February: Focus on Black History Month

Black History Month

Focus on Black History Month

Explore the many groups, events, graphic resources (including a dedicated virtual background), and other opportunities that celebrate our colleagues and classmates and raise awareness around Black history. We thank partners across Yale for contributing to this list.

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Engagement Opportunities

Art Collections

Explore the following collections:


Yale University Press and Yale University Library

Read one of over 100 books on African American Studies available via the Yale University Press and via the Yale University Library. The Library’s collection also includes additional resources on this topic.

Additional Book Recommendations

  • Autobiography of Malcolm X, Alex Haley
  • Black Feminist Thought, Patricia Hill Collins
  • Black Jacobins, C.R.L. James
  • Black in White Space, Elijah Anderson
  • Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  • The Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Cherríe Moraga
  • The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
  • The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-first Century, Grace Lee Boggs
  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, Audre Lorde

Resources on Antiracism

Access books and other media curated by the Belonging at Yale team on the subject of antiracism.

Free the New Haven Panthers: The New Haven Nine, Yale, and the May Day 1970 Protests That Brought Them Together

Yale University Library Reading Resilience Project
Learn more about ways to engage with the Library’s Reading Resilience Project. Now in its 8th year, the Yale University Library invites students and members of the Yale community to identify books by and about people of color to add to the Bass Library’s growing collection

Yale Library African American Studies Research Guide
Yale University Librarians have prepared this guide as an overview of library resources and tools for pursuing research in African American Studies.

African American Studies Critical Guide to Oral History American Music Interviews (OHAM)
This research guide highlights the African American artists features in Yale’s Oral History of American Music collection, an ongoing oral history project started in 1969 that is now home to 2800 audio and video interviews.

This online exhibit, sponsored by the Yale University Library, has been curated by Yale College student Kathryn Schmechel ’21 based on her senior essay in history. 


African American History Open Yale Course

Take this free course to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present (2010). Prominent themes include the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction; African Americans’ urbanization experiences; the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath; and the thought and leadership of Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X.

Department of African American Studies

Learn about the Department of African American Studies at Yale, focusing on numerous disciplinary perspectives, the experiences of people of African descent in Black Atlantic societies, including the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

LinkedIn Learning

Explore free courses on LinkedIn Learning, including courses on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.


To learn about related Yale events, visit the Yale Calendar of Events  and select the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) event category. If you are an event organizer, please enter DEIB events on this calendar by selecting Options and then Submit an Event. Please be sure to use the DEIB event tag.

The Afro-American Cultural Center also has a series of events throughout the month.

Films and TV Series

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • King In The Wilderness — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Available to rent for free
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix


Share your pride and promote Black History Month in multiple ways:
•      Virtual background image (see: how to add a virtual background image to Zoom or Microsoft Teams)
•      Thumbnail graphic for newsletters or emails
•      Digital sign

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Organizations and Centers of Engagement

African American Affinity Group (YAAA)

The Yale African American Affinity Group strives to provide opportunities for staff to engage, build community and make connections at Yale and the broader New Haven community.

Afro-American Cultural Center

The Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale University (affectionately called “the House”) was established in the fall of 1969 after the rise of issues surrounding race and civil unrest at Yale and throughout the New Haven community. Since 1969, it has nurtured and encouraged generations of Black Yalies to become some of the world’s leading scholars, activists, and professionals.

Black Student Organizations

Learn about over 30 House Groups affiliated with the Afro-American Cultural Center.

Yale Black Alumni Association (YBAA)

Founded in 2008, The Yale Black Alumni Association (YBAA) is an official shared interest group of the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) run by dedicated, volunteer Yale alumni from around the country.

The Program in Race, Ethnicity, and Migration (ER&M)

This program enables students to engage in the interdisciplinary and comparative study of forces that have created a multicultural, multiethnic, and multiracial world.

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

The Center is part of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. Since its founding in 1998, the Gilder Lehrman Center has been dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of knowledge concerning slavery and its legacies across all borders and all time, from the distant past through the present day.

Greater New Haven Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NNACP)

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) ensures the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and aims to eliminate race-based discrimination.

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