Honoring Black History

From the desk of Natasha Martin, JD, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion:

As we begin this month of February honoring Black history, we are mindful of the paradox of beginning this designated celebration amid the deep polarity and tumult of our times, and wounds that only time and intention can begin to heal. 

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What is Black History Month?

panel of speakers with audience facing them. Professor Angelique Davis is holding a microphone while Professor Holly Slay Ferraro and Carter Johnson listens

History of slavery in America:

  • The 1619 Project, The New York Times Magazine, with an introduction by Nikole Hannah-Jones (documents the complex history of American slavery from 1619-1865; offering research and evidence that slavery was not an event, rather integral to the economic fortitude, industrial growth, and social fabric of American life.)

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Join us for Virtual Events all Month

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Enjoy NPR's collection of podcasts

Link to the full list here

 Learn the Black National Anthem: Lyrics here

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Past Events


illustrated multiple stacks of books, spine facing the viewer, with details about OMA's Black History Month Programming

 Alber's Black Student and Alumni Council State of the Black Union flyer

Flyer for the 3rd Annual Black Student Union Showcase


In the News

Seattle University's Black Student Union was recently mentioned in The Seattle Times Education Lab Newsletter for their multiplatform campaign to fund a scholarship program for Black students.

They were previously featured in the South Seattle Emerald:

"BSU is currently working to raise $200,000 by March 1, to fund an annual, need-based scholarship for Black students.Read more

"The Cherokee and other Native American nations originally in the South had purchased enslaved Black people as laborers in the 18th and 19th centuries, and had brought them along when they were driven westward by white settlers. After the Civil War, the practice ended with the 1866 treaty, which also guaranteed that freed Black people and their descendants would “have all the rights and privileges of native Cherokees.” But what followed were broken promises, exclusions and painful fights...." 

Cherokee Nation Addresses Bias Against Descendants of Enslaved People - The New York Times

The tribe’s Supreme Court excised language from its constitution that limited the citizenship rights of descendants of Black people who had been enslaved by the tribe before the Civil War.

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Faculty Features

Book Title: Presumed Incompetent II Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia Cover art: Illustration of three women various shades as one face


Book Title: Surviving the Americas Garifuna Persistence from Nicaragua to New York City