In addition to last weekend's parade, Columbia and its universities will be hosting several events in celebration of black history.
Celebrations began last weekend with the 14th annual Karamu Statewide Black History Parade and Festival. The parade traveled through Five Points and ended at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in time for the festival to begin, complete with vendors and live music.
In addition, every week of February the Nickelodeon Theater on Main Street will present screenings of "Black Stories," a film that "captures moments that serve as milestones for an entire movement and explores them from a local and global perspective."
USC's Association of African American Students plans to celebrate and educate through events such as a screening of "Whose Streets" on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Russell House Theater. Three weeks later, AAAS's meeting will focus on a discussion of the organization's history.
On Feb. 15 students can attend the Poetry Slam: We Wear the Mask, a performance about being black on USC's campus, in the Russell House Theater from 7-10 p.m.
Benedict College will also host its 28th annual Harambee Festival on Saturday, Feb. 24. "Harambee" is Swahili for "pulling or working together." The festival will include gospel and jazz music, food, health screenings and empowerment workshops.
Correction: This article originally included dates from last year's USC Black History Month calendar. It has been altered to reflect the events taking place during this February.