Black Heritage Month

Black Heritage Mont

The mission of Black Heritage Month is to educate both the USF and Tampa Bay community on the importance of the history and significance of the Black culture. Celebrated February 1st - March 1st, Black Heritage Month provides an educational atmosphere for students, staff, faculty, and alumni to celebrate and commemorate the contributions that the Black community has made to society. 

The month also is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the evolution of USF’s historic commitment to diversity and inclusion, which is among the core principles fueling USF’s success as America’s fastest-rising university.  Read this article with highlights that recognize the achievements of USF’s Black and African American community members.

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2023 University CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Explore the events below then login to BullsConnect for more Black Heritage Month events. 

Black Heritage Month Kickoff at Bull Market

Wednesday, February 1st | 10 AM - 2 PM | MSC Plaza
OMA is collaborating with Bull Market to showcase Black student organizations and officially kick off the Black Heritage Month calendar! This year's kickoff features swag and performances from organizations like Caribbean Cultural Exchange, African Students Association, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Affairs (Tampa campus) & the Marshall Student Center Bull Market team

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Black Wall Street

Thursday, February 2nd | 6 PM - 8 PM | MSC 4200
Hear from Derick Armstrong, a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual, on the importance of healthy financial practices and creating sustainable wealth.

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Affairs (Tampa campus) & the Black Leadership Network


Diversity & Inclusion Conference:
Resiliently Pushing Forward

Friday, February 3rd | 9 AM - 5 PM | USF St. Petersburg & Microsoft Teams
The purpose of this conference is to enhance the learning, understanding, and development of concepts surrounding diversity, inclusion, and social justice for the USF system and surrounding Florida colleges and universities. Our goal is to educate and motivate approximately 200 higher education future and current leaders in the surrounding counties of diversity and inclusion to take back to their respective institutions. Our society is ever changing and growing more and more diverse. The workshops provided will focus on social experiences of individuals and/or social groups and their resiliency in how they've navigated through various environments.

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Affairs (St. Petersburg campus, Tampa campus, & Sarasota-Manatee campus)


SET FRIDAY #1: Block Party

Friday, February 3rd | 12 PM - 2 PM | MSC 3200 Suite
With food, music, culture, Black-owned businesses, experience the first ever SET at USF! Pay homage to those who helped pave the way for equity and equality for the Black community in America. 

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Affairs (Tampa campus)


Health, Wealth, & Loving Thyself

Monday, February 6th | 6 PM - 8 PM| MSC 4200
Join us for a panel centering Black women, featuring discussions on physical, mental, and emotional health and the practice of self-love and care. 

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural affairs, Tampa campus


free film screening:
el pueblo se levanta (the people are

Friday, February 10th | Showtimes at 5 PM & 7 PM | Screen Door Cinema
NYC artist Miguel Luciano will be in Tampa to introduce the film and lead a Q&A, and journalist Juan González from NPR will join through Zoom. Juan González was a founding member of the Young Lords (and Minister of Education) in his teen years. Luciano is a New York-based Puerto Rican artist currently exhibiting in USF Contemporary Art Museum’s NEA-funded exhibition, Poor People’s Art: A (Short) Visual History of Poverty in the United States.

About the film: In the late 1960s, conditions for Puerto Ricans in the US reached the boiling point. Faced with racial discrimination, deficient community services, and poor education and job opportunities, Puerto Rican communities began to address these injustices by using direct action. This film focuses on the community of East Harlem, capturing the compassion and militancy of the Young Lords as they implemented their own health, educational, and public assistance programs and fought back against social injustice. An excellent portrayal of inner city organizing in the late 60s. Featuring a young Juan González before he was Democracy Now! co-host and multiple award winning journalist.

Hosted by: USF Contemporary Art Museum


Melanated Melodies

Saturday, February 11th | 6 PM - 8 PM | MSC Ballroom A & B
Listen to melanated voices as they deliver beautiful performances focused on Black culture at an open mic event. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to showcase their talents & express themselves!

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Affairs (Tampa campus) & The Blunt Space


usf bfsa annual welcome breakfast 2023

Thursday, February 16th | 7:30 AM - 10 AM | MSC Ballrooms
The Breakfast welcomes and introduces newly hired Black Faculty and Staff as well as recognizes and honors promoted Black Faculty and Staff for their outstanding work at the University of South Florida. This signature event is attended by senior level administration, faculty and staff at the University as well as community partners who support the organization’s vision. Approximately 200 people attend the Breakfast each year.

Hosted by: USF Black Faculty & Staff Association


QTBlack & Coffee:
The Intersection of Blackness & Queerness

Thursday, February 16th | 5 PM – 6:30 PM | MSC 3300
QTPOC & Coffee is a series hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs - Tampa Campus that seeks to address intersectionality through casual dialogue, particularly the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. This special series features an intimate discussion on the unique experience of being Black and LGBTQ+ in today's society.

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Affairs (Tampa campus)


black history trivia night

Thursday, February 16th | 6 PM - 7:30 PM | COPH 2016
Join Black-ish in Public Health for a night of fun as they explore Black history in a Jeopardy-style game night. Winners may be in store for a treat!

Hosted by: Black-ish in Public Health


SET Friday #2: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Friday, February 17th | 12 PM - 2 PM| MSC Plaza

Join us for the 2nd SET at USF with food, culture, and Black-owned businesses! Embrace and pay homage to the pioneers of the African American Revolution.

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Affairs (Tampa campus)


movies on the lawn: The woman king

Friday, February 17th | 8 PM - 11 PM | MSC Bookstore Lawn
Join the Campus Activities Board for a free screening of The Woman King!

Hosted by: Center for Student Involvement


Enlightenment Workshop Series  

Tuesday, February 21st | 12 PM - 1 PM | Microsoft Teams
Join us for courageous conversations designed to foster a culture of inclusive excellence at The University of South Florida. The scheduled workshops will focus on intersectional perspectives related to bias, cultural competence, and systemic racism with an emphasis on current trends facing Black communities across the African Diaspora.

Topic: Conceptualization, Commercialization, and Commodification of Ethnicity and Race
Panelists: Kelly Cowart & Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman

Hosted by: Institute on Black Life, Black Employee Steering Committee & the Black Faculty & Staff Association


Diaspora Voices: Mardi Gras!

Tuesday, February 21st | 6:45 PM - 9 PM | Concert Hall @ the USF School of Music
Our annual Black Composers concert celebrates New Orleans songwriters on the city's biggest holiday of the year. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and meet us at The Berm (Music Building, Concert Hall patio). STAMPEDE BRASS BAND kicks things off with a second line from a surprise location to the Music Building. Jazz vocal ensemble BLUE MOOD keeps the party going with hits by Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, The Dixie Cups, Robin Barnes, PJ Morton and more. KETTLE & PIT will be selling festival fare with a carnival flare from 7-9pm. 

The Diaspora

Wednesday, February 22nd | 6 PM - 8 PM| MSC 3707
Join us for an interactive event on the ways African Americans, Caribbeans, Africans, and the Black diaspora can come together to develop equity & equality amongst one another in American society.

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Affairs (Tampa campus) and the African Students Association


Black Gala

Thursday, February 23rd | 6 PM - 8 PM| MSC Ballrooms
Join us for a formal night of reflection, progression, and celebration as we close out Black Heritage Month.

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Affairs (Tampa campus) and the USF chapter of the NAACP


SET Friday #3: Caribbean carnival

Friday, February 24th | 12 PM - 2 PM| MSC Plaza

Join us for the last SET of the month at USF! This time, we're celebrating and appreciating Caribbean history, culture, food, and vendors with a Carnival. 

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Affairs (Tampa campus)



Black Heritage Month 

Interested in becoming a sponsor for Black Heritage Month 2023? Please contact Pilar Walker for more information.