Black History Month 2022

Banner for National Black History Month February 1-28


The theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.

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Black History Month Rhode Tour

"Through the Wisdom and Knowledge of Dr. Gross"

Stories from Black Life in Rhode Island - Month of February

An interactive history tour curated by Jillian Estrada and Alexander Tum, students at Rhode Island College, and Amy Barlow, Associate Professor and Librarian at Rhode Island College, in partnership and consultation with Dr. Shawn Anthony Christian, Professor of English and African American Studies at Wheaton College, MA.

View the tour HERE..

RIBHS archive man on bicycle and woman

Celebrating Rhode Island’s Black History

February 14 - March 15, Craig-Lee Hall Lounge

Banner exhibit highlighting the contributions of Black Rhode Islanders to the advancement of the state.

Presented by Rhode Island College and Rhode Island Black Heritage Society

Dr. Charles R. Drew

Black History Month Mobile Blood Drive

February 22 & 23,  10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Student Union Loop (Parking Lot K)

This event is in Honor of Dr. Charles Drew, the African American inventor of the modern blood-banking process.
Biographical Overview | Charles R. Drew - Profiles in Science (

Book an appointment by visiting (Sponsor Code 0003), but walk-in’s may be accommodated if safe spacing permits at time of arrival. Do not forget to eat, hydrate, bring your driver’s license or another form of ID when you donate.

Sponsored by the American Marketing Association & RIC Civic Engagement  

RI PBS Black Joy event for Black History Month

A Rhode Island PBS Original: Black Joy

History, Tradition, and Legacy of Joy in RI's Black Community
February 24, 6 p.m., Roberts Hall Auditorium
Reservations required:

Presented by Rhode Island PBS and Rhode Island College

Black History Month Tapestry

Harambee: Know your Rights

February 28, 7 - 9 p.m., Gaige 200

We believe that knowing your rights is extremely important. We will be having a guest speaker to discuss the importance of knowing your rights. The goal for this event is for fellow students to be  informed about their rights and to know what the law says, to better protect themselves, and their families.


Black History Month Poetry Night

Harambee: Poetry Night

January 27, 7-9 p.m., via IG Live

The goal for this event is for fellow students to show their talent through poetry. The idea is to give RIC students a platform to express themselves and share their beautiful  and unique stories  through poetry. Each person will have 5 min to perform. You can read as many poems as you want in under 5 minutes. If you would like to participate, please reach out to us at

Black History Month Tapestry

Harambee: Let’s get real, how you feel?

February 3, 7-9 p.m., Via Zoom

Black/African Americans hold beliefs related to stigma, psychological openness, and help-seeking, which in turn affects their coping behaviors. Generally speaking, most African-American youth are not very open to acknowledging psychological problems, but they are yearning to seek mental health services. The goal for this event is to support students through raising awareness, building community and celebrating mental health and well-being.

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Let’s Go There! Series Part II, Diversity in Healthcare Workforce

The Importance of Racial Representation in Healthcare Teams and Professions

February 9, 1-2 p.m.

Join the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the second installment of a three-part series on health and wellness!

Visit this link to learn more about the panelists.


Black History Month Tapestry

Career Empowerment Panel

February 10, 7-9 p.m.

Hosted by RIC Black Alumni & Harambee

Black History Month Tapestry

Harambee: Black Bird, Fly Even Though, They Poison the Sky

February 17, 7 - 9 p.m., Gaige 200

Celebration of the African Diaspora. The goal for this event is to meet with fellow students to have a conversation about injustices we face in our communities. We will be also inviting a special guest from the community to share their experiences and the work they do.