Black History Month at Bemidji State University

Bemidji State University is joining communities across the nation to honor and celebrate the history and accomplishments of African Americans throughout this Black History Month.

“It’s important to celebrate Black History Month because it helps us to know that all of our history isn’t painful,” said associate professor of business and newly-elected Bemidji School Board member Dr. Gabriel Warren.

“We get a chance to highlight the amazing people who have helped move our country forward, which inspires future generations to recognize that they too are making Black history by the way they live their lives.”

Upcoming Black History Month Events:

To impart knowledge and inspire critical thinking across campus, faculty in Bemidji State’s Department of Psychology recently compiled a list of resources that encourages audiences to challenge racist beliefs and policies by learning about white supremacy and antiracism.

Suggested Black/African American movies

  • “13th” (2016) available on Netflix.
  • “Atlanta” (2016) available on Hulu.
  • “Black Panther” (2018) available on Hulu.
  • “Do the Right Thing” (1989).
  • “For Colored Girls” (2010) available on Netflix.
  • “Get Out” (2017).
  • “Greenleaf” (2016) available on Netflix.
  • “Precious” (2009).
  • “Moonlight” (2016) available on Netflix.
  • “When They See Us” (2019) available on Netflix.

Suggested websites that focus on experiences of Black, Indigenous and people of color:

Suggested written resources:

  • “A Black Woman’s History of the United States” by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross.
  • “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi.
  • “Me and White Supremacy“ by Layla F. Saad.
  • “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander.
  • “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo.
  • “White Like Me: Reflections of Race from a Privileged Son” by Tim Wise
  • “What does it mean to be White: Developing White Racial Literacy” by Robin DiAngelo
  • “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Race” by Robin DiAngelo.
  • “Waking Up White and Finding Myself in a Story of Race” by Debra Irving.

Suggested resources for those personally impacted by injustice:


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