Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State University celebrates Black His/Herstory Month in February

CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523

WESTFIELDWestfield State University will celebrate Black His/Herstory Month throughout the month of February with multiple events such as movie nights, a soul food dinner and a celebration of Douglass Day.

Since 1974, Westfield State University has held Black History Month events to inform the campus community and the public about the continuing importance of representation for African American history, culture, and traditions. In 2017, the event’s name was changed to Black His/Herstory Month to emphasize women’s role in the black community. The events are presented and organized by a committee of faculty, staff, and students.

The following events are open to the public.

Westfield State University Black His/Herstory Month Events:

Feb. 12, 4:30–9 p.m., Tim & Jeanne’s Dining Commons
A soul food dinner will be served.

Feb. 14, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Ely Library
Douglass Day 2020 will feature a transcribe-a-thon of the papers of Anna Julia Cooper.
The event celebrates the 202nd birthday of Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave, American abolitionist, orator, and social reform activist, and one of the most eminent human rights leaders of the 19th Century. Cooper was a black feminist leader and author of A Voice from the South by a Black Woman of the South.

Feb. 26, 8 p.m., Owl’s Nest (Room 18), Ely Campus Center
Open Mic Night (requesting performances representing black artists, poets, musicians, etc.)

Feb. 27, 4 p.m., Owl’s Nest (Room 18), Ely Campus Center
“I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin,” a film screening and guided discussion with Westfield State University Associate Professor of English Carol Bailey, Ph.D.

Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m., Owl’s Nest (Room 18), Ely Campus Center
Westfield State University’s Black Girls Rock Awards Ceremony
At this annual event staff and faculty of color are honored for their significant contributions to the Westfield State community and beyond.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information about Westfield State University, visit,, or


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