SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah is hosting a variety of events in celebration of Black History Month.
"Black History is part of American history and, again, just understanding the fact that Black people have been brought over here but we have been here before the nation's founding, before even, the nation, before we gained our independence on that fateful day," said Black Cultural Center director Meligha Garfield.
The events include guest lectures, open discussions and an art exhibition called "Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem." The exhibition, which is on display at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, features more than 100 works created by nearly 80 artists over the last century.
"We want to make sure that Black History Month not only honors historical figures but also highlights the amazing accomplishments and contributions of Black people today," Garfield said in a statement on the university's website. "Black voices are not a monolith. There are Black people everywhere globally, and we want to ensure our transformative voices are heard and celebrated on a bigger scale."