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Sean Hewitt, Director of the Center for Civic Engagement

Black History Month, founded by Carter G Woodson, is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African Diasporic people in American history. As an African American, I have learned immensely from prior generations of civically engaged leaders ,which helps inform how I approach my work and perspective connecting community and the classroom. It […]


Antonio Blake T’23

For generations, Black people in America have faced mortifying acts, including erasure of their existence. We were subjected to other people trying to create narratives that degraded us. Black History Month is a conscious intentionality to remember our ancestors and their marvelous contributions and the telling of “how we got over.” It is to recognize […]


Cordelza Haynes, Director, Frances B. Sellers/EOF Program

African American history month had its origins in the inspired work of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, among others, as a means to study and recognize the history of Black people; their work began around 1915, and in 1926 a National Negro History Week was established by an organization today known as the Association for the study […]


Kevin D. Miller T’03,’08, Executive Director of Graduate Admissions

It is difficult for me to reflect on Black history at Drew without remembering the journey of one of my fathers in the ministry, the Rev. Dr. Shellie Sampson Jr., and his impact on those of us who followed him. Pastor Sampson, a two-time Theological School alum, who later went on to earn his PhD […]


Muthoni Githinji C’25

Muthoni Githinji C'25


Tami Navarro, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Pan-African Studies Program

Black History Month presents us with opportunity to both acknowledge the many important contributions made by the Black community and to envision a future in which we live more equitably. The recent social justice movements around police reform and Black life, for example, have made clear the importance of keeping conversations about race and racism […]


Kenneth Ngwa, Professor of Hebrew Bible

For me, Black history signifies the recognition and celebration of Black presence, creativity, and resilience across time and location. It also signifies a shared commitment to the moral, ethical, and structural work that makes democracy thinkable, concrete, and preservable. So, Black history is not about celebrating a single historical moment of Black creativity; or a […]


Eva Woolard C’26

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Drew Voices: Black History Month

A compilation of reflections from Drew students, alums, faculty, staff