Two important commemorations of African-American and Black history are coming up soon: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Jan. 17, recognizes the enduring impact of American Baptist minister and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout the month of February, we will celebrate Black History Month — a recognition of the importance and immeasurable achievements of the Black community. 

To help you engage with these meaningful recognitions throughout January and February, we’ve compiled virtual events at all UC campuses relating to contemporary and historic Black culture, as well as social justice. All events included below are free and accessible to all students, faculty, staff and alumni.

To add or edit a listing, contact

All listings reflect Pacific Time. Select the event title for more information and/or to register. Some links (if indicated) open a Zoom window.

January 2022 events

Guest Lecture: Sadie Barnette
Jan. 14, 1 – 2:30 p.m. | UC San Diego 

Terrance Hayes: A Reading and Conversation
Jan. 14, 12 – 2 p.m. | UC Irvine

Black Aesthetics: Interventions in Digital Media
Jan. 14, 2 – 3 p.m. | UC Irvine

Maryam Jamshidi: Political Accountability for Discrimination in National Security
Jan. 19, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | UC Davis

Virtual Healing Circle
Jan. 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m. | UC Davis Health

Global Identity in Film and Popular Culture
Jan. 20, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | UCLA

Growing as a Community: Racism as a Public Health Crisis
Jan. 20, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | UC Davis Health

2nd Annual UCLA Health MLK Jr. Health Justice Symposium
Jan 20, 5 p.m.| UCLA Health

Award-Winning Author Tiphanie Yanique, "Monster in the Middle"
Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m. | UC Irvine 

Ain't I a Woman: A Dialogue for Womxn and Femmes of Color on Being "Enough" as Leaders
Jan. 21, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | UC Davis

To Understand the Problem, You Must Understand the People: A Human-Centered Approach Towards Creating an Inclusion and Equitable Society
Jan. 21, 2 – 3 p.m. | UC Irvine

Tracy Thomas, "How to Not Break Your Soul in the Pursuit of Social Justice"
Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m. | UC Davis 

100 Years of Charles Mingus
Jan. 26, 5 – 7 p.m. | UC Irvine

A Conversation with Marlon James
Jan. 26, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | UC San Diego 

Teaching and Learning Abolition
Jan. 28, 12 p.m. | UC Riverside

Envisioning the convergence of the environmental and social justice movements: A dialogue with writer and wildlife biologist Dr. J Drew Lanham
Jan. 31, 5:30 – 7 p.m. | UC Santa Cruz 

February 2022 events

Dante King Book Launch — The 400 Year Holocaust: White America's Legal, Psychopathic, and Sociopathic Black Genocide and the Revolt Against Critical Race Theory
Feb. 1, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | UCSF

Racial Healing Circle
Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m. | UC Davis 

Discussing “How to Be an Antiracist”
Feb. 2, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | UC Davis Health

Conscious Conversation Series: Racism in Policing on Campus (Zoom Link)
Feb. 7, 6 p.m. | UC Santa Barbara

Everything but the Stage: Toward a Feminist Oral History Performance Praxis
Feb. 8, 12:30 – 2 p.m. | UC Riverside

Cal Black Alumni Association Speaker Series with Brandon Nicholson, Ph.D.
Feb. 9, 5 – 6 p.m. | UC Berkeley

Resilient Love: Radical Self Love as Transformative Activism
Feb. 15, 6 – 7 p.m. | UC Santa Barbara

Demanding Truth to Power as Spoken Word Poets, Activists and Healers
Feb. 15, 4 p.m. | UC Davis

Film Screening: Rafiki (Zoom link)
Feb. 16, 6 p.m. | UC Santa Barbara
Meeting ID: 929 3910 6309
Passcode: 933071

MCC's 9th Annual Social Justice Conference 2022: Revitalizing Community in a Changing World
Feb. 26 – 27, Time TBD | UC Santa Barbara