February 2022

UMSL recognizes that Black History is part of each and every month but as a campus, we take great pride and privilege in establishing events specific to Black History throughout the month of February each year. From highlighting black historical figures and movements to emphasizing current experiences within the Black community, departments and offices all over campus develop programs and events for students, staff and faculty.

This year's Black History Month theme mirrored the national theme: Black Health and Wellness. The Black History Month Planning Committee curated a schedule of over 15 different events for the entire Triton community to engage with. Below, we highlight a few of the events from the 2022 celebrations!

Check back in late 2022 for the Black History Month Planning Committee Application if you are interested in sponsoring and hosting a Black History Month program for 2023!



 King Richard Flyer

Due to COVID-19, the Black History Month kickoff looked a little different this year. Students, staff and faculty were invited to enjoy the November 2021 released, King Richard, starring Will Smith and telling the story of Venus and Serena Williams and their father, Richard Williams.


Black People in Horror Films FlyerA lecture-discussion type event discussing Black people's long, powerful, and difficult history in horror films and media in general. Featuring UMSL faculty as the lecturer!


Trap Yoga FlyerIn a three-week series, Campus Rec sponsors an engaging Yoga series which taps into the rhythms and beats of trap music to synchronize yoga poses to.


Black Excellence Showcase FlyerShowing out and showing off our Black Student Organizations and Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities in this showcase event. 


Black Money FlyerAs the College of Business Administration builds a Black in Business program, they offer this Black Money conversation to introduce students, staff and faculty to the power of Black wealth.


Black Nurse Activists FlyerThis tag team event aims to discuss how Black Nurse Activists have impacted and changed the scope of health in the greater St. Louis area both historically and today.


Sports Are Universal 3-on-3 Basketball FlyerIn the second installment of the Sports Are Universal series, the 3-on-3 Basketball Invitational brings together all Tritons around the sport of basketball and to highlight black athletes and black history in sports.


2022 Soul Food Celebration FlyerThis year, Soul Food Celebration served as the Black History Month Capstone event. It featured a menu of fried chicken, fried catfish, macaroni & cheese, spaghetti, collard greens, corn bread, and peach cobbler. The power and history of soul food was highlighted and fun music by Black artists and musicians were featured all afternoon long.