Celebrate Black History Month at Northwestern

Black History Month celebrations and reflections include campus-wide and identity-based discussions and performances. Harambee kicks of the month of programming January 27


  • The celebration, sponsored by For Members Only (FMO) and Multicultural Student Affairs, will bring together faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the African Diaspora to enjoy music, performances, and food. 'Harambee,' meaning 'all together' in Swahili, refers to the indigenous Kenyan tradition of collective community participation.

Focusing on Black women

  • On February 7th, Black women are welcome to explore the journey to self-love at Radical Self-Love: Learning to Live in Harmony Amongst the Contradiction, an event sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs, Northwestern Residential Life and Norris University Center.
  • Lizette Williams, a marketer and Kellogg alum, will present on Cracking the Concrete Ceiling: Bringing Black Girl Magic to Corporate America on February 22. 

Call to Action

  • The Sheil Catholic Center and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will host a February 9th discussion, Being My Sibling’s Keeper: A Dialogue on Race, Policing, and the Christian Call to Action, on how Christianity compels active allyship to marginalized communities. 

Know Your Status

  • Stop by the Multicultural Center of February 10th for free HIV Testing and counseling.

Artistic Expression

  • Beginning with a reception on February 16, visit the Dittmar gallery to experience Neither Free | Nor, an exhibit by Chicago painter Brittney Leeanne Williams. The series "investigates the black body as a site of suffering, mourning, and memorialization, yet still one that is available to transcendence."