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Black History Month

Fresno State will celebrate Black History Month in February with a variety of scheduled events for students, faculty, staff and the general public.

Schedule of events



Super Saturday

This year's event will target African American middle school, high school and community college students from across the Central Valley. Students will be engaged about their preparation for post-secondary education, receive inspirational messages, and be invited to the Super Saturday Tailgate Experience including Fresno State Homecoming Football game!

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Turn-Up Tuesday Fury Takeover

This event provides resources and information to students on all African American-related events/resources. The Throwback edition this day will feature BHM Trivia and Black Jeopardy.


This event is hosted by the Fresno State NAACP, the Black Excellence Gala serves as a cornerstone event in celebrating the achievements of Black students on campus. This event provides a platform to recognize outstanding contributions in community service, academics, and various other accomplishments within our vibrant community.

Brunch and Network

Brunch and Network is hosted by Black Student Success InitiativeCross Cultural and Gender CenterAfrican American Alumni Club, and Career Development Center to connect students with local business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals to enhance their network. 

Black Fly Market

Presented by the Black Student Success Initiative, the Cross Cultural and Gender Center’s African American Programs and Services and the Career Development Center. Local small businesses and vendors will promote and sell their handcrafted goods and products on campus. There will be food, personalized merchandise and cultural products.

Care Day

Our students will be giving back on Saturday, February 17th, 2024 by distributing self care bags to the unhoused in the surrounding area. Please join us in giving back by volunteering your time on that day. We look forward to partnering through service with you!

Paint-N-Dip Workshop

Instructed by Audia Yvonne Dixon. This event is geared toward providing an environment that encourages creativity through painting.

Love is in the Air

This event is in partnership between Black Student Success Initiative, African American Programs & Services, and Off Campus Student Life. In celebration of Black History Month and Valentine's Day, we are providing cultural treats that are exemplary of Black history and creativity.

Allensworth Trip

Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park: Embracing Our Shared Stories

Students will have the opportunity to visit Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Allensworth is an unincorporated community in Tulare County, California. Established by Allen Allensworth in 1908, the town was the first in California to be founded, financed, and governed by African-Americans.

Natural Hair Night

Sistah to Sistah's Natural Hair Night is hosted by the Black Student Success Initiative to celebrate and honor the cultural significance of natural hair in the Black community.

Black Grad

Black Grad happens every year in May during commencement season. Black Grad is open to any student wishing to participate in the affinity ceremony celebrating the culture of educational achievement among Black/African American/African/Black Diaspora. Registration is required in order to be a part of the ceremony, to receive graduation regalia, and to have your photo in the program.
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Welcome Black

Welcome Black is an annual social reception for new and returning students, faculty, and staff of Black African Heritage. This gathering is geared towards networking and sharing on campus resources. This event typically usually takes place within the first two or three weeks of the fall academic semester.Read more
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San Joaquin Valley Black Expo

The SJV Black Expo will highlight curated virtual and on-site workshops, panel discussions, live performances, vendor booths, and youth scholarships, as well as praise and worship “opportunities”. Full event details