Multicultural Center

Black History Month

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2021 Theme: “I am My Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams”

Stolen. Starved. Stored. Tortured. Oppressed.

These are the words that describe the stolen people from the West African coast in the early 1600s. Those tens of millions of people who were kings and queens, and arguably from the richest nations on the planet, were marched miles from their homes to the forts at the Point of No Return. Subsequently, they would be enslaved and stored like cattle on ships heading to the New World. The estimated 2 million enslaved Africans who survived the Middle Passage would go on to endure disease, malnutrition, psychological torture, rape, and unspeakable brutality all while traveling to the foreign and unforgiving “New World”. These former slaves were freed only to face unequal opportunity, forced segregation and malevolent anti-Black racism.

However, despite these challenges, their dreams of significance, economic empowerment, professional development, and the right to live freely did not die with them in vain. The descendants of those stolen people, would persist in their identity, growth and development to not only redefine American history, but shock the world with their cultural, scientific and intellectual contributions to society.

At UT Dallas, We are the 1% of those former slaves who are still here, still breathing, still fighting…we are our ancestors’ wildest dreams.

During this Black History Month, we challenge you to attend these fun, educational programs to learn more about Black history and the many ancestors’ dreams that would eventually change the world.

*-This theme was created by the Black History Month planning committee.

History of Black History Month

Black History Month, 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, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

For more information regarding Black History Month, visit the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH) website.

Schedule of Events

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Black History Month Kickoff: I am My Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams”

Monday, February 1 @ 1 p.m
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What does it mean to be your ancestors’ wildest dreams? Have their dreams been realized through you? This year we are introducing I Am My Ancestor’s Wildest Dreams for Black History Month at UT Dallas. Join us for a month-long of events that will inspire you to keep dreaming your own dream. Check out our Instagram (@utdallasmc) to hear how they are their ancestors’ wildest dreams.

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The Truth: Black Wall Street & Entrepreneurship Panel

Tuesday, February 9th @ 7 p.m
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The writers of history often times leave out the details of a full story and we want to fill in the blanks. Join us as we shed light on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre (also known as the Tulsa Race Riots), a historic event that led to the destruction of Black Wall Street, a community of wealth and prosperity for many Black Americans in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the early 1900’s. We will dive into its history and hear from a guest panel of Black entrepreneurs that are sure to inspire you to start your own business or non-profit organization! Check out the replay below!

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Royal Pursuit: Pursuing Black Excellence

POSTPONED due to inclement weather and regional electrical outages.

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Calling all kings and queens who are in the pursuit of Black excellence! Take your seats! Join us to learn about Black excellence and leadership from those who have been there, done that from UTD Black alumni, faculty, and staff. This event will include networking opportunities, career exploration and learning about where your dreams can take you after graduation. Registration is required.

Guest Panelists:

  • Dr. Stephanie G. Adams, Dean, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science, UT Dallas
  • Dr. Roderick C. Hunter, Jr., Foot & Ankle Specialist and Podiatrist, Hunter Foot & Ankle Associates
  • Dr. Alicia Makaye, CEO and Co-Founder, GXA
  • Ms. Reshina Warren, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Parks & Recreation
  • Mr. Cameron Woods, Assistant Director of Campus Employment Programs, University Career Center, UT Dallas
  • Dr. Chadwin Young, Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, UT Dallas

Register Here!

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Trap Yoga

POSTPONED due to inclement weather and regional electrical outages.

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Let’s all inhale (deep breath), exhale (deep breath), and dance! The Wellness Center in collaboration with the Multicultural Center presents Trap Yoga, a style of yoga that combines the physical asana practice with trap music, a type of hip-hop that originated in the southern United States. Yoga instructor, Donisha Reed, will walk us through meditation and yoga moves while playing trap music.
Join us on Teams!

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The Big Dinner: African American Heritage Celebration

Thursday, March 4th @ 7 p.m.

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A global pandemic is underway, but the show must go on! We invite you to tap in as we host our annual Big Dinner to end this year’s Black History Month with a virtual bang! Although food won’t be served, we plan to serve good vibes that will leave you satisfied and full of joy! Don’t miss this special event with student performers, and our guest speaker Déjà Rollins, is guaranteed to have you inspired in your seat!
Join us for Dinner!

Black History Month Planning Committee

Black History Month (BHM) at UT Dallas is a collaborative effort between students, staff and faculty here at the university. The Multicultural Center is thankful for their support. The following are cosponsors & collaborators for BHM 2021:

  • African Student Union
  • Black Faculty and Staff Alliance
  • Black Student Alliance
  • Black Students for Public Health
  • Habesha Student Union
  • Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • National Association for Black Accountants
  • Sigma Mu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Student Counseling Center
  • Student Wellness Center
  • Student Union Activities Advisory Board
  • Tau Pi chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
  • UTD #BlackLivesMatter Planning Committee

For more information, please contact the us at 972-883-6390 or [email protected].