Black Legacy Month 2023

Black Legacy Month (BLM) is the celebration and recognition of Black culture at Dartmouth College, dedicated to the education, awareness, and commemoration of Black heritage and people.



*The Black Legacy Month 2023 Logo for "Black Joy" was designed by student, Mikala Uter '23. *


Black Legacy Month (BLM) is a time in which the entire Dartmouth community comes together to celebrate and recognize the triumphs, struggles, and excellence of Blackness at Dartmouth.

This year, BLM 2023 centers Black joy and the "Blacknificent" genius and power of Blackness. Black joy is the appreciation and embracement of Blackness in all of its authenticity and richness, which is essential to fostering happiness and reflection within the Black community. Joy is an alleviating sentiment of prosperity and happiness that highlights the uncensored bliss and optimism within the Black community that encompasses the mind, body and soul. It is a choice to center joy in the midst of adversity because that is not something that can be taken away.


What does Black Joy mean to you?

Check out this year's Black Joy video compilation as students across campus reflect on what Black Joy means to them. 





Please see below for additional event details......



Opening Ceremony
Thursday, February, 2, 2023 at 6PM
Collis Common Ground 

Register here via Dartmouth Groups: 

It's the first day of Black Legacy Month! Come take a look at all we have stored for the month, eat some Maple Street Catering, get merchandise, win free raffle prizes, and watch performances and presentations from the various Black Student organizations at Dartmouth!

Co-presented by the Pi Theta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Xi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc,, Black Praxis, Morning Glory, Black Underground Theatre Association (BUTA), Dartmouth Black Student Athlete Alliance (DBSAA), Men of Color Alliance (MoCA), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Dartmouth African Students Association (DASA), South House, Soyeya African Dance Troupe, and Black Girls are Magic (BGAM)



DBSAA Field Day
Saturday, February 4th, 2023 at 4:30PM
Indoor Practice Facility 

Presented by Dartmouth Black Student Athlete Alliance (DBSAA)



Black Hair Care
Sunday, February 5th, 2023 at 2-4PM 
Shabazz Basement

The first part of the event is a moderated discussion on texturism, a form of discrimination that primarily affects people of African descent. The second half will be led by a local, professional hairstylist and a student who will teach participants how to protect and style various types of Black hair. This will be a hands-on activity with student volunteers that participants can practice on. This is important because of the lack of hair care options available for students in the Upper Valley. 

Co-presented by the Xi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Black Girls are Magic (BGAM), South House, and the Theta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 



Women's & Men's Forum
Monday, February 6th, 2023 at 6:30PM

To hold a space where Black women can come together and talk about their experiences at Dartmouth. A panel will share where they have found community and support throughout their time at Dartmouth. 
To hold space where men and masculine identifying members of our community can come together and discuss issues related to their experiences both at Dartmouth and outside of Dartmouth.

Note: This event is specifically tailored to members of the Black and Pan-African community.

Co-presented by Men of Color Alliance (MoCA) and the Theta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  




Black Queer Joy 
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023 Triangle House (Tri-Ho) 

Join us at Triangle House on Wednesday, February 8th at 5:30 pm for a workshop with Vanessa Miller as part of Black Legacy Month.
Vanessa B. Miller, LMSW will lead a 1.5-2 hour creative wellness workshop where participants will create their own wire wrapped jewelry and discuss themes around Black Joy. Vanessa is a licensed clinician working with LGBTQ communities and celebrated metalsmith at BQMNY.
This is an affinity space for students of color, centering Black and LGBTQIA+ experiences. The event space is wheelchair accessible and has single, gender neutral bathrooms. If you RSVP and cannot attend or have any questions, please email

Co-presented by the Office of Pluralism & Leadership LGBTQIA+Student Advising Area




Game Night
Friday, February 10th, 2023 at 6PM

This will be a stress-busting game night event with popular games like Uno, spades, dominos and monopoly. Attendees can learn how to play spades and dominoes which are games of significance within the African diaspora. There will be light refreshments.




Superbowl Watch Party
Sunday, February 12th, 2023

Presented by Men of Color Alliance (MoCA) & Black Girls are Magic (BGAM)


Critical Dialogues: Black Student Experience
Monday, February 13th, 2023
Baker Library 102 

*Note: This event is for faculty and staff only. 

Presented by Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) 




Black Joy Fellowship 
Wednesday, February 15th, 2023 | 6:30PM
Carpenter Hall 013

As Black students at a small and predominantly white institution, it can be difficult to find ways to uplift our spirits in a way that also strengthens the bonds between each other. This is especially true in the winter when the sun sets much earlier, it is typically too cold to spend substantial time outside, and seasonal depression takes hold. This Black Joy Fellowship event would provide a space for Black students to come together and enjoy being in each other's presence while engaging in activities and conversations surrounding Black Joy, thus improving students' moods.

Presented by the Pi Theta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.




Hood Pop-Up Exhibition
Thursday, February 16th, 2023
The Hood Museum 

Presented by the Hood Museum


Black Caucus Happy Hour 
Thursday, February 16th, 2023
Sawtooth Kitchen 

*Note: This event is for faculty and staff only. 

Presented by the Black Caucus ERN and Empowering Women of Color (EWOC) ERN





Artist Talk: Darryl DeAngelo
Friday, February 17th, 2023
Gilman Auditorium 

Presented by the Hood Museum




Artist Dinner 
Friday, February 17th, 2023 | 5:30-6:30pm
Triangle House 

RSVP for dinner here!

Join us at Triangle House on Friday, February 17th from 5:30-6:30pm for a dinner with visiting artist Darryl DeAngelo Terrell as part of Black Legacy Month.
We will have a communal meal with some facilitated discussion with Associate Curator of Photography Alisa Swindell (she/they). This event is open to all students, but space is limited. If you RSVP but cannot attend, please let us know by emailing Ange at so others can be offered the space.

About the artist: Darryl DeAngelo Terrell (they/them) primarily works within lens-based media, performance, and writing. From Detroit, they are also a Curator, DJ, Organizer, and Educator. They work under the philosophy of F.U.B.U (This Shit Is For Us*) and are always thinking about how their work can aid to a larger conversation about blackness, and its many intersectionalities. Their work explores the displacement of black and brown people, femme identity, and strength, the black family structure, sexuality, gender, safe spaces for all black bodies, and personal stories, all while keeping in mind the accessibility of art. 





Talent Show 
Friday, February 17th, 2023 | 7-8:30PM
One Wheelock 

Want to share your talent? Sign up here!


In keeping with the theme of Black joy, a talent show provides the perfect way for students to destress. Students will share and respond to their peers' talents, which will strengthen the bonds in the community. In addition to building confidence, participants will also have the chance to win prizes!

Co-presented by the Theta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.




Blooming Where We Are Planted: Islam and the Flourishing of Black Life in America 
Saturday, February 18th, 2023 | 1:00PM

Co-presented by the William Jewett Tucker Center & Visibility




Black Brunch 
Sunday, February 19th, 2023 | 12:00PM
The Onion 

The main components of this event include a Brunch (1st half), and fashion show (second half) which will take place simultaneously. Catering for this event will be provided by Maple Street. This event will serve to represent different cultures and traditions within the Black diaspora at Dartmouth. For the fashion, various cultural attire across the Black community will be showcased.

Co-presented by Black Praxis, North Park House & South House 





Professional Development Workshop 
Tuesday, February 21st, 2023
Collis Center

Sign up for a Mock Interview slot here!

An opportunity for students to participate in professional development opportunities including mock interviews, cover letters & resume review and free headshots. This event will involve staff members from across campus helping to conduct interviews.

Co-presented by the Center for Professional Development (CPD), Black Caucus, NAACP, Sadie Alexander Association (SAA), Dartmouth Minority Pre-Law Association (DMPLA), Minorities Association for Pre-Health Students (MAPS), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Academic Skills Center (ASC), Tuck School of Business, Student Wellness Center (SWC), Title IX Office, and the Geisel School of Medicine


Sunday, February 26th, 2023
Shabazz Mural Room 

Presented by Black Students Association at Tuck (BSAT)





Closing Keynote: Black Joy in the Media 

Monday, February 27th, 2023
Cook Auditorium, Murdough 

This event entails a keynote speaker who fits within the theme of Black joy--this year's keynote speaker is DeWanda Wise.

Wise made her blockbuster debut this Summer starring as Kayla Watts in "Jurassic World Dominion," followed by the highly anticipated Showtime adaptation of Lisa Taddeo's NY Times Bestseller "Three Women" coming 2023. Addition credits include her first leading role in ABC's "Firelight," her breakout role as Nola Darling in the Netflix adaption of "She's Gotta Have It," hit comedy "Someone Great" by Jenn Kaytin Robinson, and playing Swan opposite Kevin Hart in the Sony/Netflix film "Fatherhood" among others. Select stage credits include Atlantic Theater Company's "Fireflies," originating the roles of 'Nina' in Dominique Morisseau's "Sunset Baby," and 'Mercy' in "Flight," directed by Liesl Tommy, David Mamet's "Race," and "In the Continuum." An Ambassador for NAMI, DeWanda is committed to reducing mental health stigma, and systemic change towards accessible care for all.

Co-presented by Tuck School of Business, Special Programs and Events Committee (SPEC), and Visibility  

Animation of BLM 2023 Logo by LaDarius Dennison (Office of Communications)




  • Co-Chair: Laura Logan '22
  • Co-Chair: Sarrah-Ann Allen '23
  • Co-Chair: Rawan Hashim '26
  • Djemila Compaore '23
  • Hermilla Fewntaw '23
  • Shania Smith '23
  • Khadijah Bell '24
  • Anthony Fosu '24
  • Vachon Raye '24
  • Joey Richmond Jr. '24
  • Satchel Williams '24
  • Kiosha Fowlkes '25
  • Alexisius Jones Jr. '25
  • Isaiah Golonka '25
  • Chukwuka Odigbo '25
  • Lutala Yolou '25
  • Hawa Tabayi '26

Advisor: Zantasia Johnson, OPAL


Black Legacy Month 2023 co-sponsors and collaborators are: The Office of Pluralism and Leadership, Special Programming and Events Committee, Tuck School of Business, Academic Skills Center, African and African American Studies, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Xi Lambda Chapter, Black Caucus, Black Girls Are Magic, Black Praxis, Black Underground Theater and Arts Association, Center for Professional Development, Dartmouth African Student Association, Dartmouth Alliance for Children of Color, Dartmouth Black Student Athlete Association, Dartmouth Conferences and Special Events, Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Pi Theta Chapter, Department of Government, Department of Philosophy, Division of Student Affairs, Institutional Diversity & Equity, Leslie Center for the Humanities, Men of Color Alliance, Morning Glory, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, North Park House, National Society of Black Engineers, Shabazz Living Learning Community, South House, Soyeya African Dance Troupe, Student Wellness Center, the Hood Museum, and the Tucker Center for Ethical and Spiritual Life