Black History Month
Black History Month

Honouring the Black community at the U of A

Understanding where we are today and how we can move to a more equitable and inclusive tomorrow, starts with reflections of the past. The U of A is committed to creating a safe and inclusive space that challenges anti-Black and all forms of racism and values everyone's rights, dignity and labour.

Black History Month is a time for us to come together as a community to honour the contributions, achievements, and lived experiences of Black Canadians. This month is an opportunity to collectively listen, engage, and learn about Black Canadian histories and the cultures of newcomers, which greatly contribute to our society.

Each February, the University of Alberta celebrates the work of Black researchers, faculty, staff, instructors and students who are leading with purpose.

See the president's message honouring Black History Month 2023 »

Honorer la communauté noire à l’Université de l’Alberta

Pour comprendre où nous en sommes aujourd'hui et comment nous pouvons passer à un avenir plus équitable et inclusif, nous devons commencer par des réflexions sur le passé. La U of A s'engage à créer un espace sûr et inclusif qui défie le racisme anti-Noir et toutes les formes de racisme et valorise les droits, la dignité et le travail de chacun.

Le Mois de l'histoire des Noirs est l'occasion pour nous de nous rassembler en tant que communauté pour honorer les contributions, les réalisations et les expériences vécues des Canadiens noirs. Ce mois-ci est l'occasion d'écouter, de s'engager et d'apprendre collectivement l'histoire des Noirs canadiens et les cultures des nouveaux arrivants, qui contribuent tant à notre société.

Chaque février, l'Université de l'Alberta célèbre le travail des chercheurs, des professeurs, des membres du personnel et des instructeurs noirs ainsi que des étudiants qui font preuve de leadership avisé.

Lire le message du président en l’honneur du Mois de l’histoire des Noirs »

Featured Stories

Dr. Josephine Godwyll, Dr. Elizabeth Onyango, Dr. Victor Ezeugwu, Dr. Osezua Ibhadode, Dr. Domale Keys, Dr. Giselle Thompson and Dr. Michael Omoge

Welcoming the Black academic excellence cohort hire

Dr. W. Any Knight, Provost Fellow: Black Excellence and Leadership, University of Alberta

Announcing Inaugural Provost Fellow in Black Excellence and Leadership


Black History Month gains more meaning when Black communities reclaim it

BlackTalk logo on a pink background with illustration of individuals listening and speaking.
BlackTalk logo on a pink background with illustration of individuals listening and speaking.


Blacktalk is a podcast about the personal experiences of global Black experts and Black Canadians contextualized within the historical experience of being Black. Hosted by Distinguished Professor W. Andy Knight and political science student Zack Penddah, Blacktalk leaves listeners with new perspectives about anti-Black racism and Black achievement.

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Black History Month Events

New events will be added as they become available, so be sure to check back to see the latest opportunities.

See all 2023 events »

U of A Initiatives

Resources for
Black Students

The Black Students’ Collective developed a list of resources, services, and activities that directly support Black students' academic development, student participation, and other student services for Black students.

U of A signs
Scarborough Charter

The U of A is honoured to join our peer institutions across Canada in signing the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education.

Black Academic ExcellenceCohort Hire

The Black academic excellence cohort hire brings 12 outstanding Black scholars spanning a range of academic disciplines to the U of A.


Graduate Student Engagement Scholarship
Developed in collaboration with Black Students Graduate Association, the recipient must be of African descent and self-identify as Black, African-Canadian, African-American, or Afro-Caribbean or Afro-Latino heritage. 
University of Alberta Library Subject Guide: Black Studies
Find library resources for your exploration into Black Studies, a program of studies in Black history and culture, including the African diaspora.
Engagement and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity in Science
Explore a collection of resources prepared by the Associate Dean (Engagement & EDI) and the Faculty of Science Engagement & EDI committee. 
And Still We Rise: A Black Presence in Alberta, late 1800s – 1970s
Part of the Edmonton City as Museum Project, this exhibit explores the formation of Alberta’s Black communities from the late 1800s through to the early 1970s.

Meet our Alumni

Black scholars, students, and alumni have been influential in shaping Canada’s history, and working to uplift the whole people through their work. Meet some of our grads who are doing great things in Alberta and beyond.

U of A alumnus Andrew Parker
U of A alumna Violet King
Commemorative Rug

Unwrapping African Commemorative Cloth

An exploration of factory-printed textiles from the African continent, demonstrating the incredible communicative power of cloth from the diverse cultures of Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Cameroon, Malawi, Tchad, and Zimbabwe.

See exhibit