Black History Month in Lafayette

February may be one of the shorter months jam-packed with celebratory events like the Superbowl, Valentine's Day, President's Day, and Mardi Gras, but what makes this month even more significant is the celebration of Black lives and history with Black History Month.

Beginning in 1926 as a week-long celebration honoring African Americans' heritage, challenges, achievements, and culture, the event has expanded to the entire month of February.

We're participating in the celebration by spotlighting some notable figures from the Lafayette area as well as diving into the history of the Mardi Gras Indians and exploring our Black-owned restaurants, as well as featuring some Black History Month events happening in the community.

2023 Black History Month Community Events

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Black History Month Calendar

1 - UL SGA BLACKOUT. In the UL Lafayette Quad, 11:00 am - open to the public. In honor of Black History Month, join the UL Student Government Association for a time of remembrance and reflection to start Black History Month.

1 - African American Contributions, History, and Culture in Iberia Parish talk w/ Dr. Hayes. Helma B. Constantine Forum, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - open to the public.

1 - Heritage Quilt Exhibit on display at Hillard Museum throughout the month of February.

3 - BSU Trap Bingo. Evangeline Room, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Have fun with a purpose. Players are given a bingo card where traditional bingo numbers are replaced with music artists in Trap and Hip Hop. When you hear the artist on your board mark their name. The first person with 5 in a row marked off, plus the free space wins that round. Players must donate canned goods to receive a board or pay $2, donated items collected for Campus Cupboard.

5 - NAACP Candle Light Vigil: In Honor of Tyre Nichols. UL Lafayette Student Union - Cypress Lake Plaza Area, 6:00 pm

6 - Motivational and Mental Health Monday. LEP Center, located in the Agnes Edwards Hall, room 172, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Come celebrate Black History Month with us!  We will have motivational speaker, create vision boards and set up self-care plans for ourselves this semester!  All are welcome.

8 - Anitra Jay: A Tour of Black Voices in American History. Student Union Ballroom, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Presented by the Cultural Connections Board-UPC

9 - Community Event - Elevate North Lafayette. Downtown Convention Center - 124 S Buchanan St. Lafayette, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Join LEDA and community partners for an experience designed to inspire, educate, and build the community's capacity for economic revitalization and equitable development featuring redevelopment and adaptive reuse expert, Monte Anderson, and his team at Neighborhood Evolution, Mike Keen and Beatrice Radle.

10 - Community Event - Black Authors Expo. Le Maison Creole de Freetown - 800 E Vermilion St. Lafayette, 6:30 pm. Featuring 10 local authors throughout Acadiana.

11 - Community Event - Black Authors Expo. Le Maison Creole de Freetown - 800 E Vermilion St. Lafayette, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Featuring 10 local authors throughout Acadiana

12 - UL NAACP Brunch. Alumni Center , 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. This will our opening event for NAACP Week. It will be a social event. We will have food, drinks, & music. We will have a DJ and a few performances by a few students from campus. We will have tickets for sale soon and prices are TBA. Campus community event only.

13 - UL NAACP History Walk Through - Social Media Series. The Evangeline Art Gallery 11:000 am - 1:00 pm This event will consist of a social media series on our social media about NAACP. Also, we will have a walk-through of history in the Art gallery. Presentations will be created by our Executive committee to spread some knowledge about NAACP.  Campus community event only.

14 - UL NAACP Paint and Sip. Girard Park 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. This is a fundraiser event. We will have paintings for everyone to create and hang out. We did it on Valentine's day for people to come out with their significant other or friend to hang out and make a painting together. This is also another social event and tickets will go on sale soon and prices are TBA. Campus community event only.

15 - UL NAACP The Uncomfortable Truth. Helma B. Constantine Forurm 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. This will be an informational meeting, discussing different issues that minorities face in the world or things that we struggle with on campus. Campus community event only.

16 - NSBE General Body Meeting | Black History Edition. Oliver Hall Room 101, 6:00 pm. Join NSBE for our second general body meeting of the semester - Black History Month edition! It will be a night of trivia, karoake, competition plus more - all in celebration of Black excellence! Open to students, faculty, and staff.

23 -BSU General Body|Black History KaHoot. Helma B Constantine Forum – 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Open to all students.

23 - UL NAACP Telfar and Tux. Cypress Lake Plaza Circle 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. This is a social event for students to come and hang out and model their outfits. You can come with a Telfar purse if you have it or a tote bag. Anything that you have, we just want students to come and hang out as we close out our NAACP week. Campus community event only.

25 - Community Event - Heritage Gala – Downtown Convention Center Tickets $45

26 - Community Event - Black History Heritage Parade 2:00 pm Willow St.

27 - Black History Month Drive-in Movie (42). 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Cajundome Convention Center, Presented by the Cultural Connections Board-UPC

28 - Closing Ceremony BHM – BASE Performance/drum circle, speakers

March 3 - BSU WILD-N-OUT w/ Performance by Infinite. Bayou Bijou, Student Union 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Students will participate in wild-n-out games such as Family Reunion, Rap Battle, Talkin Spit  - Open to all UL students & staff

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