Black History Month 2023


2023 Black History Month

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2023 BHM art piece "Planted"

The concept is a garden being planted by a group of Black and BIPOC gardeners where we see a cross section of the soil beneath their feet.  In the soil is a vibrant array of villages, wild animals, and symbols that represent the ways both our ancestors and nature play an important role in us being "rooted" or "planted" as a people.
The piece is intended to highlight the importance of community in creating nourishing lives (gardeners working alongside and with one another) and the resilience and legacy of those who've come before us (represented by the vibrant underground life in the soil).  With the strength and resilience of our ancestors in mind, we can come together to plant roots in new places.  It is a metaphor for the slow increase of Black and BIPOC families settling down roots in New England (and UNH by proxy).

Artists: Cynthia Velásquez-Owens  and  Caché Owens-Velásquez
Art work is on display in foyer of MUB 3rd floor main entrance door.


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Black History Month Kickoff
Wed, Feb 1, 6:30pm, Beauregard Center (MUB Rm 120)

Come learn how Black History Month came to be.  Come prepared to discuss, hear stories you may not have heard before, snack, listen, paint, and reflect.

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Event sponsored by Black Student Union and Black Lives Matter Seacoast


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Wakanda Forever
(offered twice) Fri, Feb 3, and Sat, Feb 4, 7:00pm, MUB Theater II

View the sequel to Marvel's Black Panther movie as the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter. 

Event sponsored by CAB

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"Before European Contact": Changing the Ways we Present Our History

Sunday, Feb 5, 2:00-3:30pm
Levenson Room, Portsmouth Public Library

This panel discussion aims to provide greater awareness of the indigenous and African American experiences before European contact. 

Event is part of  Black Heritage Trail NH Tea Talks 2023 series

More information and in-person or virtual registration | (

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No To Patterns: The Live Experience
Thurs, Feb 9, 7:00pm
3S Artspace, Portsmouth

Tune in to stories shared by a panel of thriving business owners of the BIPOC seacoast community and their journey of getting there.

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MLK Day of Service
Saturday, Feb 11, 9:00am-4:00pm (different activity timetables)
MUB, Strafford Rm

Volunteers are needed to support packing 10,000 meals with Meals of hope to be donated to local food pantries (including Cats Cupboard) and the NH Food Bank.

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Event sponsored by The Beauregard Center, Community Engagement, Residential Life, Off-Campus Engagement & Fraternity and Sorority Life, MUB, Student Government Assoc., COLA, Paul College, NH Listens, and Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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The Paradox of Education for Black and Brown Children
Sunday, Feb 12, 2:00-3:30pm
Levenson Rm, Portsmouth Public Library
This panel discussion will focus on "divisive concepts" laws and their effect on classroom  teaching  perspectives.

Event is part of  Black Heritage Trail NH  Tea Talks 2023 series

More information and in-person or virtual registration

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Women of Color Museum - A Tribute to the Contributions of Black Women
Mon, Feb 13, MUB Strafford Rm
Gallery open from 10:00am-2:00pm

The exhibit profiles several dynamic Black women who have made significant contributions to society and includes original artifacts, signed documents, and photos of individuals who have impacted the history of Black women around the world.

Event sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies Department, Social Work Department and Memorial Union and Student Activities

Moonlight Movie Night - Black History Month

LPE Movie Night: "Moonlight"
Tues, Feb 14, Horton 115

Screening of Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins (2016). There will be pizza, candy and conversations!

The event is open to everyone in the university community.

Event Sponsored by: Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) - Communication Honor Society

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The Cite Black Women Podcast and Chat Series: Dr. Daina Ramey Berry
Thurs, Feb 16, 12:45-2:00pm (online)

Podcast features reflections and conversations about politics and acknowledging Black women's ideas and intellectual contributions.  Dr. Daina Ramey Berry author of "A Black Women's History of the United States", and Associate Dean of The Graduate School at Univ of Texas, Austin will be the featured guest of this podcast

Zoom Link:

Event sponsored by SHARPP

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Deep Relaxation: Restorative Yoga for Race-Based Stress/Trauma
Fri, Feb 17
12:30-1:45pm, Hamel Rec Center Studio

Race-based stress is ongoing, cumulative, and recurrent experiences that lead to prolonged chronic stress. Restorative yoga is a self-care practice that allows the body to come into its relaxation response to find healing. In this practice, you’ll be guided into postures (with blankets, pillows, yoga props) that allow you to feel comfort and ease so that you can come into an overall softened state of stillness

Come as you are, no yoga experience required.  Please arrive at least 5 min prior to start of class

Event sponsored by Health and Wellness

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Cultivating Community: Paul College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference
Friday, Feb 17, 8:30am-3:00pm
In-person, Paul College

Conference has multiple components centered on the theme "Cultivating Community" and is open to students, faculty, staff, alums, business leaders and local community.

More information and registration

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Film "The Woman King"
Offered: (2/17, 7:00pm), (2/18, 7:00pm), (2/19, 3:00pm)

Historical action drama about the Agojie, the all-female warrior unit that protected the West African Kingdom of Dahomey during the 17th-19th centuries. 

Event sponsored by CAB, Ticket information

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"Beyond Forty Acres": Land Owernship, and Black Wealth
Sunday, Feb 19, 2:00-3:30pm
Levenson Rm, Portsmouth Public Library

Panelists will share the history and personal stories of land ownership, discriminatory practices and innovative ways Black New England farmers are reclaiming the land.

Event is part of  Black Heritage Trail NH  Tea Talks 2023 series

More information and in-person or virtual registration

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Roll, Bounce, Peace and Love Soul Train
Sun, Feb 19, 6:30pm, MUB Granite State Rm

Come dressed in your best disco outfits and enjoy evening of music and dance moves from the disco era. 

Ticket info

Event sponsored by Black Student Union, see more on Instagram

Black Maternal Health Panel

Black Maternal Health Panel
Tues Feb 21, 11am, UNH Law Rm 205

Event Sponsored by: If/When/How and BLSA

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"Shadows Fall North" Panel Discussion
Feb 21, 7-8:00pm (online)

Film chronicles the efforts of two community scholars and activists who bring to light stories of Africans and African-Americans in New Hampshire from slavery to the Civil Rights era.  Panelists include JerriAnne Boggis, Executive Director, Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, and Honorable David H. Watters, NH State Senator and UNH Professor Emeritus and more . .

Event is  sponsored by UNH Alumni Relations and The Office of Community, Equity and Diversity

To register for program and receive Zoom link

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Black History Month Lunch
Wed, Feb 22, 11:30am-4:30pm
UNH Dining Halls

Join us for lunch at Holloway Commons and Philbrook Dining Halls and taste menu items curated by Chef Kevin Mitchell, an author, culinary historian, chef-instructor at the Culinary Institute of Charleston, and adjunct instructor at The Culinary Institute of America.

More on Chef Mitchell and the menu

Event sponsored by UNH Dining

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Audre Lorde Summit
Fri, Feb 24 - Sun, Feb 26

This summit is for UNH undergrad and graduate students and provides a learning space to build identity competencies and expand knowledge and skills to foster equity and inclusion practices, and explore critical issues related to social inequity.

For more info and registration

Event sponsored by The Beauregard Center

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Black Excellence Weekend
Feb 25-26, Hamilton-Smith Hall, UNH

Black Lives Matter Seacoast is hosting 2-day event at UNH featuring  full-day conference and Seacoast Awards Night with keynote speaker, dinner, and performances.

Event sponsored by Black Lives Matter Seacoast.
For more information and ticket purchases

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"Shades of Black":Connected by Color, Culture and Community
Sunday, Feb 26, 2:00-3:30pm
Levenson Rm, Portsmouth Public Library

Black Americans from diverse backgrounds will share their stories on what it means to live in and love their own skin.  

Event is part of  Black Heritage Trail NH Tea Talks 2023 series

More information and in-person or virtual registration

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Amplify Podcast & Chat Series: Jermaine Fowler
Tues, Feb 28, 12:45-2:00pm (online)

This episode of "Living Black History" is a recorded lecture where Jermaine Fowler reimagines the past history in ways that can sustain us and move us forward.    Jermaine is the founder of The Humanity Archive.

Zoom Link:

Event sponsored by SHARPP

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Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversation
Sunday, March 5, 2:00-3:30pm
Levenson Rm, Portsmouth Public Library

Panelists will explore the myth of the model minority and how we can speak openly and honestly in cross-racial conversations.

Event is part of  Black Heritage Trail NH Tea Talks 2023 series

More information and in-person or virtual registration


More Local Community
BHM Events and

February - Currier Museum of Art exhibit, Manchester,  "Memoirs of a Ghost Girlhood: a Black Girl's Window", more info

Feb 3, Black History Month Unity Concert with Martin Toe and Destin Boy Official, Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH  Ticket information

Feb 6, NH Humanities Council - Durham Public Library discussion (online) "The Stono Rebellion" presented by  Damien Costello  More Info

Feb 8, NH Humanities - Dover Public Library: book discussion (online) "Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow"   More Info

Feb 11, "Moses, The Musical: A Black History Month Event", Portland Maine Tickets and info

Feb 18, 10am-2pm, 121 Cedar St., Manchester, Black History Month Celebration, free food, door prizes, entertainment, support your local Black-owned businesses  more info

Feb 27, NH Humanities - Newmarket Public Library discussion (online) "Abolitionists of Noyes Academy", presented by Dan Billin  More Info

Museum of African American History, Boston - List of upcoming events  

For more Boston events go to: Eventbrite - Black History Month Events