The Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice welcomed The New School community to Black History Month 2021.
While the origins of Black History Month date back to 1915, we entered into Black History Month 2021 at a time of significant turmoil and transition within the United
States and throughout the world. The systemic disparities and inequities that Black people experience are, for example, acutely displayed in the disproportionately high death rates and disproportionately low vaccine inoculation rates in the COVID-19
global health pandemic. Black History Month 2021 also arrived at a time of great hope and aspiration as communities continued to struggle for equity and social justice.
This dichotomy of struggle and hope are as old as the Black experience in America and endemic to its many institutions. The New School is no exception as we strive to discern and address inequities and any vestiges of anti-Blackness within the student,
staff, and faculty experience. We come to this Black History Month open and ready to address our challenges, as we advance inclusion and social justice within our policies, practices, and structures.
And while the dichotomies exist, we recognize that Black history, Black culture, Black joy, and Black love are defined by beauty, strength, and a complexity that is humanity.
In honor of Black History Month 2021, The New School is working to build a tradition of honoring and celebrating Black culture, history, and lives year-round.
Watch Archived Black History Month 2021 Events
Never Forget: Cycles of History: Award-winning journalist and historian
Jelani Cobb will ground and explore what is meant by "never forget." Cobb will discuss the way much of contemporary politics and conditions has been foretold by those of historic times.
A Conversation with Nikki Giovanni: The legendary poet, educator, and activist.