephen Balkaran for more information at

Lecture - ‘African-Americans and the Civil Rights in the North’

10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m., Vance 105

Presented by Dr. Felton O. Best, director of African American Studies at CCSU, and sponsored by the African-American Studies and Peace Studies programs.

A Conversation with Tenaya Taylor

5 – 6:30 p.m., Student Center, Philbrick Room

Tenaya Taylor, a Black, queer, disabled, gender non-conforming artist, musician, and educator, will present “Race, Blackness, and Queer Identity.” In this workshop, Tenaya will facilitate a conversation on the intersectionality of race, blackness, and queer identities. 

Friday, Feb. 21

Presentation: ‘Gina's Journey: The Search for William Grimes’

Noon to 2:30 p.m., Torp Theater

CCSU, in partnership with the Connecticut Court Support Services Division, will present an afternoon and book-signing with author, playwright, and film producer Regina E. Mason. Mason spent 15 years researching the life and times of her great-great-great-grandfather, William Grimes, a former slave autobiographer who wrote and published the story of his life as a slave and his escape to freedom. It is one of the earliest published autobiographical accounts of slavery in America. Mason has since edited Grimes’s book, “Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave” and has filmed a documentary, “Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes,” about her research.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

17th annual Amistad lecture

4:30 – 7 p.m., Alumni Hall

Dr. Biko Agozino, professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Virginia Tech, will present this year's lecture, "The Amistad and the Law." Admission is free. For more information, contact Drs. Daniel Broyld at (860) 832-2826, Beverly Johnson at (860) 832-2767,  Gloria Emeagwali at (860) 832-2815 or Olusegun Sogunro at (860) 832-2131.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Coffee & Kala Open Mic Social

7 – 9 p.m., Marcus White 008

In celebration of Black History Month, the Center for Africana Studies and Black Student Union will host an open mic social. The evening will feature music, poetry, raffles, and refreshments. To perform, sign up by 8 p.m. on the night of the event. For more information, send email to

Friday, Feb. 28

L'Affaire Royale - The Royal Affair African fashion show

7 p.m., Welte Auditorium

Presented by the CCSU African Students Organization. 

Thursday, March 5

26th annual Center for Africana Studies Conference

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Alumni Hall

This year’s theme, “Excavating Truths: Revealing Untold Stories of Free and Captive Slaves in the Northeastern U.S.,” celebrates the scholarship of Dr. Warren Perry, a member of the CCSU Anthropology faculty.