University of Pittsburgh's K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Celebration

Black migrations poster depicting scenes from African American life

Black History Month is celebrated annually during the month of February to acknowledge and celebrate the important contributions of people of African descent to our nation's life and culture.  Black History Month, which began as Negro History Week in 1926 under the leadership of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, falls in February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. 

This year's national theme is "Black Migrations," which emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.  You can read more about the theme on the ASALH website

The Pitt community is encouraged to actively engage in the celebration of Black History Month.  A list of 2019 Black History Monthy University Wide events is available below or check the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Event Calendar for all events.

Our signature event, the K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Program hosted by the Chancellor, is named for K. Leroy Irvis, a 1954 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and one of the most important and influential men in Pennsylvania history.

To add an event to the ODI calendar, please complete this form.  

Black History Month Events



Ferguson Voices Opening Reception

Friday, February 1, 2019

K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Program hosted by the Chancellor

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon 

A Book Talk by Guest Author Maxine Gordon

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Discussion: Black Lives Matter: intersectional and transnational perspectives

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Advancing Health Equity and the Human Right to Health: Social Policy Perspectives on Public Health

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wylie Avenue Days Film Screening

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Racial Regimes in Transnational Context: A conversation with Michael Hanchard

Monday, February 18, 2019

In Search of Home: The Legacy of Black Women's Migration Narrative 

Pitt African American Alumni Council, ODI, and Africana Studies Black History Month Lecture by Dr. Marta Effinger

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

ODI Black History Month Program in partnership with the Pitt School of Law

Panel Discussion "How engagement between police and communities impacts communities of color"

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Hands-On Community Workshop with Poet/Artists Saretta Morgan and Bekezela Mguni

Monday, February 25, 2019