In 1926, Carter G. Woodson laid the groundwork for Black History Month by establishing the first Negro History Week, an event dedicated to celebrating the history, politics, and culture of Black people.
This year, Oberlin College is proud to continue this legacy in our chosen theme for Black History Month 2022: Black History Year. Our official celebration extends Black History Month beyond the end of February, starting alongside the spring semester on February 18 and ending on March 31, 2022. We believe that the study of Black people and culture deserves a consistent focus; it should not be limited to one month. Our theme embodies our commitment to studying Black culture and supporting Black people, recognizing the diversity and importance of Black experiences, narratives, and innovations.
Additionally, throughout March, we look forward to highlighting the achievements and experiences of Black women in honor of Women’s History Month. For March, many of our accomplished speakers will be Black women, presenting on a wide array of topics. We look forward to uplifting their work and hope you will join us in honoring Black history—throughout the year.