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Black History Month

SAIS is proud to join the entire Johns Hopkins University community in celebration of Black History Month. The SAIS community will celebrate the month and honor its significance with a variety of events and activities across Johns Hopkins University, Bologna, Italy and Washington, D.C.

Events Taking Place at Johns Hopkins SAIS

Visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Saturday, February 3, 2024 | 1pm EST

Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Join us for this free event to celebrate Black History Month in 2024!

SAIS Museum Mondays: National Museum of African American History & Culture 

Monday, February 12, 2024 | 12:00 - 2:00 pm EST

Join us on Monday, February 12th for our next destination for SAIS Museum Mondays: National Museum of African American History & Culture. We will get to explore the museum and all of its rich history through a guided tour.


SAIS Bologna Africa Club | Social Mixer Celebrating Black History | Giulio's Cafe

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 | 6:30 pm Local Time (Bologna)

Happy Black History Month! Join SAIS Africa and SAIS BSU next Tuesday, February 13th for a social mixer celebrating Black History. There will be fun trivia, music, and vibes! Feel free to bring a friend…or three!

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Black Voices In International Affairs: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 15, 2024 | 5:15 - 8pm EST

Join us for a thought-provoking keynote fireside chat with Ambassador Eunice Reddick, and a panel discussion with Alumni from the public and private sector, hosted by the SAIS Black Student Union in celebration of Black History Month. Our distinguished panelists, experts in international affairs, will come together to explore and illuminate the profound impact of diverse voices in shaping global perspectives.


A Black History Month Celebration

Thursday, February 22, 2024 | 7pm EST | Location: 555 Pennsylvania Avenue

A night in celebration of the Art of Resistance, come and enjoy a night of food, dance, and honoring those who paved the way for us.


Events Taking Place Around Washington, D.C.

The National Theatre LIVE! at the Library | I Don't Want to Be Me: a performance by VOCA

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 | 10:30 am EST

Visionaries of the Creative Arts (VOCA) brings to life this story by Patricia Lee Davis, about Michelle, a young African-American girl struggling to accept her natural beauty and learning to embrace herself. Children will be able to participate in this interactive drama. ASL interpretation will be provided.

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International Spy Museum: James A. Lafayette, Revolutionary War Spy | Southwest Library

Friday, February 23, 2024 | 4:00 pm EST

James A. Lafayette was a spy for the Patriots in Virginia during the fight for American Independence. Working closely with Marquise de Lafayette, this enslaved man undertook “important commissions” and gathered “intelligences from the enemy’s camp.” This talk will explore how we know about James and his work as a spy for the Patriots—from speculation to documentation.

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Free the People Film Screening and Panel Discussion | MLK Library

Sunday, February 25, 2024 | 1:00 pm EST

Join us for a special screening of Free The People, a 3-part docuseries detailing D.C.'s 2020 Black Lives Matter uprising from the frontlines Following the screening film makers Kintsugi Kelley-Chung and Andrew "Jazzy" Jasuira will discuss the making of the film and why they thought it was important to tell the story.

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Events Taking Place Around Johns Hopkins University

Ethel's Place: Celebrating Ethel Ennis, Baltimore's First Lady of Jazz

October 22, 2023 - March 31, 2024

Devoted to Baltimore vocalist Ethel Ennis (1932 – 2019), this landmark exhibition explores each era of the singer's remarkable life.

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The Culture Kitchen: Black History Month

February 2 - 29, 2024 | 11 am - 7 pm EST

This month's The Culture Kitchen celebrates Black History Month with recipes inspired by Ethiopian chef Marcus Samuelsson

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Black history board game event

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 | 3:30 - 5:30 pm EST

Play games from the Sheridan Libraries' Black History Board Games collection spanning the late 1980s to the present.

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Black Heritage Celebration

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 | 5 - 7 pm EST

The theme of this year's celebration is Food for the Soul. The event will feature a keynote speaker, performances, and food vendors and demonstrations.

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