Black History Month

Presented as part of our Tucson Humanities Festival spring series, the College of Humanities and Department of Africana Studies invite you to join us for several events in February to celebrate Black History Month. 


Black History Month Kick-Off 

Monday, February 5, 2:00 PM | FREE
North Ballroom | Student Union Memorial Center

Meet the Department of Africana Studies at this energetic and fun-filled kick off of Black History Month 2024. Enjoy free food, giveaways and entertainment. Enter to win awesome raffle prizes and more. Bring your friends and come get to know us!


Faculty Guest DJs on KXCI

Feb. 9 and Feb. 16, 5 p.m.

Live on KXCI Community Radio, 91.3 FM or

As part of an annual partnership with KXCI Community Radio, professors from Africana Studies will be featured as guest DJs on the Home Stretch on select dates in February. The professors will select a topic to discuss and play related songs, illuminating subjects related to music, culture, history and their own research.



Making Magic Happen: Black Women Enriching Tucson

Panel Discussion 


Tuesday, February 13, 7:00 PM  
UA Poetry Center, Rubel Room | 1508 E Helen Street

A panel of Black women innovators will discuss making an impact in Tucson, changing the world for everyone and thriving with joy. Panelists include Beverely Elliott, Executive Director of the African American Museum of Southern Arizona; Cheree Meeks, President of NAACP Tucson and W.A Franke Honors College Assistant Dean of Programs, Diversity and Inclusion; Laura Pendleton-Miller, Board President of Blue Lotus Artists’ Collective (BLAC); and Taranika Sanders, Principal of Utterback Middle School.


Benny Pough: Hip-Hop, Business and Betting on Yourself

Presented by the College of Humanities and Dept. of Africana Studies with support from Arizona Humanities 


Tuesday, February 27, 6:00 PM  
Stevie Eller Dance Theatre | 1737 E University Blvd

Music industry veteran Benny Pough has left an indelible mark on the music industry as an executive, helping shape the sound and culture of music worldwide. With executive roles at labels Motown Def Jam, Epic Records and MCA Records, culminating in his role as President of Roc Nation, he helped to propel the careers of superstars like Jay-Z and Rihanna. Pough will reflect on and discuss experiences from his three decades in music, as well as his memoir On Impact: Life, Leadership and Betting on Yourself.

About the Tucson Humanities Festival

The University of Arizona College of Humanities regularly presents events that encourage public participation in the humanities. The Tucson Humanities Festival every fall is organized around a timely and thought-provoking theme that invites you to explore the impact of humanities on our lives. The festival carries into the spring with select programming to continue the conversation. To subscribe to festival mailing list or view recordings of presentations from the 2023 Tucson Humanities Festival: STYLE, please visit

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