Black History Month: Today and Every Day

Black History Month

MCLA recognizes and celebrates Black history in February and all year, and we are grateful for the contributions of our Black students, faculty members, and colleagues. For 2021, different departments and offices on campus have developed their own events throughout February, from curated library reading lists to open mic events. Below is a list of opportunities for the MCLA community to celebrate Black History Month, share Black stories, learn about the Black experience in America, and more.


If you are interested in attending these events, please contact Arlene Theodore at for the direct link to the event.

Poster for Open Dialogue about your role in racial justince and racial equity work

Open Dialogue About Your Role in Racial Justice and Racial Equity Work

February 12, 4 – 5 P.M.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 946 6102 2888
Passcode: rPkm4R

This dialogue will offer folks a space to have a conversation about what their “role” is in racial equity work. Often times folks struggle with finding ways to advocate or to “show up” for black and brown communities due to their identity. During this open dialogue, two MCLA students will lead the discussion on how they navigated finding their role in racial equality.

Poster for Young professional of color panel

Professionals of Color Panel

February 17, 6 – 7 P.M.

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Meeting ID: 954 9887 5628
Passcode: 37JZRr

This panel is intended to explore the challenges that folks of color deal with in the work place. We will be speaking about microaggressions, lack of promotions, the emotional labor that being a person of color is tasked with and so much more. The panelists are coming from a variety of different sectors, ranging from corporate America to health care.

Poster for Men of Color (student panel)

Men of Color Experience (Student Panel)

February 19, 4 – 5 P.M.

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Meeting ID: 935 1547 0374
Passcode: VX6EcV


This panel will center the experiences of black and brown men in America. We will be speaking about racial justice, police brutality and the reality that black and brown men face navigating their racial identity in such a scary racial climate.

Poster for Mental Health Workshop

Mental Health Workshop

February 24, 6 P.M.

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Meeting ID: 942 1883 9838
Passcode: 1f4hMa


This program will explore best mental health practices that will better serve MCLA’s community of color. The goal is to dive into some good practices that we can do daily or weekly to recharge and refocus.


For more information contact Arlene Theodore at

February 5, 6 P.M.
Hair Talk and DIY Hair Oil
February 12, 6 P.M.
Valentine’s Day Paint N Sip, Truth or Bean, Mock-Tails
February 19, 6 P.M.
Watch Party
February 26, 6 P.M.
Black History Bingo with Prizes
Every Wednesday Night
The Black Experience podcast!
Join MCLA's Black Student Union every Wednesday night for The Black Experience podcast! They discuss various issues that are pertinent to the black community and host amazing guests from the MCLA community and beyond! Listen Now!


The MCLA Freel Library is helping to share Black stories this month—check out their display and curated Black History Month reading list, featuring sociological titles examining Black love, activism, and feminism, biographies of people like James Baldwin and Barack Obama, fiction and poetry by the likes of Ralph Ellison and Claudia Rankine, and lots more. If you're on campus, browse and reserve titles HERE, or use this list to reserve titles at your own library nearby.

MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, in partnership with MASS MoCA OFFErs:

In Session - Debuted in December of 2020

The first two sessions invited artists, curators, and arts administrators to discuss how museums and artists represent Black and Brown trauma in artwork, exhibitions, and performances, and navigate the resulting implications and challenges. Designed to pose more questions than answers, topics for this discussion include: What is trauma and what do we mean when speaking of Black trauma? Who holds permission to use images of violence against Black and Brown bodies? Who grants this permission? What are an art institution’s responsibilities toward audiences when hosting work regarding violence enacted against Black and Brown bodies? 

Below are links to the view the past In Session events. In Session will resume in March, with more discussion, related topics of interest and amazing new guests.

Session 1 

Moderated by artist M. Carmen Lane, the first series of In Session brings together panelists Nick Cave, Shaun Leonardo, Steve Locke, and Xaviera Simmons to discuss how museums and artists represent Black and Brown trauma in artwork, exhibitions, and performances, and how they navigate the resulting implications and challenges. Dr. Kalima Young gives introductory remarks. Presented by MASS MoCA and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center at MCLA, In Session is a series of four panel discussions focused on anti-racist work in museums. Watch Here

Session 2

The second of four-panel discussions focused on anti-racist work in museums, this In Session brings together Lisa Dent, Executive Director, Artspace New Haven; Tracy Moore, Interim Director, MASS MoCA; Cameron Shaw, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, California African American Museum; and Eric Shiner, Executive Director, Pioneer Works. The panel will begin with introductory remarks by Dr. Mindy Fullilove, Social Psychiatrist and Professor, New School; and will be moderated by Cecile Shellman, DEI Museum Consultant. Presented by MASS MoCA and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center at MCLA, In Session is free for all. Watch Here