Black History Month 2021

Celebrate Black History Month at Harvard from February 1 to March 1, 2021. Black History Month began in 1926 as a smaller week-long celebration, which was organized by what is now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The month of February officially became "Black History Month" in 1976 and gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the cultural and historical contributions of Black/African American people in the United States. To learn more about Black History Month please visit: https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month 

2021 Feb 24

Inspirational Black Trailblazers in Dentistry: The Installation of Dr. Freeman’s Portrait

Date: 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion 
would like to invite you to

Inspirational Black Trailblazers in Dentistry:  
The Installation of Dr. Freeman’s Portrait

opening remarks by 
Dean Will Giannobile

introduction of trailblazers by 
Natalie Wen, DMD 2022 & 
Kristie Kaczmarek, DMD 2023

main talk presented by 
Dr. Brian Swann 
Assistant Professor of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology

moderated by 
Dr. Vincenzo G. Terán 
Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion 

Please join us for the third lecture in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine's Spring 2021 Proseminar in Social Medicine. On Wednesday, February 24th, from 12-1:30pm, Dr. Joseph P. Gone will present, "The Urban American Indian Traditional Spirituality Program: Community Engagement and Cultural Adaptation in Indigenous Health." Dr. Gone is Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also Faculty Director of the Harvard University Native American Program. 

Dr. Gone will be joined by discussant Dr. Byron Good. Dr. Good is Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Harvard University. He is also Director of the International Mental Health Training Program, funded by Fogerty International Center to train psychiatrists from China in mental Health Services.   

The Spring 2021 Proseminar in Social Medicine will be held on alternate Wednesdays from 12-1:30pm via Zoom. 

February 24th, 2021 Zoom details: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/95261912030?pwd=M2xMekhKb2w1enVMUkpXckxPMG13UT09 

Password: 543568 

2021 Feb 24

The History of Structural Racism in Charlottesville

Date: 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

The History of Structural Racism in Charlottesville: Legally enforced Segregation and Its Impact on Health 

Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, 

The Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics is partnering with the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care on a series of events in acknowledgement of Black History Month.  This event is a part of that series.

Additional details about the series and resources can be found on the Harvard Center's website:  https://bioethics.hms.harvard.edu/events/black-history-month-event-series

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2021 Feb 24

Hidden Figures: Celebrating Black Achievement in Space

Date: 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:30pm

Location: 

Virtual

Join us in observance and celebration of Black History Month when the Institute of Politics hosts a conversation between NASA Astronaut Dr. Jeanette J. Epps and Charles F. Bolden Jr., Major General, USMC (Ret.), 12th NASA Administrator, and member of the Institute of Politics Senior Advisory Committee.

Dr. Epps is slated to make history as the first Black woman crew member to work and live on the International Space Station in 2021. She will be joined in conversation with fellow former Astronaut Charles Bolden to reflect upon their challenges and success of their unique paths and contributions to public service and science. 

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2021 Feb 26

Black Voices & Visions: A panel discussion on racial reckoning, justice, & healing

Date: 

Friday, February 26, 2021, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Virtual

TALÍRIA PETRONE, Brazilian Congresswoman 
Moderated by STEVEN LEVITSKY, Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, DRCLAS

Brazil has been in a state of political turmoil since 2013. Mass protest, a dubiously democratic presidential impeachment, highly politicized anti-corruption investigations, the renewed presence of the military in political life, rising right-wing extremism, and the election of an extremist and authoritarian president has given rise to both dysfunctional government (amid a deep economic and public health crisis) and increasing political violence. Although these troubling developments threaten the democratic institutions built after Brazil’s last military dictatorship, an important source of democratic resilience has been an unprecedented cohort of grassroots black, feminist, and LGBTQ+ activists elected to local, state, and federal legislatures.

This event is virtual and will be held in Portuguese with simultaneous English translation. For more information about the event, click here.

Presented in collaboration with Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University.  

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2021 Feb 27

2021 Black Health Matters Conference

Date: 

Saturday, February 27, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, February 28, 2021 (All day)

Location: 

Virtual

We are the Harvard Undergraduate Black Health Advocates (HUBHA), the student organization that hosts the annual Black Health Matters Conference at Harvard University, the next of which will take place virtually on February 27-28, 2021.

The goal of our conference is to shed light on health disparities by analyzing a wide range of disparities in health, ranging from social stigmas surrounding mental health to the effects of healthcare policy. Our two-day conference offers attendees a diverse range of panels, workshops, and TED-style talks to give them opportunities to both learn and engage in discussions on systems, both historical and modern, that continue to adversely affect Black health. The theme of this year’s conference is “Taking an Intersectional Approach to Systemic Racism.” We will explore the ways in which the multitude of identities that Black people hold (gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, ethnic identity, etc.) are differentially impacted by systemic inequalities.  

You will be able to purchase affordable tickets here. You have the option to purchase either day or weekend passes, and reduced prices are offered to all college students. We will have speakers discussing a wide array of issues around black health that we feel you may be interested in. Our full agenda is below. For more information about the Black Health Matters Conference, please visit our website

2021 Mar 09

Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery: Reckoning with the Past to Understand the Present

Date: 

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 4:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

The presidential initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, anchored at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, is an effort to understand and address the enduring legacy of slavery within our University community. 

Speakers: 

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, H&LS committee chair of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, dean of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, and professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University  

Tiya Miles, member of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, and professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University  

Martha Minow, member of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, former dean of Harvard Law School, and 300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard University. 

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2021 Jun 02

Hollywood’s $10B Problem: Increasing Black Representation

Date: 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Online

People from BIPOC communities face a myriad of challenges in the entertainment industry, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. From on-screen talent and actors to production crews, publicity teams, talent management, writing and film criticism, marginalized groups often remain underrepresented in all aspects of an industry that has major influence on American culture. A recent report released by McKinsey & Company confirms that, despite evidence that shows addressing these racial inequities could reap an additional $10 billion in annual revenue, efforts by the industry to create parity continue to be inadequate.

Join alums Sheldon Lyn (HBS ’07) co-author and partner in McKinsey & Company’s Southern California office and Dom Furlong (HBS ’20) key collaborator of McKinsey’s Black Representation in Film and TV: The Challenges and Impact of Increasing Diversity, where they will discuss the results of the report findings, critical industry pain points and steps to take toward industry-wide changes meant to increase representation and provide space for a new and diverse generation of creatives.

Joining the discussion is Franklin Leonard, a film and television producer, cultural commentator, and entrepreneur. 

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2021 Jun 08

Yes, I am Black and I am Proud: Staff and Faculty group

Date: 

Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Dec 16 2021 except Thu Nov 25 2021.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Telemedicine

Photo of a three story Boston house overlaid with a purple and golden zigzag border

This group is offered to all people who identify as a member of the Black race regardless of ethnicity. Led by Dyanne London, PhD, an African American clinical psychologist, Yes, I am Black and I am Proud is a drop-in support group which will provde a confidential space to vent, talk, voice experiences with racism, oppression, stereotype, invisibility, microagressions, disrespect, stress of being the one, ignorance by others, language coding and racial trauma from society and here at Harvard.  Hosted by Harvard University Health Services Behavioral Health. Offered every Tuesay at 4 p.m. ET. 

Staff and faculty can call 617-495-2323 to be added to the group.

2021 Jun 10

Yes, I am Black and I am Proud: Staff and Faculty group

Date: 

Thursday, June 10, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Telemedicine

Photo of a three story Boston house overlaid with a purple and golden zigzag border

This group is offered to all people who identify as a member of the Black race regardless of ethnicity. Led by Dyanne London, PhD, an African American clinical psychologist, Yes, I am Black and I am Proud is a drop-in support group which will provde a confidential space to vent, talk, voice experiences with racism, oppression, stereotype, invisibility, microagressions, disrespect, stress of being the one, ignorance by others, language coding and racial trauma from society and here at Harvard.  Hosted by Harvard University Health Services Behavioral Health. Offered every Tuesay at 4 p.m. ET. 

Staff and faculty can call 617-495-2323 to be added to the group.

2021 Jun 10

Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition

Date: 

Thursday, June 10, 2021, 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Location: 

Online

This webinar is presented by the Capital Access Hub of the Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association.

Entrepreneurship is all about startups and having an outstanding idea for a product or service, or so we are told.The truth is there are many paths to entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA) – the process of acquiring and operating an existing operation or raising a search fund has become increasingly popular in recent years.

Please join us for a webinar featuring Harvard Business School Senior Lecturer Archie L. Jones, Jr. to demystify the world of ETA, including SPACs and special purpose vehicles. In the 75-minute session, we will unpack the ETA process and highlight stories of HBS alums who have successfully completed search funds or acquired companies. 

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2021 Jun 12

Brunch with Baldwin

Date: 

Saturday, June 12, 2021, 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Online

James Baldwin in a white collared shirt tilting his head, the background sunlit greenery and roses

Please join the Harvard Club of Washington, DC for “Brunch with Baldwin,” an online event featuring Robert Reid-Pharr, Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. Dr. Reid-Pharr was awarded a 2020-2021 Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study fellowship and has used this year to work on a new book, James Baldwin: The Making of an American Icon. 

By genre a biography, the book is described as an attempt to understand how Baldwin came to be among the most celebrated figures of the Civil Rights movement and why he remains a compelling figure more than 30 years after his death.  The book draws heavily on archival materials housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Houghton and Beinecke Libraries of Harvard and Yale Universities.

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2021 Jun 14

Martin Luther King & The Struggle for Voting Rights, Making Democracy Work

Date: 

Monday, June 14, 2021, 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Online

Join the Harvard Business School for a special session in which Professor David Moss, author of the acclaimed book “Democracy: A Case Study,” makes history come alive with an audience-driven discussion of Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggle for voting rights. Professor Moss will bring his wildly popular approach to teaching the history of American democracy to a new stage. It will be an afternoon that challenges the way you think about America’s history and civic life – and your place in it.

There will be an HBS case study distributed to participants to read in advance, and a lively, in-depth discussion during this virtual program.

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2021 Jun 14

On Juneteenth with Annette Gordon-Reed

Date: 

Monday, June 14, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Online

Annette Gordon-Reed smiling before a bookshelf

Join Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Harvard Carl M. Loeb University Professor, for a talk about her latest book On Juneteenth.  There will be a spoken word performance by Harvard college student Remka Nwana, and book giveaway to students and Harvard community members in need.

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2021 Jun 14

The Education Trap: Schools and the Remaking of Inequality in Boston

Date: 

Monday, June 14, 2021, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Online

For generations, Americans have looked to education as the solution to economic disadvantage. Yet, although more people are earning degrees, the gap between rich and poor is widening. Cristina Viviana Groeger’s book The Education Trap: Schools and the Remaking of Inequality in Boston (Harvard University Press, 2021) delves into the history of this seeming contradiction, using Boston as a test case. In this Massachusetts Historical Society event, Groeger, an assistant professor of history at Lake Forest College, will engage in conversation with Michael Glass, an assistant professor of history at Boston College.

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2021 Jun 15

Stories of Juneteenth: A Conversation with Ms. Opal

Date: 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Online

Ms. Opal Lee, a grandmother in a purple silk headwrap and gold embroidered dress

Known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth”, Ms. Opal Lee tells stories of her life and her personal journey to establish Juneteenth as a national holiday. Ms. Opal will be joined by Harvard University professors Evelyn Hammonds and Annette Gordon-Reed, author of the new book On Juneteenth. Presented with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Research Science Association.

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2021 Jun 17

Past, Present, and Future of Juneteenth

Date: 

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Online

Golden letters across red, black, and green bold stripes, Juneteenth Freedom Day

A panel of experts will discuss the history of Juneteenth, what the holiday means for Americans, and ways in which all communities can observe, reflect, and educate in commemoration. Shirley Greene, associate dean of students at Harvard's Division of Continuing Education (DCE) will join the discussion moderated by Kristen L. Pope, DCE social media manager and award-winning broadcast journalist.

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2021 Jun 17

Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue

Date: 

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Online

Chef Adrian E. Miller in a grey suit jacket leaning over a wood table full of barbecue, mac and cheese, hot sauce, and cherry soda

Soul food scholar and James Beard Book Award Winner Adrian E. Miller discusses the history of African American barbecue culture detailed in his book Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue.  The talk will be moderated by Edmund Barry Gaither, executive director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists and organizer of the Boston Franklin Park Annual Juneteenth Celebrations. Register and attend for a chance to recieve giveaways from Black-owned BBQ joint Larry J’s in Boston.

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2021 Jun 17

Yes, I am Black and I am Proud: Staff and Faculty group

Date: 

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Telemedicine

Photo of a three story Boston house overlaid with a purple and golden zigzag border

This group is offered to all people who identify as a member of the Black race regardless of ethnicity. Led by Dyanne London, PhD, an African American clinical psychologist, Yes, I am Black and I am Proud is a drop-in support group which will provde a confidential space to vent, talk, voice experiences with racism, oppression, stereotype, invisibility, microagressions, disrespect, stress of being the one, ignorance by others, language coding and racial trauma from society and here at Harvard.  Hosted by Harvard University Health Services Behavioral Health. Offered every Tuesay at 4 p.m. ET. 

Staff and faculty can call 617-495-2323 to be added to the group.

2021 Jun 18

Race in American: Black Economic Mobility

Date: 

Friday, June 18, 2021, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Online

From the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the past year has reignited questions about the impact of the racial wealth gap on Black communities. Join Washington Post Live for conversations about why these inequities have persisted for so long, public policies to promote economic mobility, and the role of the private sector among other issues. In a sponsor segment presented by McKinsey’s Institute for Black Economic Mobility, Shelley Stewart will present the findings of a new report on the economic state of Black America.

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SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
John W. Rogers Jr., Chair & Co-CEO, Ariel Investments
Cecilia Rouse, Chair, White House Council of Economic Advisers 


 

2021 Jun 18

On Juneteenth—A Discussion with Annette Gordon-Reed

Date: 

Friday, June 18, 2021, 2:00pm

Location: 

Online

The American Philosophical Society hosts a virtual discussion with Annette Gordon-Reed, Carl M. Loeb University Professor and member of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, about her new book, On Juneteenth (Liveright, 2021). A commemoration of Juneteenth and the fraught legacies of slavery that still persist, the book is a stark reminder that the fight for equality is ongoing.

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2021 Jun 18

When Did Slavery End in the United States for African Americans?

Date: 

Friday, June 18, 2021, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Online

Antoinette Harrell, author, historian, and genealogist, will discuss litigation arising from violations of statutes implementing the 13th Amendment, which outlaws slavery and certain forms of involuntary servitude. The files pertain to complaints made by persons (victims) who were being held against their will or forced to work off debts through threats and intimidation by employers or others (subjects), most of whom were African Americans who were physically forced or sometimes beaten to return to former employers to work off their debts. The pastor, author, and Dozier School for Boys survivor Johnny Lee Gaddy and the Franklin Law Group founder, president, and CEO Stephanie Suzanne Franklin will join the discussion.

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2021 Jun 18

One Night in Boston: A Celebration of Juneteenth

Date: 

Friday, June 18, 2021, 6:30pm to 11:30pm

Location: 

Nubian Square, Roxbury, MA

Boston skyline illuminated against the Charles River at dusk

The evening features musical performances, a film premier, and a tribute to Black Music Month. Events run through the weekend, and made possible by local organizations including the Harvard Medical School.

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2021 Jun 24

Yes, I am Black and I am Proud: Staff and Faculty group

Date: 

Thursday, June 24, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Telemedicine

Photo of a three story Boston house overlaid with a purple and golden zigzag border

This group is offered to all people who identify as a member of the Black race regardless of ethnicity. Led by Dyanne London, PhD, an African American clinical psychologist, Yes, I am Black and I am Proud is a drop-in support group which will provde a confidential space to vent, talk, voice experiences with racism, oppression, stereotype, invisibility, microagressions, disrespect, stress of being the one, ignorance by others, language coding and racial trauma from society and here at Harvard.  Hosted by Harvard University Health Services Behavioral Health. Offered every Tuesay at 4 p.m. ET. 

Staff and faculty can call 617-495-2323 to be added to the group.

2021 Jun 25

Brave Conversations: Is the Racial Reckoning in the United States Over?

Date: 

Friday, June 25, 2021, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Online

Join Dr. William T. Lewis, Sr., nationally recognized diversity, equity, and inclusion thought leader, and host of Beyond Color Blind Podcast and special guest Vernā  Myers, Inclusion Strategist and Cultural Innovator, owner of The Vernā Myers Company (Diversity and Inclusion Training | The Verna Myers Company | Official Website) and VP, Inclusion Strategy at Netflix. Hosted by William T. Lewis and Associates. 

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2021 Jun 28

Injustice Laid Bare: A Pandemic's Revelation in American Healthcare

Date: 

Monday, June 28, 2021, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Online

 

six portraits of pandemic health experts beside a close-up shot of smiling moderator and ABC News Correspondent Deborah Roberts

Racial disparities have plagued the American healthcare system for centuries, and the COVID-19 pandemic revealed just how ingrained and lethal they have become. During COVID-19, Black and brown Americans died at twice the rate of white Americans, and it has taken a worldwide pandemic to make us confront an inalienable truth: Medical racism is a public health crisis. In “Injustice Laid Bare: A Pandemic’s Revelation in American Healthcare,” Harvard Chan School of Public Health will talk to those at the forefront of our nation’s healthcare system as well as those who have directly suffered its indignities, in order to confront the system’s inequities and ensure that the wrongs of our healthcare past and present will not continue.

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