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Black History Month at Furman

Last updated February 21, 2024

By Sarah Carroll

Hello! My name is Gracie Carroll, and I am a junior Communication Studies major from Aiken, SC. It’s February, which means it’s Black History Month!

Furman has many events dedicated to honoring and celebrating African American history and culture. Through engaging discussions, inspiring performances, and entertaining activities, Furman’s Center for Inclusive Communities aims to foster understanding, promote unity, and celebrate the Black individuals on our campus and in our greater community. Join us in commemorating Black History Month and embracing the opportunity to learn, reflect, and celebrate the diversity that strengthens us all!

List of Black History Month events:

Students participating in the Celebrating Black Excellence Talent Show!

 February 1st: Black History Month Kickoff

February 5th: #CultureTags

February 7th: Celebrating Black Excellence Talent Show

February 9th: Spades Tournament and Tutorials

February 12th: NAACP founders’ Day Banquet

February 13th: Dinner with a Din

February 15th: Gospel Concert

February 21st: The State of DEI in Corporate America

February 21st: Sip ‘n Paint: Black History Month Edition

February 22nd: Black People Meet

February 23rd: CIC Black History Month Drop-In

February 28th: Black History Month Closing Celebration


The Black History month celebrations come just a few days after Furman’s Joseph Vaughn Day. Joseph Vaughn was Furman’s first African American student, and his legacy of courage lives on.

Furman Student Diversity Council President, Abijah Leamon ’24, says, “I call you all to continue to fight for what is right, educate yourself on what you aren’t familiar with, and advocate for others even when it gets challenging. I challenge you to use Joseph Vaughn’s legacy to motivate you and guide you in deciding how you will commit to your community. Change will not come if we stop moving. We are all in this together.” There are a lot of great events being planned and held by diverse organizations, so use them as an opportunity to learn more about people in your community. Take the opportunity to support! Happy Black History Month!”