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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


The following event is a student lead initiative

  • the love below
    February 14
    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 2013-2014 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.

  • tricia rose
    February 6 |
    Dr. Tricia Rose | Author of Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop--and Why It Matters (2008)
    7:00 p.m. | Allen Theatre | Texas Tech University Campus SUB

    Rose's lecture entitled "Hip Hop Wars" will be a lively discussion on the impact of corporate consolidation on hip hop music and the importance of hip hop culture for our youth, society, and democracy.

    Dr. Rose was born and raised in New York City. She spent her childhood in Harlem and the Bronx. She graduated from Yale University where she received a BA in Sociology and then received her Ph.D. from Brown University in American Studies. She has taught at NYU, UC Santa Cruz, and is currently Professor of Africana Studies and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. In addition to her duties at Brown, Professor Rose sits on the Boards of the Nathan Cummings Foundation and Black Girls Rock, Inc. and will serve as the Lund-Gill Chair at Dominican University during the Spring 2014 semester. Read more...

  • koritha mitchell
    February 20
    | Dr. Koritha Mitchell | Author of Living with Lynching: African American Drama and Citizenship, University of Illinois Press, 2011
    6:00 p.m. | Escondido Theatre | Texas Tech University Campus SUB

    Dr. Mitchell's talk will be the final lecture for the 2013-2014 African American History Month Lecture Series. Professor Mitchell will discuss how African American-authored lynching plays helped black Americans survive the lynching era. Prior to Dr. Mitchell's lecture, there will be a dramatic reading of a one-act lynching play.

    Mitchell, Associate Professor, Department of English, Ohio State University, specializes in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American literature, racial violence throughout American literature and culture, and black drama & performance. She has won fellowships from the David Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora, the Ford Foundation, and the AAUW, and her book Living with Lynching (University of Illinois Press, 2011) focuses on black-authored lynching drama written before 1930. Read more...

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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