Baylor, Greater Waco Community Celebrate Black History Month

January 30, 2024
Black History Month

Contact: Lori Fogleman, Baylor University Media and Public Relations, 254-709-5959
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WACO, Texas (Jan. 29, 2024) – Baylor University and the Greater Waco community will join together in celebration of Black History Month in February with a variety of events that embrace history, enrich knowledge and encourage communities to celebrate the diversity within the Baylor family.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of Blacks in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

Black History Month Events

Feb. 1, 2024

Tune in on all Instagram accounts - @baylorbsc, @baylorma_cubtalk, @bayloruniversity and @baylorma1845 - as Baylor University kick off Black History Month 2024.

DEI Healing Circle, hosted by the Baylor School of Music, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall.

Feb. 1-29, 2024

Waco History African American History Self-Guided Tour, curated by Baylor University Institute for Oral History & The Texas Collection.

Feb. 2, 2024

Black History Month Carillon Recital, hosted by the Baylor School of Music, at noon on the McLane Carillon in the tower of Pat Neff Hall. University Carillonneur Lynnette Geary will perform "Woke Up This Morning with My Mind [Stayed] on Freedom," "I’ll [We Shall] Overcome Some Day," "This Little Light of Mine," "Come Sunday," "Precious Lord" and "Lift Every Voice and Sing." 

Feb. 3, 2024

Gospel Fest, hosted by Heavenly Voices Gospel Choir, at 5:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall.

Black History Month – Men’s Basketball Game – 7 p.m. at Foster Pavilion.

Feb. 5-10, 2024

Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce Texas Black Business Week Bingo: Patrons will have the opportunity to play for prizes while bringing awareness and support to Black-owned businesses, retail shops, restaurants and services. For more information, please email or call 254-235-3204.

Feb. 9-11, 2024

Trouble in Mind: Performances at 7:30 pm on 2/9, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm on 2/10 and 2:30 pm on 2/11 at Waco Civic Theater, 1517 Lake Air Dr., Waco, Texas.

Feb. 10, 2024

Black History Month – Women’s Basketball Game – 2 p.m. at Foster Pavilion.

Feb. 12, 2024

Pie a NUPE Fundraiser hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fountain Mall.

Feb. 14, 2024

What's Poppin' Wednesday, in partnership with Black Student Union, from 3 to 4 p.m. SUB CUB.

Feb. 14-17, 2024

Time to Wake Up: Racism in the World Church, hosted by Baylor’s Truett Seminary, Paul Powell Chapel or via Zoom webinar. Register here.

Feb. 17, 2024

5th Annual Black History Month Celebration, Waco Family and Faith International Film Festival, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Waco Hippodrome Theater, 724 Austin Ave., Waco, Texas.

Feb. 18, 2024

The Adam Experiment, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. at Waco Civic Theatre, 1517 Lake Air Drive, Waco.

Feb. 19, 2024 

Black History Month Story Time, hosted by the Mayborn Museum, at 10:30 a.m. Join the museum’s special story time where books and engaging activities come together to celebrate and educate. Let’s honor the legacy of Black leaders and be inspired to “Dream Big!” This session will feature the talented Breshena Crosby of Baylor Theater.  

Feb. 20-21, 2024

Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures, sponsored by the Department of History, given by Leslie Alexander, Ph.D., The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of History at Rutgers University, Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University and a specialist in early African American and African Diaspora history. Alexander's Edmondson Lectures will be held Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Foyer of Meditation at Armstrong Browning Library, 710 Speight Ave.

Feb. 21, 2024

Black Student Coalition Mixer with the Black Faculty & Staff Association, 4 to 5:30 p.m., SUB Barfield Drawing Room

Feb. 22, 2024

Keston Spring Panel: Seeking Peace in Times of War: Hope or Hopeless? - Hosted by The Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society; Sponsored by Baylor University Libraries, J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, Baylor International Studies, History Department, Department of Religion, and the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures - 3:30 p.m. at Moody Memorial Library, Room 104 or via Zoom webinar. Register here.

Black Heritage Banquet, hosted by the Black Student Union in conjunction with the Department of Multicultural Affairs, 6 p.m. in Foster 250, Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. Ticket information will be available soon.

Feb. 23, 2024

Ceremonial Groundbreaking for the Memorial to Enslaved Persons, hosted by Baylor University, at 1:30 p.m. at Founders Mall.

Feb. 24, 2024

Black History Walk, sponsored by Institute for Oral History, from 10 a.m. to noon, downtown Waco. Register here.

Feb. 24-25, 2024

The Royce Montgomery Variety Show: Performances at 7:30 pm on 2/24 and 2:30 pm on 2/25 at Waco Civic Theater, 1517 Lake Air Dr., Waco, Texas. 

Feb. 27, 2024

Black History in the Archives, hosted by the Black Faculty & Staff Association and The Texas Collection, at 4 p.m. at Carroll Library (first floor). 

Feb. 29-March 4, 2024

Big XII Conference on Black Student Government - Hosted by Iowa State University


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