Black History Month


Black History Month is an annual national celebration that calls attention toward Black achievement and excellence in society. The Office of Institutional Diversity is committed to supporting and uplifting Black voices, and believes that Black History should be acknowledged and taught everywhere, every month of the year.

Black History Month Objectives

  • Dedicate time to understanding and educating others about Black History--not just in America, but all over the world. 
  • Participate in events with a focus on Black History, and share these events with others.
  • Research local Black-owned businesses, and contribute to their success in any ways possible.  


OSU celebrates Black History Month, many contributions by Black community members
A message from President Jayathi Y. Murthy, Feb. 8, 2023

Black History Month Events

Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center Events


Contact the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center for details: [email protected].


2023 Black History Month Events

A roundup of free events at Oregon State University highlighting the achievements and struggles of African-Americans from the past to the present.

Dr. Lawrence Griggs Office of Black & Indigenous Student Success 


Contact the Griggs Center for event details, or [email protected].


Resources for Students, Faculty and Staff


Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center

The mission of the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center is to complement the academic program of studies and enrich the quality of campus life for African and African-American students on-campus and online at Oregon State University.


Dr. Lawrence Griggs Office of Black & Indigenous Student Success

The Dr. Lawrence Griggs Office of Black & Indigenous Student Success fosters rich and intentional relationships across the Oregon State University landscape in an effort to increase access, academic success and retention for Black, Native American, Pacific Islander and Alaskan Native students.


President's Commission on the Status of Black Faculty and Staff Affairs (PCSBFSA)

We are committed to acknowledging the humanity, improving the lives, and ensuring the well-being of those who self-identify as Black, of African heritage, of native African descent, and of the African Diaspora on the campuses of Oregon State University. Through partnerships and collaboration, PCSBFSA advocates for a productive and healthy climate through informing the development and implementation of strategies to address the collective needs of its members.


OSU Black Alumni and Friends Network

The OSU Black Alumni and Friends Network (BAFN) is an official group open to Oregon State alumni and friends who identify with and support Pan- African, Afro-Caribbean, Black, African and African American communities. Meet regularly with Beaver alumni and build your personal and professional network, plus offer support, mentorship or career opportunities to current students and alumni.


Oregon Multicultural Archives: African American People and Culture

In 2005, the Oregon State University Libraries (OSUL) established the Oregon Multicultural Archives (OMA) to highlight multicultural collections already held in the OSUL Archives, to serve as a digital resource linking researchers to other institutions or organizations with multicultural archival collections, and to build an archive with records that document African American, Asian American, Latino/a and Native American communities to reflect how they have contributed to the identity of the state of Oregon.

2021 Virtual Peace March: A video journey into the untold history of OSU’s Black Community Activism

This short documentary covers important moments in the long struggle of Black students for racial justice at OSU and beyond. Produced by students and staff affiliated with the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center on campus, this project looks at the past and future of racial justice.