To help commemorate Black History Month, guided tours exploring the history of African-Americans at the University of Maryland and their contributions to the campus community will be offered throughout the month of February.
Developed by Kim Nickerson, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the tour outlines the history of the African-American experience at UMD using campus landmarks, memorials and buildings. Starting with the university’s founding when Maryland was a slave-holding state, the tour charts the path of the legal battle to desegregate the campus led by Thurgood Marshall, civil rights advocate and the first African-American Supreme Court justice, and the trailblazers who were among the first Black students to attend the university. The tour includes landmarks that celebrate the contributions of African-Americans to our campus and community, including the David C. Driskell Center, Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, the Harriet Tubman room in Stamp Student Union, and Frederick Douglass Square.
Coordinated by UMD’s Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy and led by Dr. Nickerson, the tours will be offered February 7, February 15, February 21 and February 28. Register in advance here.
Additionally, an online tour featuring 17 locations on campus is available at umd.edu/blackhistorytour.
This story was originally published on February 4, 2019.