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Black History Month

February is Black History Month
Woman wearing black and white floral head dress.Celebrated in February, Black History Month is an annual observance of achievements by African Americans and their central role in US history. It was first proposed when Harvard-educated historian Carter G. Woodson and community activist Jesse E. Moorland, founded what is now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, or the ASALH. In 1926, the ASALH launched a “Black History Week” to address the underrepresentation of African Americans in the study of American history.

February was chosen because it encompasses both abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ birthday on February 14 and President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded to a month. Since then, February has been recognized as Black History Month.

2021 marks the 95th year black history has been officially observed in the US.

Irvine Valley College traditionally celebrates Black History Month with a variety of academic and cultural events, including movie screenings, lively discussions, and a community fair. This year, since we are operating in a virtual environment, we will honor Black History Month by providing a curated collection of online content to benefit the IVC community.

IVC Event

ZuZu African Acrobats Livestreaming EventZuZu African Acrobats
Tuesday, February 23  |  2 - 3 pm

IVC Equity and Club Meetings

Women of Color Collective (WOCC)Women of Color Collective (WoCC)
Wednesday, February 17  |  3:30 - 5:30 pm  |  Registration Required

Friday, February 19  |  10:30 am - Noon  |  Registration Required

IVC ClubsBlack Student Union (BSU)
Friday, February 5  |  3:30 - 4 pm
Friday, February 26  |  3:30 - 4 pm

IVC Resources

Black History-Related IVC Courses

Spring 2021 (Online)

  • ANTH 3 – Culture and Language
  • COMM 9 – Intercultural Communication
  • GEOG 2 – Cultural Geography
  • HLTH 6 – Health and Social Justice
  • MUS 27 – History of Jazz

Look for these courses when we return to campus:

  • ARTH 23 – Africa, Oceanic, Indigenous North American Art
  • DNCE 30 – African Dance – Overview
  • DNCE 60 – African: Dance and Drumming
  • DNCE 61 – Pan-African Dance/The Diaspora
  • DNCE 62 – West African Dance: Empire of Mali
  • ETHN 10 – Intro to Ethnic Studies
  • ETHN 40 – Intro to African American Studies
  • HIST 30 – History of Ethnicity and Culture in the U.S.
  • LIT 46 – Ethnicity in the Literature of the United States
  • SOC 20 – Race and Ethnic Group Relations

Events within the California Community Colleges System

California Community College logoHonoring our Nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities
The CCC Transfer Guarantee to HBCUs in partnership with the National College Resource Foundation invite you to join them for a week of virtual events in honor of Black History Month!
Monday – Friday, February 1 – 5  |  Registration Required

Black History Month @ SAC: Hear Our SongSanta Ana College’s Black History Events
Irvine Valley College students are specifically invited to join!

Events in Our Community

2021 Black History Month Virtual Festival

African Fairytales: Story and Craft (Interactive Class for Children Ages 5 to 9)
January 24 – February 28  |  10 – 11 am  |  Cost: Starting at $14
Host: Teni and Tayo Creations

Jazz Pianist Gerald Clayton
Monday, February 1  |  7 – 8:30 pm  |  Cost: $15-$20
Host: The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library

400 Souls: A Conversation With Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
Tuesday, February 2  |  4 – 5:30 pm  |  Cost: Free with registration
Host: National African American History and Culture Museum

Separate and Unequal: The African American Fight Against a Jim Crow Nation
Tuesday, February 9  |  4 – 6 pm  |  Cost: $30
Host: The Black Scroll Network, History and Tours

AnaLexicis Bridewell Presents: Paint And Connect – Black History Month Edition
Saturday, February 27  | 5 – 7:30 pm  |  Cost: $26
Host: Paint 2 Gather

Organizations Supporting the Black Community

Access Any Time: Art, Culture, Learning and More

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