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Black History Month

Join our MSJC students, staff, and faculty in honor and recognition of the history and achievements of Black and African Americans.

Throughout the month of February, Umoja, A2Mend, Sankofa, Ujima, C-BLACC, and others will host events highlighting the heritage, culture, and irrefutable influence black history has had in shaping and influencing our nation.

Please join us in celebration and unity, all are welcome!

Black History Month Spotlight:

Mary Eliza Church Terrell, née Mary Eliza Church, (born Sept. 23, 1863, Memphis, Tenn., U.S.—died July 24, 1954, Annapolis, Md.), American social activist who was cofounder and first president of the National Association of Colored Women. She was an early civil rights advocate, an educator, an author, and a lecturer on woman suffrage and rights for African Americans.

An early advocate of women’s rights, Terrell was an active member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, addressing in particular the concerns of black women. In 1896 she became the first president of the newly formed National Association of Colored Women, an organization that under her leadership worked to achieve educational and social reform and an end to discriminatory practices.

Appointed to the District of Columbia Board of Education in 1895, Terrell was the first black woman to hold such a position. At the suggestion of W.E.B. Du Bois, she was made a charter member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and in 1949 she gained entrance to the Washington chapter of the American Association of University Women, bringing to an end its policy of excluding blacks.