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Black History Month 

Honoring resilience and excellence
Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, began in 1926 when Harvard historian Carter G. Woodson and other members of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History chose the date to match both Frederick Douglass' and Abraham Lincoln's birthdays. Woodson argued "If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world" and urged visibility and study of the Black experience. In 1976, Black History Month was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford and has been recognized by every sitting president since. 
Every February, the Office of Multicultural Affairs as well as various student organizations and campus units host programs in recognition of Black History Month.

Nancy Randolph Davis Day

Feb. 1
Each February, OSU honors civil rights pioneer Nancy Randolph Davis. She was the first Black enrollee at OSU, and influenced the lives of thousands of students she taught over her 43 years of service. She was also the recipient of the OSU College of Education and Human Sciences’ Enhancing Human Lives Award and was inducted into OSU’s Greek Hall of Fame in 2012 and was posthumously inducted to the OSU Hall of Fame in 2018.
On October 23, 2020, the Oklahoma A&M Regents approved renaming of the Human Sciences and Human Sciences West buildings to Nancy Randolph Davis and Nancy Randolph Davis West, honoring her as the first African-American student to attend then Oklahoma A&M College.

Committed to our Black community

Student Resources

OSU is home to several African American student organizations which provide students the opportunity to lead, provide community service and promote cultural unity.

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Black Faculty & Staff

Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) serves as a resource for African-American faculty, staff, and students at OSU through the promotion of professional development, mentoring, networking, wellness, scholarships and programs that emphasize the legacy and traditions of the African-American community.

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