The University of Maine is recognizing February as Black History Month with a variety of fun, inspiring, and educational events.

On Friday, the University of Maine community began its month-long recognition of Black History Month by placing Black Lives Matter flags at key points around the campus, including in the Memorial Union, at the New Balance Student Recreation Center, and the Maine Bound Adventure Center. Events are planned throughout the month, hosted by the Black Student Union, in partnership with the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and Fogler Library, among others.

A few of the many events taking place during Black History Month include:

An Indoor Spring Triathlon for Social Change will be held at the New Balance Student Recreation Center. This will not be an organized event, but rather, students are invited to complete a 2-mile run, a 500-meter swim, and a 6-mile bike ride, over the course of the month. Scores will be announced online.

A Racial Justice Challenge is hosted online by the Fogler Library, and aims to help the community listen, learn, and take action regarding race, racism, and anti-racism.

The McGillicuddy Humanities Center is hosting three special events: including a discussion entitled 'The Double Standard: Protest Coverage and Racial Bias' on February 24th; 'Using Technology to Document Racial Violence: On Finding History We Don't Want to Remember' as part of Waldo Reads on February 25th; and 'Reckoning with New England's Complicity in the Slave Trade, on the same day.

Find a complete list of events on the University of Maine website.

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