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Black History Month

As the country grapples with its past and strives to create a better future, the University of Houston-Clear Lake continues to challenge our thinking, ask questions and create opportunities to recognize, uplift and celebrate our Black community.

Join us for a series of events honoring Black History Month to explore Black history, culture and stories of our community. These events are hosted by the Office of Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Counseling Services, Cultural Arts, College of Education, College of Human Sciences and Humanities, Alfred R. Neumann Library, Common Reader Program and Alpha Phi Sigma and the Campus Activities Board.

Month-long Events

Black History Book Appreciation Month

Visit the Alfred R. Neumann Library's Clear Lake or Pearland locations or the library website to view select print and electronic books.

Discover Our Glory Learning Series

Explore the Discover Our Glory learning series curated by Rachel Cargle on the Alfred R. Neumann Library Facebook page, with more resources featured alongside the book gallery.

Read Across Campus

Read the story of Hollywood actress Cicely Tyson in "Just As I Am: A Memoir" with the College of Education.

Black History Twitter Challenge

Join a self-guided learning challenge on Twitter to learn more about Black history with the College of Education.

Social Media Spotlights

Follow @uhclsdei on Instagram and Twitter to check out Black History Month community highlights.

Black History Month Wall Display

Visit the display at the SSCB Student Lounge.


Special Events


Who is Charles Washington?: A Retrospective

Jan. 25 - March 19
Mon.- Thurs., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. - noon

Inspired by milestones in artist Charles Washington's life, his art is created primarily from recycled materials. This exhibition goes beyond the walls of the UHCL Art Gallery to include outdoor spaces at UHCL on Bay Area Blvd. and the Health Sciences and Classroom Building at UHCL at Pearland.

Black Student Support Group

Wednesdays: Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24
Noon-1 p.m.
Black Student Support Group Zoom

This four-part virtual series will offer a supportive space via Zoom for students who identify as Black/African-American to discuss specific topics relevant to the intersection of their lived experiences, identity and mental health.

"Just Mercy" Watch Party & Panel Discussion

Saturday, Feb. 6
6 p.m.
"Just Mercy" Zoom Registration

As part of UHCL's Common Reader Program, join a free, online screening of the 2019 film "Just Mercy" starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx. Following the film, join a discussion on the criminal justice system in Texas.

Black Stress Zoom

Wednesday, Feb. 10
5:15 p.m.
Black Stress Zoom Registration

This virtual event will provide students and employees who identify as Black with a safe space to express their feelings about racial injustice, systemic and institutionalized racism, and other stressful situations. Attendees will also learn effective coping strategies.

Lift Every Voice: Teaching Seminar & Panel Discussion

Friday, Feb. 12
11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lift Every Voice Teaching Seminar Zoom Registration

During the first of a two-day program from the Library of America that celebrates the 250-year tradition of African American poetry, scholar Deborah Mouton will lead a presentation and teaching seminar focusing on literary racism and the inclusion of diverse text and poetry in the curriculum. Following her presentation, join a panel discussion and Q&A session.

For more information, contact Janice Newsum at

Community Conversation with Local Police Chiefs

POSTPONED (Originally Scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24)
In-person at the Health Sciences and Classroom Building, Room 102, UHCL at Pearland 
Virtual via i45NOW and 288NOW

Fewer than 10% of Texas municipal police departments are led by people of color. Please join us for a celebration of accomplishment and learn about the biographies of Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale, Hitchcock Police Chief Wilmon Smith, Seabrook Police Chief Sean Wright, and Kemah Police Chief Walt Gant. The conversation will be led by UHCL Professor of Criminology Dr. Everette Penn. 

Word Artist Presentation

Thursday, Feb. 25
4-6 p.m.
Word Artist Presentation Zoom Registration

The UHCL College of Education presents Outspoken Bean as part of the 3rd Annual Black History Month Celebration. Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean is a performance poet, writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer, and educator. He was the 2011 Texas Poet Laureate nominee and is currently the Project Coordinator, Lead Coach, and mentor for Meta-Four Houston, a project of Writers in the Schools (WITS). UHCL faculty and staff will join with Outspoken to present an afternoon of lively performances honoring the poetic and musical voices of African Americans.

Lift Every Voice: Voice Still Rising

Friday, Feb. 26
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
In-person at SSCB Lecture Hall, or virtual via Zoom
Lift Every Voice: Voice Still Rising Zoom Registration

Enjoy poetry readings and spoken word performances from scholar Deborah Mouton and guests both in-person or online during the second event of a two-day program from the Library of America that celebrates the 250-year tradition of African American poetry.


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    Phone: 281-283-7600

    2700 Bay Area Blvd
    Houston, TX 77058-1002