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Resources related to the contributions of African American and African Diasporic communities at WPI's Gordon Library

Month of Celebration


Read about WPI's First Black Graduate in the WPI Journal: The Odyssey of Naudin Oswell, WPI’s First Black Graduate

WPI Celebrates Black History Month 2023

WPI celebrates Black History Month 2023 by honoring and highlighting the diverse culture, heritage, and contributions of Black Americans throughout history. Black History Month is nationally recognized and serves as an opportunity to honor and celebrate the traditions, food, art, languages, culture, and stories of Black communities. We encourage our community to study, observe, and celebrate the Black community on campus, within the Worcester community, and beyond. 

February is dedicated as Black History Month, to not only learn of the struggles, but to celebrate the triumphs of Black Americans throughout U.S. history, including the Civil Rights Movement and their artistic, cultural, and political achievements.

For more information on how you might take action or for additional resources and information, visit the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME) Black History Month 2023 announcement:

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Black History Month

In February 1969, the idea for celebrating Black History Month was promoted by Black students and educators at Kent State University followed by the first celebration of Black History Month on campus one year later in 1970. In 1976, Black History Month was widely celebrated across the country in schools, colleges, and community centers. President Gerald Ford praised the month, urging all citizens to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” (National Today.) 

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