USCB African American History Month

USCB AAHM 2024 Series: African Americans and the Arts

The USCB community is encouraged to participate in the following programs and activities during the month of February, and apply lessons learned all year round! Highlighted events are free to USCB students, but registration may be required.

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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 six years, USCB has hosted a comprehensive series of events for our campus and Beaufort community members in celebration of African American History Month.

AAHM 2024 Events & Registration Links

AAHM 2024 Events Calendar Graphic

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

2024 Events

An Evening with Novelist Jeffrey Blount, Author of Mr. Jimmy from Around the Way, In Conversation with Rebecca Dwight Bruff. Thursday, February 1, 5:00pm. In Collaboration with the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce and the Beaufort Bookstore.

  • Freedom Day at Mitchelville Feedom Park
    Saturday, February 3, 2024
    11:00am - 1:00pm
    40 Harriet Tubman Way, Hilton Head Island
    • Registration required

2024 Freedom Day Poster - Free Admission, Donations are Welcomed. Join us for a celebration of African-American art with a special highlight of our beloved Gullah culture. This special event will feature visual and performing arts paired with soul-stirring music that has become paramount to the African-American cultural experience. We are proud to partner with NIBCAA for the 28th Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration's Ol' Fashioned Gullah Breakfast in the Park. Breakfast meals will be available for purchase. For more information visit or call 843-255-7301

  • Cooking Demonstration with Chef Rock Harper
    Tuesday, February 6, 2024
    Sand Shark Dining Hall

Chef Rock Harper Poster - Season 3 Hell's Kitchen Winner. Cooking demonstration and lecture. Tuesday, February 6, 6pm, Sandbar Dining Hall. Sponsored by USCB Student Life, USCB Dining Services, and USCB Hospitality Management

56th Orangeburg Massacre Commemoration. Guest speaker the honorable Dr. Clifford L. Stanley, Major General, United States Marine Corps (retired). Thursday, February 8th at 10:00am. Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium

    Friday, February 9, 2024
    USCB Center for the Arts
    Sunday, February 11, 2024
    USCB Center for the Arts
    • Present USCB ID at box office for free ticket
  • 3rd Annual African American History Education Conference
    Thursday, February 15, 2024 - Saturday, February 17, 2024
    Time TBD
    USCB & TCL
    • Registration Required
  • Black Out Monday (dress in salute to the Black Panthers)
    Monday, February 19, 2024

AASA. Black Out Monday. Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Feb 19. Show your AASA pride by rocking all black or channeling your inner black panther (Huey P. Newton)! Black heart emoji. Don't forget to share your looks with #USCBBLACKOUT!

  • Paint & Sip Party
    Thursday, February 22, 2024
    5:30pm - 7:30pm
    USCB Campus Center 106

A Night of the Arts Paint and Sip. Save the Date: February 22. Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm. Join us as the USCB AASA humbly invites you for an inspiring evening of creativity and conversation with our accomplished artist and esteemed professor, Amiri Farris. This notable event is a salute to African American's significant contributions in the realm of arts. Amiri, the artist will lead you step-by-step in creating your own masterpiece! Location Details: VAD building 1211 Harrington Street, Bluffton Campus Center 106, Beaufort Campus Studio. Though there's no admission fee, we request that you register ahead of time to help us better prepare supplies.

USCB AASA Presents Poetry Night. Virtual Open Mic - write your own work that reflects any part of black history!. Friday Feb 25, 6:30 - 8:30 Scan code for link. Got something to say? Now's the time.

  • Okán Artist Open Mic Night
    Sunday, February 25, 2024
    71 Calhoun Street, Bluffton, SC, Suite 100
    • Sign-up starts at 6:15pm. Show starts at 7:00pm

Okán Artist Open Mic Night. Sunday, February 25th at 7pm. Black History Month Edition. Calling all artists: Singers, Dancers, Poets, Comedians, Painters, etc. We encourage performances inspired by your favorite Black artist throughout history. Sign up starts at 6:15pm. Show starts at 7pm. 71 Calhoun Street, Bluffton, SC, Suite 100

  • Throwback Tuesday
    Tuesday, February 27, 2024
    Hargray 275

THROW BACK TUESDAY. Featuring USCB AASA. Tuesday February 27. 6:00pm. Hargray 275. Get your favorite throwback outfits, don't miss this event!

  • Black Mermaids: From Africa to America
    Tuesday, February 27, 2024

    12:00pm - 3:00pm*
    USCB Center for the Arts
    • *Black Mermaids: From Africa to America exhibit will be available in the CFA gallery until March 29, 2024

Black Mermaid ArtPlease use #AFAMUSCB for your social media posts.

Videos for AAHM Events

Check back regularly for new videos from our events!

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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