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Black History Month 2023

The University marks the annual celebration of Black History Month with an array of events, including discussions, lectures, exhibitions, and performances.

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And justice for all: reflecting on decades of civil rights speakers at Rochester

From Thurgood Marshall to Angela Davis, the University has hosted some of the most important Black activists, authors, speakers, and leaders over the years.

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University of Rochester establishes Department of Black Studies

The University’s Board of Trustees approved the creation of a Department of Black Studies in Arts, Sciences & Engineering. The new academic department will work in close collaboration with the University’s Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, which was established in 1986. “The study of Black people in the world is a major project encompassing geography, culture, political science, sociology, economics, and creativity,” says Jeffrey McCune Jr., director of the University’s Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies. “All of that is robust and deserves to be studied seriously.”

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