Black History Month


Every February, we use this time to reflect and celebrate the great achievements of African Americans both locally and nationwide. For those who may not be familiar with the origins of this commemoration, Black History Month first began as Negro History Week and was started by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, in 1926 as a way to normalize celebrating the contributions of African Americans to American society. It was then nationally recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976 with a charge to, in his words,  “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Each year, the RCC Black History Month committee has selected a theme to center our programming on and this year, in addition to celebrating the art, literature, music, food, and social and political contributions of Black people, we are also pleased to contribute to the ongoing discussion about health and wellness as it impacts the African Diaspora.

We invite you to join us in the many conversations we will have about the Black community’s journey to mental, physical, and spiritual wellness throughout the decades, whether it’s attending one of the readings of Black literature during our African American Literature Read-In, or grabbing a snack and watching a screening on the history of Soul Food or The Black church, or burning some calories at the Fit Hop demonstration, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a student, faculty, or staff member.

Please check out our events and mark your calendars. We need everyone to get involved in the conversation and the celebration because Black History is American History.

Black History Month at RCC

2023 Black History Month Events

Upcoming Events

Chancellor's video
SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. speaks about his family and Black History Month

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and to recognize their role in the history of the United States. There are many Black American’s who have made significant contributions to Sports and Athletics. The Exercise and Human Performance department would like to recognize a few major contributors by presenting the following pamphlet highlighting some outstanding individual achievements.

2023 Black History Month
Planning Committee

Christina Merriweather

2023 Black History Month
Planning Committee

Dr. LaToya Blount
Monica Jackson
Ashari James
Javon Joslyn
Dr. David Lucander
Dr. Brian Merritt
Dr. Zenya Richardson
Dr. Fabiola Riobe
Melissa Roy
James Salvadon
Natalie Scott