Looking back on Black History Month 2021 at Baylor
As one Baylor student put it, “Black history is not just for Black people. Black history is American history, so I want to make sure that we’re able to share it, and engage with it.”
That effort doesn’t end just because the calendar has rolled from February (and Black History Month) on into March. In case you missed it, here’s a look back at how Baylor celebrated Black History Month this year, via this blog and on social media (reminder: the resources below are good twelve months a year):
The month began with BU students sharing what Black History Month means to them:
Here at BaylorProud, we worked with Baylor professors to compile and share lists of resources you can use to learn more about Black history — not just in February, but year-round.
- First, Baylor history professor Ronald A. Johnson shared this list of Black American history books, podcasts and more for those looking to enrich what they already know about our country’s history.
- Then, Baylor English professors Coretta Pittman and Ryan Sharp provided this list of foundational Black American literary contributions, from novels to poetry.
We also put together this brief history of Baylor’s National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations, often referred to as the “Divine Nine” — an integral part of life at Baylor for many Black students.
The Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir blessed us all with their medley arrangement of three Black Gospel songs:
Former Baylor football and NFL standout Walter Abercrombie (BSED ’86, MSED ’92) explained the impact of representation as he remembered another Bear, John Westbrook — the first Black football player to play in the Southwest Conference:
Baylor senior Dahron Mize of Tau Alpha Alphas (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.) explained the history behind (and demonstrated) the form of dance known as stepping:
And Baylor senior Peyton Ball wrapped up the month with a performance of poet Sonia Sanchez’s noted work on the importance of education and unheard voices, “This Is Not a Small Voice“:
Sic ’em, Bears!