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USCB African American History Month 2021

Justice Beyond the Ballot Box

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African American History Month Description

In 1986 the US Congress passed legislation that designated February as African American History Month, with three primary purposes: (1) raise awareness of African American history (2), acknowledge contributions of African Americans to the American story; and (3), stimulate interest in learning and apply lessons from African American history for all Americans. For the past five years, USCB has hosted a comprehensive series of events for our campus and Beaufort community members in celebration of African American History Month.

USCB’s 2021 theme is Justice Beyond the Ballot Box. With this theme, we encourage our audience members to engage in a variety of efforts to advocate and maintain accountability for sustained changes in African American life chances. We also want to help raise awareness that these efforts will positively impact life chances for all Americans in the long-term. We are grateful to the members of the USCB African American History Month Planning Committee, as well as the many campus organizations and local agencies have agreed to serve as Passport Partners, providing an array of in-person and virtual activities for this important series. We look forward to you joining us for a month that will inspire action throughout the entire year!


2021 Planning Committee Roster

  • Mollie Barnes, Ph. D., English, Theater and Liberal Studies
  • Ron Erdei, Ph. D., Computer Science
  • Bonnie Hargrove, Center for the Arts
  • Lynne Hutchison, DNP, FNP-BC, Nursing and Health Professions
  • Joleesa Johnson, M. Ed., Student Development
  • Robert Kilgore, Ph. D., English, Theater and Liberal Studies
  • Joshua Lockhart, M.S. Ed., Student Life
  • Anna Ponder, Ph. D., Advancement
  • Dawn Robinson, Ph. D., Social Sciences
  • Angela Simmons, Ed. D, Student Development
  • Kia Stokes, Advancement
  • Najmah Thomas, Ph. D., Committee Chairperson, Social Sciences
  • Brandon Wright, M. Ed., Student Development


Event Registration

See below for registration links to events - be sure to check this site regularly for updates!

February 1 - Justice Beyond the Ballot Box Series Kickoff Event!

February 3 - Cultivating Justice for SC Black Farmers - 5-7pm

February 6 - The other side of the coin: Race, Generations & Reconciliation

February 8 - Orangeburg Massacre Commemoration

February 9th - Black History Trivia Party Show - This LIVE, streamed, interactive show game show allow for gameplay against each other in rounds of trivia filled with history of the African American culture including events and people who made a difference in history and Black culture.  

February 15-16 (various times) - USCB Interdisciplinary Studies Conference: Race, Identity & Equality -

February 17th - 2020 Through Our Eyes (Student Panel Discussion) -  2020 Through Our Eyes Poster

Please note the USCB Cares panel on February 18th has been cancelled due to scheduling changes (our healthcare workforce is very busy right now!). In lieu of this event, please take a few moments to view these video clips on Health Equality: Racism: A Public Health Crisis - and Dr. Eugenia South, emergency room physician speaks about equality & COVID-19 -

February 20th - Edisto Island: The African American Journey - 

February 22nd - Putting History in the Hands of the Future - 6-7:30pm - Virtual exhbiits and conversation about justice and art with Cecil J. Williams and Sauda Mitchell  History in the Hands of the Future Poster

Due February 22nd - Series Wrap-up Contest - What are you committing to do in order to achieve justice over the next year? Share in a 30-second video. All entries will be judged for creativity, impact (can be small or large), feasibility and planning. 1st place prize $100; two runner up prizes $50 each. Entries due by 11:59pm, February 22, 2021. Winners will be selected during closing event on February 25th, 6-7pm. See below to submit your entry today!

February 23rd - Black History Month Jeopardy Game Show - Find yourself yelling at the screen when Alex Trebek asks questions?  Well this is your chance to join the game.  This version of the classic favorite allows teams to put their knowledge of Black history to the test.

February 25 - A Call to Action! - 1pm


Videos for AAHM 2021 Events

Check back regularly for new videos from our events!

African American History Month Teaser 2021 on Vimeo

JBBB Event Series Kickoff (February 1)

SC Black Farmers Coalition: Justice for Black Farmers (February 3)

Orangeburg Massacre Commemoration: Discussion with Cecil J. Williams (February 8)

Putting History in the Hands of the Future (February 22)  with Call to Action Video Contest Winner: Amber Raymond!  63571131859__C3F18636-DD0A-45C8-B1B2-AC0DB281_AMBER RAYMOND.MOV


Calendar of EventsAAHM 2021 Poster

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This is your passport to all of the excellent events for Justice Beyond the Ballot Box! Please click below to download the passport with detailed descriptions and registration links. We will also have a limited amount of hardcopy passports available at the February 1st Drive-in for Justice.

AAHM 2021 Passport Cover

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Description of Passport Partners

Cecil Williams South Carolina Civil Rights Museum

The Cecil Williams SC Civil Rights Museum honors a generation of people, Black and White, throughout the Palmetto State, who deserve to be remembered for their unselfish commitments and sacrifices. Together, they destroyed Jim Crow, demanded dignity and justice for all people, changed the Constitution, and inspired mankind.

Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is a National Heritage Area managed by the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. The purpose of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor NHA is to preserve, share and interpret the history, traditional cultural practices, heritage sites, and natural resources associated with Gullah Geechee people of coastal North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is a non-profit organization with a goal of community engagement through educational programming and changing exhibits connected to the Lowcountry heritage. Our mission is to cultivate community experiences through education, preservation, and celebration of the region's rich history and culture. The Center advances education and engagement initiatives that preserve the Lowcountry's history and culture through programs, events, and exhibitions that inspire interest and evoke inquiry.

South Carolina Black Farmers Coalition

The SC Black Farmer Coalition is working to train, equip, and support existing, returning, and budding generations of Black farmers. We need Black-led training programs, land trusts, food hubs, policy advocates and funders to get the job done.

South Carolina Nurses Association

The mission of the South Carolina Nurses Association is to represent all South Carolina registered nurses in a membership organization to promote and advocate the role of the registered nurse to improve health for all. Since 1907, South Carolina Nurses Association members have effectively influenced health care policy and practice. And today, no other organization is better prepared than the South Carolina Nurses Association, SCNA, to insist on and facilitate the changes needed to ensure quality health care in our state.

USCB Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The University of South Carolina Beaufort is joining higher education institutions across the country in focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion. USCB’s new initiative will develop and achieve equity goals, create a climate of respect, and cultivate a culture and physical environment that champions diversity and prioritizes inclusion.

USCB Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Interdisciplinary Studies seeks to provide majors with a solid background in the arts and sciences while encouraging them to explore their own academic interests. USCB's Interdisciplinary Studies program is part of a national trend, engaging critical thinking and creativity while also assisting majors with their individual career goals.

USCB Library

The mission of the USCB Library is to support the educational goals of the university as expressed in its programs and curriculum. USCB Library accomplishes its mission by teaching students and library patrons information literacy and research skills, building and maintaining comprehensive collections of physical and virtual resources, supporting research and creative scholarship, and providing services that support academic success. Equity of access to information is one of USCB Library’s primary philosophies and is an underpinning in the field of librarianship.

USCB Student Government Association

The Student Government Association is to represent the concerns of students enrolled at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort. Our organization serves as the official voice of the students through our elected senators and executive board members. SGA is to serve as a liaison between the institution and the students. We want to encourage student participation in University governance and student activities to enhance the college experience. One of our main values is to commit to promoting cultural diversity through the acceptance and understanding of the needs of the student body and administration. Improving campus life for the students is an ongoing objective of SGA.

Past Events (photos and passports)

Past event photos:

AAHM 2020 Group Photo

Sonja Griffin Evans and Dr. Najmah Thomas at AAHM 2020

AAHM 2020 Student Panel

Throwback Night

Literature Review

This guide features resources and exhibits that connect with the USCB 2021 African American History Month theme of Justice Beyond the Ballot Box. Click the link below for recommended readings, photos and descriptions of books on display at both library locations, exhibits, and more!


Attendees at AAHM 2020

Social Media Links

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Facebook: @UniversityofSouthCarolinaBeaufort
Twitter: @UofSCBeaufort
Instagram: @USCBeaufort

Also, please use the following hashtags on social media posts: #AFAMUSCB #OutOfTheBox