Black History Month

Black History Month aims to celebrate and centre Blackness throughout the history, the present, and the future of McGill and beyond.


Black History Month 2020: Rooted 


Black History Month 2020 is the fourth annual celebration of Black History Month at McGill University bringing together students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members. This year's celebration is co-organized by the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), the Black Students’ Network (BSN), and the McGill African Students' Society (MASS). We appreciate the continued support of our partners on and off campus and look forward to honouring Black history together!

The Opening Ceremony of Black History Month 2020 will be held on February 3rd, 2020 from 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM at the Faculty of Law. Tickets can be reserved here!

For more information or to support Black History Month at McGill please contact Shanice Yarde at shanice.yarde [at] or 514-398-2176.

Like our Facebook page to stay connected and check out the full schedule of events happening across McGill and Montreal below. Shoutout to G L O W Z I for the Black History Month 2020 poster design!

Poster for Black History Month 2019 - JusticeBlack History Month 2019

The 2019 edition of Black History Month's theme was "Justice". For more information, please read the articles below.

McGill Reporter: "Black History Month kicks off" (January 31, 2019)

The Tribune: "McGill launches third annual Black History Month celebrations" (February 4, 2019)

Faculty of Arts: "Honouring an underrepresented legacy" (February 6, 2019)

For more information or to find out how to support Black History Month at McGill please contact Shanice Yarde at shanice.yarde [at] or 514-398-2176.

Stay connected via our Facebook page!

Poster for Black History Month 2018 - ResistanceBlack History Month 2018

In 2017, the former Social Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE) organized McGill's first ever institutionalized Black History Month.

This year, we have built on its success in collaboration with the Black Students' Network of McGill to bring a jam-packed month of events on the theme of Resistance.

Activities for BHM 2018 include an Opening Ceremony on February 1st featuring a keynote by Robyn Maynard; Community & Family Day on campus featuring workshops, activities, and discussions; SPEAK B(L)ACK, a poetry and open mic collaboration with Kama La Mackerel; panel discussions with Black faculty, scholars, and community members; and a whole lot more!

Stay connected via our Facebook page! 

Poster for Black History Month 2017Black History Month 2017

The Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office at McGill University is hosting Black History Month 2017 (BHM 2017), McGill's first official Black History Month celebration. We will be collaborating with various student and community organizations, faculties, departments and offices within McGill, as well as individuals who are committed to celebrating Black History Month!

We are excited to honour BMH 2017 at McGill and we wish to recognize Black Excellence in a multitude of areas throughout the history, the present, and the future of the Black community at McGill, in Montreal and across Canada. This is an especially important year as it marks the 10th anniversary of February being officially recognized by the Quebec government as Black History Month.

For McGill’s first ever full Black History Month celebration, we will be organizing and collaborating on a variety of events and activities which highlight the diversity of Black history, Black culture and Black life. Events and activities will explore these following four sub-themes:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Science & Innovation
  • Education & Awareness
  • Arts

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it promises to be one of the most exciting and eventful as we prepare to launch BHM 2017 at McGill. We invite students, staff, faculty and members of the Montreal community to celebrate with us!



McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

For more information about traditional territory and tips on how to make a land acknowledgement, visit our Land Acknowledgement webpage.

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