Black History Month

Information and resources to celebrate Black history.


Celebrating Black Scientists
Slideshow by Lamont PhD students Kailani Acosta and Arianna Vauolo-Clarke, and Lamont alumna Elise Myers, PhD. 

Columbia Celebrates Black History and Culture
Columbia has a wealth of online resources detailing the breadth of the African American experience. Learn more about some of the great Columbians who have played key roles in our local and national history.

10 Decades, 10 Black Columbians You Should Know 
In the last 100+ years, Black Columbians have made an indelible mark on the world.

Historic Black Activism: 8 Trailblazing Columbians to Know
Columbia News looks back at Black Columbians who made history through their activism.

A Walking Tour of Harlem with Schomburg Center Chief of Staff, and Columbia Grad, Kevin Matthews
Delve into the rich history of Harlem with this self-guided walking tour that takes you from Columbia’s campus to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

What to Read for Black History Month
From Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement, fiction to nonfiction, music to medicine, this collection of books by Columbia authors will keep you busy this February.

4 Faculty Members Weigh in on the Meaning of Black History Month Today
Our country is in the midst of a reckoning with race. Columbia professors discuss how our current situation is reflected in Black History Month.

Let's Talk About Antiracism with Ibram X. Kendi
Columbia School of Social Work’s Courtney Cogburn spoke with the author about his book, what it means to be antiracist, and the role of universities in helping to combat racism.


February Is Black History Month 
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

Black Culture Connection
Explore Black history and culture through films, stories, and voices across public media from PBS.

Black History Facts
Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. provides Black history facts.

John Lewis: Good Trouble
An intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy, and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism — from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to the legislative powerhouse he was throughout his career, calling on his fellow Americans to get into “good trouble” until his passing on July 17, 2020.