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February is Black History Month. Black History Month recognizes and honors important people and events in the history of African-American history. In 1926 noted historian, Carter G. Woodson, originated the idea of "Negro History Week". Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans --former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The tradition of what became Black History Month greatly influenced the expansion of academic scholarship and the corresponding recognition of the rich history of African-Americans. - National Women's History Project

Women are half the human race, and they're half of black history, as well. Here are some highlights bringing together black history and women's history. An ever-expanding list of resources for learning about famous African American women and other women of Black History. You'll find women who are famous and women who should be better-known, from early America and slavery to the 21st century, including the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights movement.

Women of Black History


Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.

"#BlackLivesMatter was created in response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and also, unfortunately, our movements." - Alcia Garza, Special Projects Director,National Domestic Workers Alliance

The following event is a student lead initiative

  • the love below
    February 13
    8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | Human Science Bldg. 169 | Texas Tech University Campus

    In celebration of Black History Month and of strong black women everywhere, students at Texas Tech are proud to present "The Love Below" Spoken Word Performance

    An evening of live spoken word and musical performance where women express themselves erotically and honestly through song, poetry and monologues.

    Contact: Lizz Onasanya or Helen Hailu

Other Campus Events

The following events are part of the 2014-2015 African American History Month Lecture Series organized by Texas Tech Department of History. Contact Dr. Karlos Hill for details.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Division for Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement.

  • sholah_lynch
    February 10 |
    Shola Lynch at Texas Tech
    3:30 p.m. | Texas Tech University Campus| COMS RM 82

    Shola Lynch was born on March 20, 1969 in Austin, Texas, USA as Shola Ayn Lynch. She is an actress and producer, known for Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012), Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004) and Frank Lloyd Wright (1998).

    Among her freelance projects, Lynch has produced for Discovery, BET, TV One as well as reported a three segment series on incarceration in America for CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.

    Lynch learned the craft of documentary making on the job. She worked with Ken Burns and Florentine Films on the Peabody Award-winning Frank Lloyd Wright and the ten-part JAZZ series. She has also worked on the Emmy Award-winning "Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team for HBO Sports" documentary. At Orlando Bagwell’s ROJA Productions, she co-produced a short about the 2000 Census and racial identity that was included in the four-part series called Matters of Race, which aired on PBS in 2003.

    Ms Lynch will be on the TTU campus Feb 10th, 3:30pm, COMC 082 prior to the screening of the film Free Angela and All Political Prisoners that evening at Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock

    The lecture is free. For more information, please contact Dr. Rob Peaslee by email at
  • foxy brown Sexism in Cinema Series | "Foxy Brown" (1974) Film Screening
    7:00 p.m. | Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock
    TTU Students with University ID get in FREE

    50 years ago, the term "sexism" was coined. In light of this historical marker, Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock and Texas Tech University invite you to this film series which seeks to consider the ways in which sexism is embedded, endorsed, and /or challenged in the cinema.

    Movies will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a brief introduction. The films will be followed by 23-30 minutes in the theater for a focused discussion lead by a Texas Tech Faculty member or expert guest speaker.

    Admission is FREE for TTU students with University ID.

    The first film in the series is "Foxy Brown" (1974)

    Film Description: A sexy black woman, Foxy Brown, seeks revenge when her government agent boyfriend Michael is killed. Starring: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes

    "She [Pam Grier] belongs in the pantheon of radical 1970s film stars responsible for the shift away from women as passive sexual objects to women working as active subjects propelling the narrative. The crossover success of her public persona demonstrates that she's one of the definitive icons of 70s zeitgeist." - NPR, Pam Grier: Part Foxy, Part Feminist, All Sexy (March 2010)

    We encourage all members of the Texas Tech community to attend but no extra credit / community service will be provided by the organizers of the event.

    For more information, please contact Dr. Dana Weiser: dana.weiser@ttu.eduA
  • free angela
    February 10
    | Free Angela and All Political Prisoners | Film Screening
    6:00 p.m. | Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock

    FREE ANGELA is a feature-length documentary about Angela Davis.

    A documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.

    The high stakes crime, political movement, and trial that catapults the 26 year-old newly appointed philosophy professor at the University of California at Los Angeles into a seventies revolutionary political icon.

    Nearly forty years later, and for the first time, Angela Davis speaks frankly about the actions that branded her as a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide political movement for her freedom.

    The film will be screened at Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock: lubbock/lubbock

Past Events


black women history


  • The Labor Movement which began as early as 1765 when women formed the first society of working women.
  • The Women's Suffrage Movement which was launched in 1848 at the first women's right conference held at Seneca Falls, NY.
  • The Civil Rights Movement in which women held a variety of roles from leadership to organizers to participants.
  • The Women's Rights Movement which was re-energized in the 20th Century with what is called the Second Wave.
  • The Environmental Movement in which women played a key role from the early 19th century and which was officially launched on Earth Day, April 22, 1970.


  • I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try. - Nikki Giovanni
  • I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminshes fear. Rosa Parks Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us. - Susan L. Taylor
  • Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is Love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. - Ella Fitzgerald
  • When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. - Audre Lorde
  • There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price. - Shirley Chisholm

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