Celebrating Black Legacy Month at Fletcher


Conversations about History, Heritage, and Hope

Celebrated every February, Black Legacy Month is a recognition of the struggles, successes, and remarkable contributions of Black Americans throughout history.

Here at The Fletcher School, we join Tufts in celebrating Black Legacy Month—paying tribute to the legacy of Black achievement in the context of injustices past and present, and shining a light on the inspirational moments that define what it means to be Black in America.

This year, we invited members of the Fletcher community to share their Black Legacy Month reflections. Visit the links below to read their stories and learn about events taking place this month. 

Black Legacy Month Spotlight

Black Legacy Month Events at Fletcher

"We Don't Have Much Time:" Raising Consciousness and Building the Future Now


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Breed Memorial Hall Join the Africana Center, Tisch College of Civic Life, and the University Chaplaincy for the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration. This year’s theme, "We Don't Have Much Time:" Raising Consciousness and Building the Future Now, is inspired by a series of lectures that King offered in 1968 that were published as a book.

Kofi Annan and Global Leadership



UMass Boston Join Fletcher School Professor of the Practice Abiodun Williams for his keynote address in the Black History in Africa Speaker Series, hosted by the Africa Scholars Forum at UMass Boston.

The American Diplomat Film Screening & Panel


5:30pm– 7:30pm

Cabot 703 Following a screening of "The American Diplomat,">a panel discussion will be held with director Leola Calzolai-Stewart F00 and filmmaker Dr. Michael Krenn, professor at Appalachian State University and author of Black Diplomacy: African Americans and the State Department, 1945-1969.

The Link Between Black Liberation Movements


12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Isobe Room In honor of Black Legacy Month, the Ralph Bunche Society and the Fletcher Africana Club are hosting a conversation with Professor Chidi A. Odinkalu, on 20th-Century liberation movements across Africa and its diaspora. The discussion will explore questions relating to how these movements mobilized and organized within and outside Africa; their modes of operation; their different approaches to liberation struggles; and their challenges and successes.