FAU Students Host Events in Honor of Black History Month

An FAU student smiles while studying on campus.

Florida Atlantic University student groups will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events throughout the entire month of February. (Photo by Alex Dolce)

By jonathan fraysure | 2/1/2024

Florida Atlantic University student groups will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events throughout the entire month of February. Each year, FAU students observe National Black History Month by celebrating the history and contributions of its African American/Black Diaspora communities.

“African Americans and the Arts” represents this year’s tribute to the rich and transformative contributions of the Black community to the world of arts and culture. This theme serves as a canvas to showcase the brilliance, creativity and resilience of African American artists across various disciplines, including visual arts, music, literature, dance and theater. The events are open to FAU students, faculty, staff and the public.

The following events will take place at the FAU Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road:

Black History Month BBQ
Thursday, Feb. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. 
Housing Lawn/BBQ Pits


To kick off Black History Month, a celebration on the housing lawn with food will take place. All FAU students and organizations are welcome to attend.


Black Excellence Dinner
Friday, Feb. 2, doors open at 6 p.m. 
Grand Palms, Student Union


The Governor’s Administrative Cabinet of FAU’s Student Government will host a night of celebration and recognition of exceptional student leaders, spotlighting the impact that they have on the local community.


Fifth Annual Know Your RootΣ
Monday, Feb. 5, beginning at 7:22 p.m.
Majestic Palm, Student Union

Know Your RootΣ is an event where one can learn more about African American roots, view tabling from hair businesses, and receive a gift. A free hairstyle also will be given away.


NAACP Career Readiness
Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.
General Classroom South


Join the NAACP as members of the group discuss ways attendees can become ready for their desired career path.


NAACP Black is Beauty General Body Meeting 
Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
General Classroom South


The NAACP will host a gathering focused on the celebration of the beauty, strength and resilience of the Black community, while it fosters unity and promotes empowerment through discussions, cultural appreciation and collaboration.


Second Annual World of AfroNations
Monday, Feb. 7, beginning at 6:13 p.m. 
Student Union


This event has been created by Xi Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to bring international awareness of Africa and the beautiful culture and traditions which have stemmed from the continent by showcasing the country's educational school systems, the foundation of government, traditions, clothing, family values, staple food dishes, musical instruments, etc.


Black History Month General Body Meeting 
Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Live Oak A-C, Student Union


Join the Black Faculty and Staff Affinity Group and the Black Alumni Network for the second general body meeting of the semester.


NAACP Panel/Ted Talk
Friday, Feb. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Palms, Student Union


The enlightening NAACP Panel/Ted Talk will feature industry leaders and visionaries sharing insights, experiences and innovative ideas that shape the entrepreneurial landscape. Gain inspiration, knowledge and connect with like-minded founders in this dynamic event celebrating the spirit of innovation during Founders Week. Don't miss out on the conversation that fuels the future of entrepreneurship.


Soulful Roots: NAACP Founder’s Day BBQ Bash
Monday, Feb. 12 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Housing Lawn/BBQ Pits


Savor the flavor of history at the “Soulful Roots: NAACP Founders Day BBQ Bash,” a day of celebration, unity and community, paying homage to the founders of the NAACP. Indulge in delectable barbecue, soak in the lively atmosphere, and embrace the soulful vibes as the rich legacy of those who paved the way for justice and equality is commemorated. It’s a time to connect, enjoy good food, and honor the roots that ground us in the pursuit of a better future.


The Melanin Experience
Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Student Union


Support local Black-owned businesses with a rendition of the Melanin Market and Black Dollar Expo, featuring Fashion Forward and modeling of Black-owned businesses' products.


Thee Hair Show
Monday, Feb. 19 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Live Oak B-C, Student Union

Get ready to witness a dazzling display of creativity, style and sheer glamour at the most anticipated event of the year – an unforgettable evening celebrating the artistry and innovation in the world of hair, beauty and fashion.


Mr., Ms., Mx., BSU Pageant
Friday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Live Oak, Student Union

The Black Student Union presents its second annual pageant that will crown the next BSU titles.


The following events will take place at the John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter:

Rhythms and Reverie  
Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.


Listen to the evolution of music created and inspired by Black artists as part of Black History Month with Jupiter Multicultural Programming.


Celebrating Black Artists
Friday, Feb. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Burrow


Crafting with a Cause and Jupiter Black Student Union will host a night of painting in styles reminiscent of influential and well-known Black artists.


The following events will take place online or at various locations throughout the community:

Black History Month Takeover Brunch
Sunday, Feb. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location TBA (Check @FAU_BSU on Instagram)


The Black Student Union will host a takeover brunch in Fort Lauderdale. A dress code will be enforced, so come according to the theme that will soon be announced.


Rep Day
Monday, Feb. 5, all day


Represent a Black organization on social media by using the hashtag #FAURepDay.


Black Student Union Fundraiser 
Wednesday, Feb. 7 through Saturday, Feb. 10
Online (Check @FAU_BSU on Instagram)


Help raise money for the Black Student Union by purchasing bags of popcorn or simply donating to the cause. All popcorn purchased will be shipped directly to the buyer.


NAACP Community Service Event
Saturday, Feb. 10
Location and time TBA (Check @naacp_fau on Instagram)


A community service event will take place at a location to be announced via Instagram. For information, contact Darius Galloway, FAU NAACP president, or Clinton Forbes, vice president, at fau.naacp@gmail.com.


BSU Car Wash
Saturday, Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Valero Gas Station, 199 NW 20th St., Boca Raton


The Black Student Union will host a car wash to raise funds for its organization. Donations will also be accepted.