This is a time of festivity and joy as students and families congregate on the quad in the warm spring air. Black Joy Fest began during the spring of 1971 under the name of Black Family Day when students from the Black Student Union held a BBQ on the quad. Their intent was to celebrate themselves and to take a stand against the hxstorically and culturally exclusionary ideologies on campus.
Every year marks a monumental step towards Black empowerment and strengthening of our community. Over the years we have hosted countless lectures, speakers, entertainers, entertainment groups, vendors, etc to celebrate the achievements of the Black community and to educate about contemporary issues. One such speaker being Maya Angelou.
In 2019, after consulting with current students, the student committee in charge of Black Family Day rebranded the event to Black Joy Fest to better encapsulate the spirit of Black Joy Fest for this current generation.
This is an event for everyone, families, children, elders, the youth. All forms of Blackness are celebrated, and there is no toleration of sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or xenophobia. Bring your family and friends, and come enjoy joyful music, good food, and community while we celebrate!
Keep up to date with events and announcements on our BJF Facebook page!
Black Joy Fest has been canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 49th Annual Black Joy Fest will be held on the Main Quad on May 15, 2021!
Please feel free to contact Ogochukwu Agali (she/her) at (530) 752-7032 or email@example.com.