Black History, Celebrated Virtually

February marks Black African Heritage Month at Mason, and CHSS joins the university in promoting an inclusive celebration of the accomplishments of our diverse community and their contributions to business, government, education, and the arts.

On February 19, Mark Hopson, director of Mason's African and African American Studies program, is taking part in Fairfax County's Virtual Black History Month Program.

The Women and Gender Studies Program, in conjunction with the African and African American Studies program, will present the annual Sojourner Truth Lecture: Politics and Protest, on Thursday, February 25:

This panel discussion will examine the power of politics and protest as collaborative pathways in the pursuit of justice. This event features Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, consultant and former chair of the Maryland Democratic Party and Aja Clark, activist and social justice educator. Discussion will be moderated by Yevette Richards Jordan, associate professor with the Women and Gender Studies program and the Department of History and Art History.

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Mason's Visiting Filmmakers Series presents Luchina Fisher with Mama Gloria, an empathic and engaging documentary about Chicago’s Black transgender icon Gloria Allen, on February 26, at 6:00 pm. Learn more about the film and the filmmaker here.

The New York Public Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia are among the institutions offering extensive programs of resources for all ages, including, on February 4, an edition of the NYPL Doc Chat show featuring sociology assistant professor Amaka Okechukwu discussing the Black Alternative Press of the 60s and 70s. 

The American Council on Education’s most recent newsletter offers an array of insights into issues affecting Black members of our educational community. The information is available on their site.

Closer to home, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is offering a series of talks and conversations about issues of history and reform.

The college's social media marketing specialist, Kiersten Jefferson, is collecting information from our Black faculty and staff members to recognize and appreciate their contributions to our students and to the mission of the college. Would you like to nominate someone? Please take a moment to fill out this form (Note: self nominations are welcome.) After completing the form, please send a headshot or photo to Kiersten,, to be featured on social media. All entries need to be completed by February 12th.

Finally, we remind you to check in with the college's pages on racial and social justice resources. We update them regularly and hope that they will be a continual source of information for our community.