Old Dominion University celebrates the contributions of African descendants during the February Black History Month observance. Noted Black History author Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week in 1926 to celebrate the achievements of African Americans. In 1976 this became known as Black History Month.
The Office of Intercultural Relations staff, along with student organizations and community groups, host a variety of events that highlight Black culture, history and tradition. These events include plays, music, cultural dances, conferences, and a closing lecture series. Past noted events have been The Umoja Conference, "Black Face White", "Happy to be Nappy", "A White Woman Raised Black" and the Black History Lecture series, which featured Dr. Belle Wheelan, Secretary of Education for the State of Virginia in the 2004 Brown Versus Board of Education anniversary.