Black History Month 2021

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is eager to share upcoming events to honor and celebrate Black History Month 2021.

We are thrilled to be collaborating across the campus — including events co-hosted with our partners at BJC — to provide meaningful programming that amplifies experiences that are not always included or known in American culture.

In addition to the programming below, we encourage you to learn more about Carter G. Woodson and the origins of Black History Month. We honor Woodson’s tireless efforts to be intentional in combatting racist stereotypes by acknowledging the often unacknowledged contributions of African Americans.

February 12 – 16

“Black Men in White Coats” Online Film Screening
Sponsored by BJC and Washington University School of Medicine
Enjoy free access to this documentary that dissects the systemic barriers preventing black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large. You’ll register for a passcode that grants access to view the film from Feb. 12 through Feb. 16. Also, consider joining a panel discussion and Q&A with the film’s producer Feb. 15.

Monday, February 15

“Black Men in White Coats” Panel Discussion and Q&A with Film Producer Dale Okorodudu, MD
3 – 5 p.m.
Sponsored by BJC and Washington University School of Medicine
Join an online panel discussion featuring Black men in a variety of roles across BJC and WUSM, and a Q&A session with the Black Men in White Coats initiative founder and documentary executive producer, Dale Okorodudu, MD. This live event will focus on the “Black Men in White Coats” documentary and the common experiences of Black men working in health care.

Wednesday, February 17

Perspectives: Black History Being Made Right Now!
12 – 1 p.m.
Hosted by Washington University School of Medicine
This discussion will focus on celebrating some of the amazing Black History being made today. We will highlight national and local Black leaders who are championing positive chance and making the kind of history we all need to learn.

Wednesday, February 24

Presentation and Panel Discussion: Care and Treatment of Black Boys with Kevin Simon, MD
4:30 – 6 p.m.
Hosted by Washington University School of Medicine; BJC community welcome
Kevin Simon, MD, an adolescent psychiatrist, recently wrote an important article regarding the care and treatment of Black Boys in America. This event will begin with a presentation from Dr. Simon and include a panel discussion with experts from Washington University. This event is hosted by the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry in collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Washington University Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Equity, the Department of African and African-American Studies, and the Department of Anthropology.