Black Legacy Month

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Black Legacy Month (BLM) is a time in which the entire Dartmouth community comes together to celebrate and recognize the triumphs, struggles, and excellence of Blackness at Dartmouth.

This year, in particular, BLM is centering the act of resistance as a praxis of liberation. Freedom is a constant struggle, and the fight for liberation extends far beyond marches—it flows from the movements in conference halls and boardrooms to classrooms and lecture spaces to art studios and libraries. It is lived through the active participation of diverse and valued experiences. Resistance against the practices, modes, and tools of oppression, against the mindsets that perpetuate injustice is an indispensable aspect of every part of Black expression. This year, we celebrate our contemporary resistance as we move our bodies, tell our stories, advance our visions, and work to create the world we want.

Throughout the month of February, the Tuck and Dartmouth communities offered a number of events and programs to celebrate BLM. The purpose of Black Legacy Month is to recognize the Black experience, explore topical issues in the Black community while giving context to a vision of what the Black future could be, and engage the Dartmouth community in an appreciation for all that Black people have contributed to the campus and the world at large. 

Visit the Office of Pluralism and Leadership website for Dartmouth-hosted Black Legacy Month events open to the entire Dartmouth community.


Thursday, February 2 | 4 p.m.

Green Table Talk with Dean Slaughter
BSAT will be hosting Tuck Green Table Talk with Dean Matthew Slaughter as the kick-off to Black Legacy Month. Inspired by the Facebook Watch Series "Red Table Talk" starring Jada Pinkett Smith. The goal is for us to celebrate the multiplicities of blackness, raise more awareness and understanding of Black identities and discuss race and social justice in a restorative and informative way. 

The Black Students Association at Tuck welcomes all members of the community including faculty, staff, and partners to join us for light refreshments and engaging conversation with Dean Slaughter. 

Location: Raether Atrium

Presented by Tuck. Open to the Tuck community.

Saturday, February 4 | 4:30 p.m.

DBSAA Field Day
Join OPAL and Dartmouth Black Student-Athlete Association for a day of fun and good sports. Join us as you're able!
Indoor Practice Facility

All community members (students athletes, students, faculty, and staff) are welcome!

Presented by the Dartmouth Black Student Athlete Association

Sunday, February 5 | 2 p.m.

Black Hair Care
The first part of the event is a moderated discussion on texturism, a form of discrimination that primarily affects people of African descent. The second half will be led by a local, professional hairstylist and a student who will teach participants how to protect and style various types of Black hair. This will be a hands-on activity with student volunteers that participants can practice on. This is important because of the lack of hair care options available for students in the Upper Valley.

Location: Shabazz Mural Room

Co-presented by AKAs, BGAM, South House, Alpha Phi Alpha  

Monday, February 6 | 6:30 p.m.

Women's & Men's Forum
To hold a space where Black women can come together and talk about their experiences at Dartmouth. A panel will share where they have found community and support throughout their time at Dartmouth.

To hold space where men and masculine identifying members of our community can come together and discuss issues related to their experiences both at Dartmouth and outside of Dartmouth.

Location: Shabazz

Note: This event is specifically tailored to members of the Black and Pan-African community.

Co-presented by MoCA, Alphas

Wednesday, February 8 | 5:30 p.m.

Black Queer Joy
Join us at Triangle House on Wednesday, February 8th at 5:30 pm for a workshop with Vanessa Miller as part of Black Legacy Month.

Vanessa B. Miller, LMSW will lead a 1.5-2 hour creative wellness workshop where participants will create their own wire wrapped jewelry and discuss themes around Black Joy. Vanessa is a licensed clinician working with LGBTQ communities and celebrated metalsmith at BQMNY.

This is an affinity space for students of color, centering Black and LGBTQIA+ experiences. The event space is wheelchair accessible and has single, gender neutral bathrooms. If you RSVP and cannot attend or have any questions, please email

Location: Triangle House (Tri-Ho)

Co-presented by OPAL, LGBTQIA+Student Advising Area

February 9-12

Black Ski Weekend
Park City, UT

Hosted by Black Students Association at Tuck (BSAT)

Friday, February 10 | 6 p.m.  

Game Night
This will be a stress-busting game night event with popular games like Uno, spades, dominos and monopoly. Attendees can learn how to play spades and dominoes which are games of significance within the African diaspora. There will be light refreshments.

Location: Shabazz Basement

Monday, February 13 | TBD

Critical Dialogues: Black Student Experience

Location: Baker Library 102

*Note: This event is for faculty and staff only.  Presented by DCAL

Wednesday, February 15 | TBD

Black Joy Fellowship
As Black students at a small and predominantly white institution, it can be difficult to find ways to uplift our spirits in a way that also strengthens the bonds between each other. This is especially true in the winter when the sun sets much earlier, it is typically too cold to spend substantial time outside, and seasonal depression takes hold. This Black Joy Fellowship event would provide a space for Black students to come together and enjoy being in each other's presence while engaging in activities and conversations surrounding Black Joy, thus improving students' moods.

Location: Carson (TBD)

Presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Wednesday, February 15 | TBD

Black Caucus Happy Hour

Location: Sawtooth Kitchen

*Note: This event is for faculty and staff only. Presented by the Black Caucus ERN and  EWOC ERN

Friday, February 17 | 12:30 p.m.

Artist Talk: Darryl DeAngelo
Join artist Darryl DeAngelo Terrell and Associate Curator of Photography Alisa Swindell as they discuss the role of Black joy in Terrell's work. Terrell has several works in the Hood Museum's collection, some of which were recently featured in the fall 2022 exhibition Femme is Fierce.

Location: Gilman Auditorium, Hood Museum of Art

Presented by the Hood Museum

Thursday, February 16 | 6:15 p.m.

Black History Month Tuck Tails

Location: Stell Hall

Hosted by Black Students Association at Tuck (BSAT)
Presented by Tuck. Open to the Tuck community.


Friday, February 17 | 8 p.m.

Black History Month Celebration Dance Party
Come enjoy drinks and snacks with BSAT! Come dressed in your favorite 90s/2000s themed outfit and celebrate black music from this era with BSAT!

Location: Raether Hall

Hosted by Black Students Association at Tuck (BSAT)
Presented by Tuck. Open to the Tuck community.

Saturday, February 18 | 1 p.m.

Blooming Where We Are Planted: Islam and the Flourishing of Black Life in America 

Location: Shabazz

Co-presented by Tucker Center for Ethical & Spiritual Life & Visibility

Saturday, February 18 | 7 p.m.

BLM Talent Show
In keeping with the theme of Black joy, a talent show provides the perfect way for students to destress. Students will share and respond to their peers' talents, which will strengthen the bonds in the community. In addition to building confidence, participants will also have the chance to win prizes!

Location: One Wheelock

Co-presented by Black Praxis & Soyeya Dance Troupe

Sunday, February 19 | 12 p.m.

Black Brunch
The main components of this event include a Brunch (1st half), and fashion show (second half) which will take place simultaneously. Catering for this event will be provided by Maple Street. This event will serve to represent different cultures and traditions within the Black diaspora at Dartmouth. For the fashion, various cultural attire across the Black community will be showcased.

Location: The Onion

Co-presented by Black Praxis, North Park House & South House 

Thursday, February 23

Black Trivia Night with Geisel
This event is private

Presented by Tuck.

Sunday, February 26 | 1 p.m.

Hashtag Lunchbag Project  
BSAT and other black student members of the Dartmouth community will be making sandwiches for a local food shelter (Listen Food CS). Come join for allyship and bonding while making a positive impact on the local community. Food and drinks will be provided!

Location: Shabazz

Presented by Tuck. Open to the Tuck community.

Monday, February 27 | 6 p.m.

Closing Keynote: Black Joy in the Media 
This event entails a keynote speaker who fits within the theme of Black joy--this year's keynote speaker is DeWanda Wise.

Wise made her blockbuster debut this Summer starring as Kayla Watts in "Jurassic World Dominion," followed by the highly anticipated Showtime adaptation of Lisa Taddeo's NY Times Bestseller "Three Women" coming 2023. Addition credits include her first leading role in ABC's "Firelight," her breakout role as Nola Darling in the Netflix adaption of "She's Gotta Have It," hit comedy "Someone Great" by Jenn Kaytin Robinson, and playing Swan opposite Kevin Hart in the Sony/Netflix film "Fatherhood" among others. Select stage credits include Atlantic Theater Company's "Fireflies," originating the roles of 'Nina' in Dominique Morisseau's "Sunset Baby," and 'Mercy' in "Flight," directed by Liesl Tommy, David Mamet's "Race," and "In the Continuum." An Ambassador for NAMI, DeWanda is committed to reducing mental health stigma, and systemic change towards accessible care for all.

Location: Cook Auditorium, Murdough

Co-presented by Tuck, SPEC, and Visibility .