In 1926, a black historian name Carter Godwin Woodson established Black History Month - an annual international celebration throughout the month of February. From its humble beginnings in the United States this event now occurs in Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America.
Every year in the month of February, USIU-Africa celebrates Black History Month; a month-long global celebration that seeks to inform, educate and acknowledge achievements of the African diaspora throughout the world.
For the past nineteen years, United States International University - Africa has led cerebrations in Kenya, focusing on the accomplishments and issues of Africa and its people, as well as sharing a vision for the future.
The 2016 USIU-Africa Black History Month theme is "Africa's Continental Historical Phenomenology: Its Impact on the Present”. Activities will highlight the Pan-African perspective in exploring the connection between our historical past and the present, and also extrapolate what the future holds. Discussions will focus on the pre-colonial, colonial, and neo-colonial eras primarily within the context of economic, political, and socio-cultural themes.
This year, Black History Month 2016 will include a series of activities such as high profile public lectures by notable men and women from all walks of life, community engagement, music, dance, spoken word, exhibitions among others, to be hosted by the Black History Month 2016 Committee.
BHM 2016 will be launched this Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at the auditorium, with a keynote address by Prof. Mathew Buyu (Professor of Literature and retired USIU-Africa Deputy Vice Chancellor - Academic Affairs) at 11am.
The program for the Black History Month Opening Ceremony can be downloaded Here