Celebrating Black History 2023: Art and Resistance


Black History Month2023

Every February, across the country, we celebrate the history and accomplishments of Black Americans. As we look ahead to Black History Month in February 2023, we reflect on Dr. Matthew Delmont’s words: “if DEI work is truly going to be at the core of an organization, […] you have to make it part of the regular day-to-day life of your organization, not just something you embrace during moments of crisis.”

Celebrating the 2023 theme of “Black Art and Resistance,” we are proud to represent speakers that continue the conversation beyond Black History Month to tackle the systemic racism that persists and push for racial equity and justice.

Dr. Matthew Delmont

Expert on African-American history and author of Black Quotidian and Half American

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  • Highlights hidden figures from Black history
  • Explains why Black history should be studied and celebrated all year round

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Author of Take My Hand

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  • Speaks on the importance of reproductive justice
  • Advocates the need for laws protecting women’s access to reproductive healthcare, especially for women of color

Dr. Joshua Bennett

Award-winning poet and scholar of the spoken word

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  • shares the transformative power of the spoken word
  • Unpacks the hidden literary histories of Black environmentalism, education, and resistance

Robert Jones, Jr.

Creator of Son of Baldwin and author of The Prophets

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  • Speaks on the intersections of being Black and queer
  • Shares his experience as a Black queer writer in a white supremacist, capitalist, and patriarchal society

Alora Young

Spoken word poet and author of Walking Gentry Home

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  • Speaks on navigating Black girlhood and womanhood in America
  • Shares the history and impact of spoken word poetry and generational trauma

Bryan Washington

Award-winning author of Lot and MemorialBryan Washington Banner

  • Challenges the norms in narratives with stories about Black and queer protagonists
  • Speaks to writing about the Black identity, vulnerability, and the power of literature

Robin Coste Lewis

National Book Award-winning poet, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus and To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness

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  • Examines the history of poetic erasure within the context of race and post-colonialism
  • Speaks on her research into the archive, art history, and race

Donovan Livingston

Educator, poet, and author of Lift Off

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  • Discusses the lasting impact of past segregation on America’s schools
  • Offers his insights on how we can overcome racial inequalities in education 

Ian Manuel

Advocate for criminal justice reform, poet, and motivational speaker

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