The official poster for Black History Month 2021 – theme is “Celebrating Black Excellence: Resiliency and Creativity in the Digital Space.”

California State University, Northridge plans to host multiple virtual Black History Month events to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of the Black community.

Organizations across campus, including the Department of Africana Studies, the CSUN Library and the University Student Union, will hold special online events during the month of February. The theme of this year’s festivities and celebrations is “Celebrating Black Excellence: Resiliency and Creativity in the Digital Space.”

“Our intention  is always to heighten our guests’  awareness to the  long, rich  and checkered history of people of African descent,” said Theresa White, chair of CSUN’s Department of Africana Studies. “Although we celebrate our heritage every day, this past year has forced our community to think deeply about political, racial and social issues of inequality and injustice, as we tapped into the deepest part of our being in order to thrive in the virtual space in the middle of one of the worst global tri-pandemics [health, economic and racial/social inequities] in modern history. But thrive, we have!  

“We are fortunate to have dedicated, passionate, committed faculty, staff and students on our campus who are steadfast in pushing forward in the most trying of circumstances,” White continued. “This year’s theme points our energy in a direction that honors our resiliency.” 

Black History Month began as Negro History Week in 1926,  as the fruitful vision of Carter G. Woodson, founder of  the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and has been transformed into the current monthlong celebration, White said.  In 1976, 50 years  after the first celebration, February was officially designated as  Black History Month.   

A highlight of the CSUN celebration is a Feb. 26 event, a discussion with renowned philosopher Cornel West of Harvard University. West, the author of 20 books, including the bestseller “Race Matters,” has taught at Yale, the University of Paris and Princeton, and frequently appears as a guest on numerous television programs.

Additional celebrations include:


Afro-Tradition, Environmental Racism, and Black Place-Making in Mexico

A Bradley Center Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion with Ebony Bailey, Jayson Maurice Porter and Meztli Yoalli Rodriguez

Feb. 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.



Black Student Leadership Council and USU: WELCOME BLACK

Presented by the University Student Union

Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.



How You Doin’: Acting Tips and Tricks with Jonathan Thompson and Shiku Thuo

Presented by the Pride Center

Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Instagram Live


The Lavender Takeover: Black Hair with Project Q 

Presented by the Pride Center

Feb. 9, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.



Check It OUT

Presented by the Pride Center

Feb. 10, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.

Instagram Live


Tech Fest

Presented by the Career Center

Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Handshake and Zoom


Healthy Love: Connecting Black 

Panel Discussion with Khaleah K. Bradshaw and Therapist Eve Marie Ford

Presented by the Africana Studies

Feb. 12, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.



Don’t Touch My Hair

Mixed Chicks CEO Kim Etheredge and Stylist LaRae Buress will be speaking

Presented by the Black House & WISDOM

Feb. 15, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.



Black Deaf Excellence

Presented by Ernest E. Hairston, ASL/English interpreter provided

Presented by Deaf Studies

Feb. 16, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.



The Lavender Takeover – Black Love

Presented by the Pride Center

Feb. 16, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.



In addition to events, the CSUN Library is also marking the occasion with a Black History Month Virtual Book Display and a virtual exhibition: Confronting a Pandemic within a Pandemic: 2020 Black Lives Matter Protests in L.A.

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