Black History Month 365

BHM365 provides year-round programming with a special emphasis during Black History Month (BHM) in February. Programming in 2021 is cosponsored by several groups, including the Black Students Collective (BSC), Black MBA Students Association, the Ethnic Studies Program in the Department of Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Black Faculty and Staff Association, Alumnae of Color, We Are the Voices, and the Associated Students of Mills College.

BHM21 events are organized by a committee of students, faculty and staff. In 2021, we are looking forward to online events, as Mills College continues to observe the Bay Area's COVID-19 shelter-in-place order.

BHM21: Healing Through Community

Virtual Black Book List (all month)

Follow the Mills College Library @f.w.olinlibrary for book recommendations from the Mills' Black community.

BHM Cultural Menu
Wednesday. February 3, 2021 | time TBD

In lieu of our annual Founders dinner, the Tea Shop will serve a special meal for BHM.

BLM@School Panel: Cultivating Liberation, Justice, and Joy in Schools
Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 5:00–7:00 pm

Part of BLM at School week of action. The Mills College School of Education will host a panel discussion on building educational spaces that cultivate liberation, justice, and joy.

In Search of Our Black Queer Ancestors: A Conversation Between Historian-Journalist Channing Gerard Joseph and Susan Stryker
Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 5:00–7:00 pm

Trans Studies Speaker Series presents ln Search of Our Black Queer Ancestors, with Channing Gerard Joseph (lecturer, University of Southern California) and Susan Stryker. Professor Joseph discusses their work in recovering and reclaiming the histories and cultural contributions of queer Black Americans, particularly the queer community around William Dorsey Swann, a formerly enslaved Black man who was the first-documented drag queen. Joseph's research also explores the lives of Mary Jones/Peter Sewally, Frances Thompson, and other Black queer figures of the 19th century.

BHM21 Virtual Kick-Off Celebration: Healing Through Community 
Friday, February 5, 2021 | 6:00–7:00 pm

Please join our Mills College community as we kickoff our February programming for Black History Month with an opening welcome, libations, and a community creative soul line-dance led by Mills Professor LaTanya Tigner.

Head Wrap Workshop
Friday, February 12, 2021 | 7:00–8:00 pm

Learn about the history of head wraps and how to wrap or style Black hair. Meet Black business leaders in this work. Guest speaker: Iguehi James.

Trans is Black and Black is Trans?: C. Riley Snorton and Rod Fergusen in Conversation with Susan Stryker  
Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 5:00–6:30 pm

We Are the Voices and the Trans Studies Speaker Series present Yale Professor Roderick Ferguson and University of Chicago Professor C. Riley Snorton in conversation on Black queer and trans issues. Check back on January 18, 2021, for online event registration.

Virtual Movie Night: Sankofa
Saturday, February 20, 2021 | 3:00–5:30 pm

Join an engaged discussion with Sankofa actress Oyafunmike Ogunlanlo.

The Black Campus Movement at Mills College
Monday, February 22, 2021 | 6:00–8:00 pm

Panel discussion led by Mills Assistant Professor Wanda Watson on the Black experience at Mills from past to present. Guest lecturer, Lauren Araiza, associate professor of history, Denison University.

The Black Read Discussion Event
Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 6:00–7:30 pm

Book discussion on Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, led by Dean Ajuan Mance, professor of ethnic studies, and digital learning and curricular innovation.

The Black Venus
Monday, March 1, 2021 | 11:00 am–12:15 pm

A lecture by Associate Professor of History Robin Mitchell, California State University, Channel Islands, on The Black Venus, based on her book, Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France. Professor Mitchell will be joined in conversation by Mills Professor Brinda J. Mehta, Germaine Thompson Professor of French and Francophone Studies and women's, gender and sexuality Studies.  

Event times are subject to change. Questions? Email: