MEDIA ADVISORY: MU announces Black History Month keynote speaker and events

Feb. 2, 2023
Contact: Uriah Orland, 573-882-6212,

The University of Missouri will host several events commemorating Black History Month. 

The 2023 Black History Month national theme of “Black Resistance” is an opportunity to reflect on the global struggles of Black communities in the context of both impediments and triumphs.

While a full list of events during February can be found here, some highlights include:

2023 Keynote Black History Month Lecture on Africa in the Global Landscape: Democracy, Food Security, and the Role of the Youth
When: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Monsanto Auditorium
Who: Her Excellency Michelle Ndiaye, special representative of the chairperson of the African Union, head of the African Union Liaison Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the granddaughter of Léopold Sédar Senghor, a founder of the Negritude Movement and the first President of Senegal.

How Britain Underdeveloped the Caribbean
When: Monday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Ellis Auditorium
Who: Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, discusses "How Britain Underdeveloped the Caribbean: A Reparation Response to Europe’s Legacy of Plunder and Poverty.”

Paul Bogle & George William Gordan Lecture
When: Friday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m.
Where: Arts and Science Building, room 114
Who: Professor Anna Perkins of the University of West Indies Mona, Jamaica, will reflect on the case of Paul Bogle and George William Gordon, two of the men (now national heroes in Jamaica), who were murdered by the colonial state in response to the Morant Bay Uprising.

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