Carter G. Woodson, known as the Father of Black History, established Negro History Week in 1926 to bring attention to the important developments and contributions pertaining to the Black Experience. He also realized the importance of providing a theme for a focal point on specific aspects of the vast Black experience to recognize, honor, and explore. His "brainchild," the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), created in 1915, continues to elect the 96th theme for the now Black History Month. 

ASALH's 2023 theme is Black Resistance. 

"African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms, and police killings since our arrival upon these shores. These efforts have been to advocate for a dignified self-determined life in a just democratic society in the United States and beyond the United States political jurisdiction. The 1950s and 1970s in the United States was defined by actions such as sit-ins, boycotts, walk outs, strikes by Black people and white allies in the fight for justice against discrimination in all sectors of society from employment to education to housing. Black people have had to consistently push the United States to live up to its ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all."

The Center for African & African American Studies 2023 Black History Month theme is Cultivation, Celebration, & Resistance. 

We invite the campus to join us in engaging with our BHM 2023 theme! This theme will allow us to celebrate the multiple facets of Black history while expanding our collective focus beyond only recognizing the struggles of the African diaspora. We also encourage you to recognize the joy and hope that Black history can provide us as we work towards a future of collective liberation. 

CAAAS Subtopics: 

Cultivation, Looking Toward the Future

These programs and initiatives cultivate communities supporting intersectional, Black liberation through education and deep conversation. Regardless of our identity, we must all learn, commit, and then move into action.

Celebration, Facing Today

These are programs and initiatives that celebrate the joy and contributions of Black People for Black People and allies. These are celebratory and advocacy spaces that focus on happiness, wellness, and ease.

Resistance, Learning from the past

These programs and initiatives educate on the history of resistance in the face of Global anti-Blackness. Honoring and retelling stories, both known and recently discovered, of contributions from the African Diaspora that have greatly impacted us.

Call For Programs

We are excited to coordinate the BHM 2023 calendar to help our community members prioritize which programs are right for them. This page will transform into a dynamic calendar that features programs from across campus departments on January 18th.

Program Planners: Please submit your program via this google form. You can see the proposed programs here. If your program is still in the planning process, you will be about to indicate that and update your submission once you have more information. The CAAAS Staff will monitor the submissions to provide feedback and suggestions for collaboration when possible. The deadline to be included in the Black History Month newsletter is January 13, 2023.

The CAAAS is offering programmatic consultations on Thursdays from 10 AM – 1 PM, starting from October 20, 2022, until January 12, 2023. These 30-minute meetings are opportunities to strategize and discuss any thoughts or difficulties you may have planning Black History Month programming. You can sign up for a consultation slot here.

Are you thinking about what you want your participants to learn? Please review this helpful document on learning objectives based on BHM 2023 Subthemes.

The CAAAS is not able to co-sponsor all programs, but we can be a resource and connector for those that are planning programs. We also have limited funding available for campus partners that may need support. You can indicate that in the program submission.

For BHM 2023 questions, please email