Celebrating Black History Month 2021 at Reese Library

Reese Library is celebrating Black History Month this year, 2021, via a hybrid mix of virtual and in-person activities. Explore what we have going on!

By Josette Kubicki and Aspasia Luster

In recent years, Reese Library on Summerville campus has held events in the library and campus to celebrate Black History Month. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black History Month 2021 team created a hybrid mix of activities for students, faculty, and staff to enjoy safely, besides an old favorite tradition, as seen in the flyer below.

Black History Month 2021 flyer. Select it to view it larger in a new screen.

Poster Exhibit

We enjoyed creating posters on notable African Americans, movements, and events. Check out our exhibit on in the Reese Library lobby on the first floor.

Cannot drop by? You can view them on our Black History Month @ Reese Research Guide > BHM 2021 page. In the guide, they are from the oldest African American person or movement to the most recent.

A couple of students viewing the poster exhibit in the Reese Library lobby

Videos on Afrofuturism and HBCUs

Reference and Instruction Librarian, Thomas Weeks, has a conversation with Dr. Seretha Williams, Interim Chair of the English & World Languages department, on Afrofuturism.

Marshall Abuwi, Adjunct Professor and Reese Library Reference Assistant, facilitates a panel on HBCUs, History of Higher Education in the African American Community, focusing on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The panelists include Augusta University’s Dr. John Hayes, a historian of the late 19th-20th century US South, from the Department of History, Anthropology, & Philosophy, and Jeffrey Jones, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Humanities at Paine College.

Find the videos on the BHM 2021 page on the Black History Month @ Reese Library Guide and the University Libraries YouTube Playlist at:

Or, follow the University Libraries on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to view these videos!

In-Person screening event! Free food for students! 12 – 1 PM on 2/23

We are hosting a socially-distanced screening event from 12 – 1 PM on Tuesday, February 23rd, in the JSAC Ballroom of the Afrofuturism: A Conversation with Dr. Seretha Williams video. Students that attend will get a free boxed lunch courtesy of Multicultural Student & Engagement! 

Can’t make the screening event? No worries, as mentioned above, this video is on the Black History Month @ Reese Library Guide > BHM 2021 page and the University Libraries YouTube Playlist and will be shared to the University Libraries social media channels.

Book Displays

Book display on African American authors from Georgia

We undertook our usual favorite tradition of compiling a couple of book displays on Black history topics, available for viewing in the Reese Library lobby. 

One is on African American authors from Georgia, from well-known authors to up and coming ones. The other is an overview of the fight for freedom, equality, and justice, from slavery rebellions and the abolition movement to Black Lives Matter.


If you have any inquiries about our Black History Month 2021 programming, please contact David Kearns at dkearns@augusta.edu or phone Reese Library at (706) 737-1744.