Black History Month

Marshall University has several events planned to recognize Black History Month 2021, most of which will be virtual and observe all of the University’s and the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines. The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum and the Office of Interculture Affairs have several activities scheduled.

Calendar of Events and Activities

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

3:30 p.m. | Press event, with announcements of Marshall’s Black History Month events, the winners of Black History Poster Competitions and a major grant from West Virginia Humanities Council to support the Black History Institute. Event also includes the unveiling of three videos on Woodson and local Black history. Co-sponsored by The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum and the Carter G. Woodson Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Monday, Feb. 1, 2021

4 p.m. | Unveiling a new portrait of Carter G. Woodson. The artist, Sassa Wilkes, is a Marshall graduate. Jack Houvouras, editor of Huntington Quarterly, will unveil his cover with Woodson. Mayor Steve Williams will read the 2021 Black History proclamation. Visit to find the link to the event.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021

4 p.m. | Presentation by Angela Dodson, a member of Marshall’s Journalism Hall of Fame and the first Black journalist to edit a section of The New York Times. She will read from her book, “Remember the Ladies,” and discuss her life in Huntington, too. Several copies of Dodson’s book will be given away during a drawing. Dr. Gayle Brazeau, dean of the School of Pharmacy, will read her favorite Maya Angelou poem. The School of Pharmacy is co-sponsoring this event, courtesy of Gayle and Daniel Brazeau. Visit to find the link to the event.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021

4 p.m. | “Disparities in Health Care During the Pandemic,” with Jill Upson, chair of the Governor’s Commission on Disparities and executive director of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs; as well as Dean Joseph Shapiro of Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and two additional physicians, Dr. Lauri Andress of West Virginia University and Dr. Leonard White of Marshall. Dr. Andress will discuss her research about infant mortality, and Dr. White will urge African Americans to get the vaccine. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams will give remarks about how Dr. White saved his life. Visit to find the link to the event.



Marshall’s Office of Intercultural Affairs will host the following events:


Fridays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2021

12 p.m. | BHM Power Hour, Celebrating Black Culture Through Music, will be presented by the Office of Intercultural Affairs and International Students Office and Marshall’s radio station WMUL-FM at 88.1 FM.


Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021

7 p.m. | Popcorn and Pajamas Movie Night, presented by the Office of Intercultural Affairs and International Students Office and the Campus Activity Board, in Room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center. It will have limited capacity and be socially distanced.


Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

7 p.m. | A Brief History of the Headwrap, presented by the Office of Intercultural Affairs and International Students Office. This online event will feature Lyndsay Archer, author and blogger, and is open to all. It can be accessed at the following Microsoft Teams meeting link:

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Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

7 p.m. | Bow Ties & Heels (Dressing & Preparing for Success), presented by the Office of Intercultural Affairs and International Students Office and the Marshall University Black Alumni Association. Register for the online event here:

Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

6 p.m. | The Carter G. Woodson Black History Essay Competition. Winners of the Annual Black History Month Essay Competition will be announced during a program co-sponsored by The National PanHellenic Council on behalf of the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, the Psi Beta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum. The link to the event will be available soon on the NPHC Herdlink Page For additional information, contact


Black History Month sponsors: The Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum, Intercultural Affairs, Academic Affairs, Division of Student Affairs, College of Arts and Media, College of Education and Professional Development, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, Center for African American Students, Black United Students, Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, John Deaver Drinko Academy, as well as Dow Jones News Fund, Friends of Marshall Libraries and State of West Virginia Office of the Governor (Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs).