Belonging at Yale - Focus on Black History Month

Focus on Black History Month

Explore the many groups, events, media, and other opportunities that celebrate our colleagues and classmates and raise awareness around Black history. We thank those who are responsible for contributing to this list, especially Dean Risë Nelson.

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Engagement Opportunities

Art Collections

Explore the following collections:

  • Discover the African Art collection at the Yale Art Gallery.
  • Explore the Yale Center for British Art’s collection of works by, and series of programs featuring artists from African, Britain, the Caribbean Islands, the United States, the West Indies, and other backgrounds. Learn more online at any time or when the museum reopens on March 3, 2022.


Yale University Press and Yale University Library
Read one of over 100 books on African American Studies available via the Yale University Press and via the Yale University Library. The Library’s collection also includes additional resources on this topic.

Additional Book Recommendations

  • Autobiography of Malcolm X, Alex Haley
  • Black Feminist Thought, Patricia Hill Collins
  • Black Jacobins, C.R.L. James
  • Black in White Space, Elijah Anderson
  • Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  • The Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Cherríe Moraga
  • The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
  • The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the
  • Twenty-first Century, Grace Lee Boggs
  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, Audre Lorde

Resources on Antiracism
Access books and other media curated by the Belonging at Yale team on the subject of antiracism.


African American History Open Yale Course
Take this free course to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present (2010). Prominent themes include the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction; African Americans’ urbanization experiences; the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath; and the thought and leadership of Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X.

Department of African American Studies
Learn about the Department of African American Studies at Yale, focusing on numerous disciplinary perspectives, the experiences of people of African descent in Black Atlantic societies, including the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

LinkedIn Learning
Explore free courses on LinkedIn Learning, including courses on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.


Black History Month Events compiled by the Afro-American Cultural Center (“The House”)
Explore this compilation of campus/local events that are planned by the Afro-American Cultural Center (“the House”), some of its resident groups, various University offices and student organizations, and community partners of the House. Events that appear on this list were submitted by the event coordinator(s).

Yale African American Affinity Group (YAAA) Events
Discover upcoming events hosted by the African American Affinity Group.

Afro-Peruvian Family Dance Class
Friday, February 25, 4-5 pm
In honor of Black History Month, join the Yale African American Affinity Group, Future Leaders of Yale, Yale University Working Women’s Network, and Yale Latino Networking Group for an Afro-Peruvian Family Dance Class with Cunamacué. Attendees will learn to dance the Festejo (the most popular and festive rhythm within Afro-Peruvian culture), and about instruments that are unique to Afro-Peruvian music. All ages are welcomed. Registration required.

Free the New Haven Panthers: The New Haven Nine, Yale, and the May Day 1970 Protests That Brought Them Together, Tue, May 4, 2021 - Sat, April 30, 2022
This online exhibit, sponsored by the Yale University Library, has been curated by Yale College student Kathryn Schmechel ’21 based on her senior essay in history. She will introduce the exhibit in a curator’s talk on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 4 – 5 pm.

Mondays at Beinecke, Mon, March 7, 2022, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Attend two presentations of research findings from three students in the Yale College fall 2021 seminar, “Slavery, Race, and Yale.”

Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Yale University honors the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with celebrations on campus and in the New Haven community. These commemorative events highlight Yale’s and New Haven’s spirit of service and provide an opportunity for education and unity in these challenging times. While the 2021 event has already passed, please explore this website for information of interest.

18th Annual Yale Bouchet Conference, April 7-8, 2022
The Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education finds its origins in Yale’s treasured collaboration with Howard University. It draws scholars, administrators, and graduate and undergraduate students from across the nation, as well as members of the New Haven community. Featuring two days of discussions, networking, and other sessions, the conference culminates in the induction ceremony for the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. Registration is required and free for Yale Alumni and affiliates.

Visit the Yale Events Calendar for additional DEI and Belonging events, including those focused on Black History Month.

Films and TV Series

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • King In The Wilderness — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Available to rent for free
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

Organizations and Centers of Engagement

African American Affinity Group (YAAA)
The Yale African American Affinity Group strives to provide opportunities for staff to engage, build community and make connections at Yale and the broader New Haven community.

Afro-American Cultural Center
The Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale University (affectionately called “the House”) was established in the fall of 1969 after the rise of issues surrounding race and civil unrest at Yale and throughout the New Haven community. Since 1969, it has nurtured and encouraged generations of Black Yalies to become some of the world’s leading scholars, activists, and professionals.

Black Student Organizations
Learn about over 30 House Groups affiliated with the Afro-American Cultural Center.

Yale Black Alumni Association (YBAA)
Founded in 2008, The Yale Black Alumni Association (YBAA) is an official shared interest group of the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) run by dedicated, volunteer Yale alumni from around the country.

The Program in Race, Ethnicity, and Migration (ER&M)
This program enables students to engage in the interdisciplinary and comparative study of forces that have created a multicultural, multiethnic, and multiracial world.

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
The Center is part of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. Since its founding in 1998, the Gilder Lehrman Center has been dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of knowledge concerning slavery and its legacies across all borders and all time, from the distant past through the present day.

Greater New Haven Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NNACP)
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) ensures the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and aims to eliminate race-based discrimination.

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