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Loyola Marymount Plans Events to Celebrate Black History Month

Loyola Marymount University will host a series of events on campus throughout February in honor of Black History Month.

This year’s theme is “Blacks in the Struggle,” which recognizes historical and contemporary barriers, as well as those individuals who engaged in and endured the struggle for freedom and those who are currently mired in the struggle to maintain it.

This month’s events are spearheaded by the Office of Black Student Services, along with other campus entities, including the Departments of African American Studies, Sociology, History, and Theological Studies; the Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination; the School of Film and Television; the CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice; The Loyolan; and numerous student organizations, including the Black Student Union and ASLMU.

Some of this year’s highlights include:

  • Feb. 8 – Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the American University Anti-Racism Center, will discuss his book Racist Ideas in America: from Slavery to the Movement for Black Lives.
  • Feb. 16 – An off-campus screening of the new Marvel Comics film Black Panther.
  • Feb. 20 – Sports commentator and activist Jemele Hill will be this year’s First Amendment Week speaker.
  • Feb. 24 and 25 – “Voices of Justice” stories and dramatic presentations.

Other events include screenings, talks, and the ever-popular Sweet Potato Pie Social on Feb. 16. The full schedule is below.

Black History Month Infographic