EPP is excited to celebrate Black History Month by recognizing the vital role of Black people in U.S. history. We will be sharing historical info, resources, & virtual events all month long! Check our Twitter (@epp_tn) and calendar for updates.
Black History Month began in 1976, 50 years after the first Negro History Week celebration that was initiated in 1925 by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). The original week-long celebration fell in February to encompass both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. The community response was immense and led to engagement activities, clubs, socials, and civic involvement. The intent of these calendar events is to set aside a time of year for celebrating, educating, and reflecting on Black (and African American) culture as it had/has been forgotten in history, curriculum, and consumable media. EPP’s D&I committee will be sharing historical info, resources, & virtual events all month long to celebrate with the community!
If there is anything you would like to share, please share it with us (ut_EPP_DivInc@live.utk.edu) to help amplify your voice. We will include articles, virtual events, and more in upcoming emails. Note, we are going to try our best to do this each month so if you are interested in leading, helping, and/or sharing activities, events, readings, movies, please email us.