Bluefield State University has several events planned to recognize Black History Month 2023. For further information, please contact Jacob Laney

In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History launched the first Negro History Week. This event later evolved into Black History Month, first recognized nationally by President Gerald Ford as part of the country's bicentennial celebration. Today, Woodson is known as the "Father of Black History" and the "Father of Black History Month."

Black History Trivia Night

Location: Student Center    
Date & Time: Thursday, February 1, 2024 (7pm)


Join us at the MEC and test your knowledge of black history.

Film Screening: "Green Book"

Location: Bluefield Granada Theater    
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (Pending Times)


The City of Bluefield will present a complimentary screening of "The Green Book", accompanied by a pre-film discussion focusing on Hotel Thelma and Travelers Hotel, both highlighted in "The Green Book." Attendees will have the opportunity to delve into the historical significance of the Green Book and its profound impact on the daily lives of African Americans during the Jim Crow era.

BHM Art Show & Scavenger Hunt

Location: Hebert Gallery    
Date & Time: Friday, February 9, 2024 (7pm)


Cries from a darker brother is a visual art exhibit that will highlight African American male leaders, who contributed to history from civil rights to current times. In todays current social climate we see more and more inequality still exists. Even more it shows the need to unite and learn from the people before us, around us. Positive mental health for males is important and art and provide and space for them to themselves freely.

This exhibit will feature 8 highlighted figures along with insight/ fun facts on African American history and time periods. The exhibit will be interactive. Starting with the scavenger hunt upon arrival, silent auction and interview corner (set up allowing students or attendees to share thoughts on black history month what does it mean to them) We will also feature 2 poets.

Food would be served to all paying guest. (Can do food ticket that can be collected at beginning of the line)

Dress code: business casual or formal

(this event will be open to the campus community as well as the Bluefield community)

Cries from a Darker Brother Part 2

Location: Hebert Gallery    
Date & Time: Saturday, February 10, 2024 (12pm - 2pm)


Second day will be a panel where students can ask questions, share perspectives in a calm safe space with peers and leaders of the community. This event will provide students with understanding, enlightenment and encouragement. We will also do a few team building exercises.

The Woman King film showing

Location: Bluefield Granada Theater    
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 (7:30pm)


This movie is based on a true events. It’s a recent film with Viola Davis, and very powerful. Everyone is welcome. It is rated PG-13, so not meant for children in the community. We have a sponsor in the community, Derrick Flack, who will be covering our rental costs. We will pay for some concessions snacks for BSU students, but all are welcome to come out.

(this event will be open to the campus community as well as the Bluefield community)

Hamilton Hatter Scholarship Dinner

Location: Fincastle    
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 (6pm)


The Hamilton Hatter Scholarship Dinner annually recognizes and remembers the co-founder of Bluefield State. Students receiving scholarships and a keynote speaker will be on the program of this annual campus tradition. Attendees can purchase tickets for this year’s Dinner to be held at the Fincastle Country Club and all are welcome!


Film Screening: “Black Kklansman”

Location: Bluefield Granada Theater    
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 21, 2024


The City of Bluefield will present a second free public screening of the Spike Lee film, "The Black Klansman." This narrative revolves around an African American police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs, CO, during the 1970s and successfully brought them to justice.

City of Bluefield Inaugural Black History Month Luncheon

Location: Clover Club    
Date & Time: Thursday, February 29, 2024 (12pm - 2pm)


The City of Bluefield is set to host its inaugural luncheon on February 29, 2024, from 12-2 at the Clover Club. Attendees can anticipate the display of projects by student winners of the Black History Month contest, enjoy a musical selection featuring an African American hymn, and witness the Beta Lambda Omega Chapter of AKA receiving the Community Engagement Award for their commendable work in Bluefield and greater Mercer County. Catering for the event will be provided by Chef Ke, an African American culinary chef based in Charleston, WV.

Reservations are now full. Thank you for your support!

Thank you for joining us in celebrating Black History Month!

Banner Display

Location: City of Bluefield    
Date & Time: January 31-Ending March 1


In its inaugural year, the city of Bluefield will embellish our city center with 30 banners celebrating and honoring local and national African American trailblazers who have left a lasting impact on Bluefield and beyond. Alongside the banners, these individuals will be showcased on the city's website, and each day throughout Black History Month, they will be recognized on the City of Bluefield's Facebook page with a daily African American fact, ensuring their contributions are acknowledged and celebrated.