Black Excellence is theme of university's Black History Month events

January 19, 2023
Martin Luther King Jr with marchers
Poster and calendar for Black History Month 2023

Fitchburg State University’s annual celebration of Black History Month in February includes celebrations and events organized around the theme “Black Excellence: Limitless, Boundless and Selfless.”

The theme acknowledges that the history of the African diaspora in the United States is not solely confined to conventional forms of success, and is boundless. It emphasizes communal care, achievement despite significant barriers, and the endless potential of Black and African-American people in the United States.

While Black History Month is observed during the month of February, the university’s affiliated celebrations will begin on Monday, Jan. 23, with a screening of the acclaimed documentary “King in the Wilderness” at 6:30 p.m. in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free and open to the public.

Events continue at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, with a “Black Table Talk” in the main lounge at Hammond Hall on the influence of religion in the civil rights era. The event will begin with a video highlighting different perspectives on the role faith has played in social movements and then move to a collective discussion on its role in current causes.

Other programs during the month will include workshops on hip-hop songwriting, a celebration of soul food, a Kizomba dance class, and conversations on investing and relationships. The programs will culminate with the Black Excellence Gala at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the main lounge at Hammond Hall.

The full listing of events can be found on the university website at