Black History Month 2017

January 23, 2017

This February, celebrate Black History Month with events and programming from the Department of African American Studies and other VCU departments.


Events include: 


- On January 27, NAACP at VCU hosts "Unapologetically Black," featuring Zoe Spencer, an Associate Professor of sociology, social work, and criminal justice at Virginia State University. The presentation will be held in the Alumni Boardroom in the University Student Commons from 5-8 PM.


- VCU AFAM has partnered with The CW Richmond to produce a series of vignettes for Black History Month. The 30 second spots, which will air throughout the month, will feature some lesser known figures of Black History, with a focus on people and events in Richmond.


- On February 8, AFAM kicks off its annual Spring Lecture Series with a talk by Aniekan Udofia. The Black Artist in Perspective: Aniekan Udofia will be held at 4 PM at the Depot (814 West Broad Street).


- On February 9, VCU Libraries will present their 15th Annual Black History Month Lecture. This year's speaker will be Colson Whitehead, author of the 2016 novel The Underground Railroad. The lecture will take place from 7-9 PM in the third-floor lecture hall in Cabell Library.


- On February 15, AFAM will host its annual Black History in the Making ceremony. The ceremony honors students selected by academic departments across VCU for their stellar achievements at school, work, and in the community. The ceremony will be held from 7-9 PM (NOTE: new time) in the Depot (814 West Broad Street).

African American Studies is still soliciting nominations from departments through February 3. Faculty, advisers, and department heads who have questions about the award and selection process may contact Dae Newman at


Please keep an eye on this page for updates and additional events.