New College’s annual Black History Month program rallies the campus community as we celebrate and explore the rich history, culture, and contemporary realities of Black people and communities. As an annual program, Black History Month at New College intentionally focuses on Black communities in the United States and abroad in order to highlight the complexity and multiplicity of blackness and Black experiences.


Established by the visionary work of Dr. Queen Zabriskie and four undergraduate students– Nasib McIntosh, Donovan Brown, Paul Loriston, and the late Ijeoma Uzoukwu– the inaugural Black History Month program took place in February 2015. Working together, these individuals addressed a need on campus to illuminate, preserve, increase information about Black life for the campus community. Since then, the committee has grown to consist of students, staff, faculty, and administrators who collaborate to bring the design and implementation of the program to life!

2023 Events

Join us for events hosted by New College of Florida and community events hosted by local partners. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

Jane Bancroft Library

1923 Rosewood Massacre and African-American Authors and Artists Display
February 1-28

BHM Read-In with Child Care Center
February 16, 10:00 a.m.

Traces of the Trade-Documentary Film Screening

February 2, 6:30-9:30pm
Sainer Pavilion

USF Institute on Black Life 2023 Annual Conference

Thursday, February 2, 9am-6:30pm
USF Selby Auditorium
The USF Institute on Black Life (IBL) will host its Annual Conference on the Sarasota Manatee Campus, titled "Arts Health and Health for African American Community Empowerment." The USF Center for PAInT and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion co-host this conference. Topics specifically address racial injustice, historical inequity, and healing through arts while creating opportunities for participants to explore the arts as an evolving frontier in health and wellness. This event is free and open to the public; registration is asked of participants.

Listen up! Who are the literary voices that inspire you?

February 3, 12-1
Gender Diversity Center

Feminist Friday starts its contribution to Black History Month by discussing the great books that we need in this moment.

Dr. Céline Leboeuf: The Future of Black and Asian Solidarities

February 3, 3:30-4:30pm
Chae Auditorium

Dr. Céline Leboeuf (FIU) will give the Diversity Keynote address, “The Future of Black and Asian Solidarities”, co-sponsored by NCF International and Area Studies and part of the Black History Month events. RSVP for the lecture on Novoconnect or by emailing [email protected]

Sur la Bay Concert

February 4, 6-10pm
College Hall Outdoor Terrace
Join us for the Sur la Bay Concert at the Bay Front (behind College Hall) for an evening of great music with TREEDOMM band and a special performance by the students of Patá: An Experiential ISP on Afro-Caribbean drumming directed by Hugo Viera-Vargas.

Alix Pierre on "A Transnational Conversation on (African) Lineage in the Black Diaspora in a Migratory Context in Maryse Condé’s novel The Last of the African Kings"

February 10, 6-7:30pm
ACE Lounge

West African Dance

February 11, 11am-12:30pm
Location: Z-green

Poets Unplugged WSLR

February 11, 7pm

Derik Perry: “The Confluence of Race, Mentoring, Artificial Intelligence on a Career Path”

February 13, 6-7pm
ACE 327

Emerge Sarasota Exhibition: Fogartyville

February 17, 6-7pm
Fogartyville Arts Center

West African Dance

February 18, 11am-12:30pm

Black Student Union (BSU) BBQ

February 18, 12:30pm

Richard Zamoff presents "Jackie Robinson: Continued Relevance of an American Civil Rights Icon"

February 21, 5:00pm
Ace Lounge

Feminist Fridays: Warriors of Sarasota Film and Q&A

February 24, 12-1pm
ACE Lounge
Film screening and Q&A