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Black History Month 2023


February marks Black History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of Black Americans in this country; a time to acknowledge the lasting achievements of the people of the African diaspora who have shaped American history; and a time to walk alongside today’s Black leaders as they lead the work to create a truly anti-racist, inclusive community for all.

At CCRI, we strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable college for all our community members. It is that commitment to inclusivity that drives us to continually reflect on our efforts to lead and serve in times of racial injustice, discrimination, and social inequities.  Our students, faculty, and staff understand that we, as individuals and as a collective group, must acknowledge and study our past to better understand our present, so that we can make progress toward a more just future.

This month and every month, let’s celebrate Black History with optimism for the future and continue to embrace the diversity that defines our college and our community. We encourage you to participate in the many events* taking place at our college with leading Black voices to recognize the work, culture, and history of Black people in Rhode Island and beyond.    

*Events added throughout the month. Please check back for additional events.  

Black History Month Scavenger Hunt
📅 February 1–February 28
📍 All campuses

Travel through history while you compete in a scavenger hunt highlighting Black Americans who helped shape civil rights, society, technology, innovation, music, literature, and so much more. Use the QR found on the flyers throughout each campus to submit your answers and become eligible for a prize.

Black History Trivia
📅 Tuesday, February 21
⏰ 11 am–12 pm
📍 Newport County Campus Atrium

Test your Black history knowledge while celebrating the contributions of Black Americans. Play solo or with friends. Have fun, enjoy snacks, and win prizes! 

The Importance of Black-owned Businesses in Rhode Island
Presented by the Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA)
📅 Thursday, February 23
⏰ 1–2 pm
📍 Warwick Campus (Room 4080)

Join us for a presentation and discussion on the importance of Black-owned businesses in Rhode Island led by Lisa Ranglin, President and CEO of RIBBA.

 Alumni After Hours: Celebrating Black History Month
📅 Thursday, February 23
⏰ 5:30–6:30 pm
📍 Virtual presentation 

Join alumni speakers Yvette Ford ’05, Senior Regulatory Clinical Consultant at Blue Cross Blue Shield; Colonel Anthony Roberson ’95, Chief of Police, Central Falls Police Department; and Jean Nsabumuremyi  ’09, Director, Multicultural Student Services Center at URI to hear how they achieved their goals, continued their educations and careers, and how they are serving our community now. Register online