Black Awareness Month

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Black Awareness Month, derived from the commonly known term Black History Month, strives to engage the entire UM community in the identification, promotion, and support of Black students, their history, and the cultures which they represent. Hundreds of students attend and participate in BAM activities year after year.

This February, our vision is to connect the student body on a deeper level by encouraging meaningful conversations, and emphasizing the recognition of student experiences on our campus. We strive to promote a welcoming environment for students to celebrate their diversity.

About Black Awarenss Month

Black Awareness Month (BAM) is coordinated by United Black Students (UBS) and is chaired by the 2nd Vice President of UBS. The month is filled with a variety of special events that commemorate the extraordinary historical achievements and contributions of the African Diaspora. Black History Month began as "Negro History Week," which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. 

BAM Schedule of Events 2023

This upcoming Black Awareness Month, we are hosting some of our well-known annual events such as the Opening Ceremonies, Service Day, and Church Service. We are also pursuing unique partnerships with several other student organizations that support the Black community. Our goal is to reach all corners of campus to educate and provide resources to the entire student body.

Event Title
Women's Basketball Game | Celebration of Black Culture
February 16
6 p.m. 
Watsco Center
Men's Basketball Game | Celebration of Black Culture
February 18
2 p.m.
Watsco Center
Music & Dance Around the World
February 20
6 p.m. 
Grand Ballroom East
Real Talk w/ Unity Center for Global Black Studies
February 23
6 p.m.
Global Black Studies
Merrick 305/306
February 24
11 a.m.
Black Alumni Society
Lakeside Auditorium
Day of Service
February 25
10 a.m. 
BAM/Butler Center
Lakeside Canopy
Church Service
February 26
10 a.m.
Storm Surge
NPHC Council | Black Table Talk
March 15
6 p.m.
Mahoney Classroom

If you are interested in being a part of the committee and would like to help plan one of the events, or you would like information on becoming a sponsor, please contact BAM and/or MSA at or

Hosting an event during Black Awareness Month?

If you are a member of the UM community and have events celebrating Black Awareness Month, please complete this survey form below to have your events added to the BAM calendar.  

Event Submission Form