Black History Month

2022 Black History Month Celebration
February 2022

We invite members of the University of Mary Washington community to submit proposals for the annual Black History Month Program.  The theme for this celebration is, “Healing Through History: Recognizing Our Struggles and Celebrating Our Triumphs.” Proposals are due by Monday, October 25, 2021.  The sponsor(s) will be notified promptly. Approved programs will be included on the Black History Month calendar, as well as in print and electronic publications. All programs must secure their source of funding, if applicable.

Submit your 2022 Black History Month Proposal by Monday, October 25

Gospelfest – CANCELLED

Black History Month Jazz Night with UMW Jazz Ensemble

Tuesday, February 8  |  8 pm  |   Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall


Black History Month Keynote Program:  Dr. Marceline Catlett

Tuesday, February 9  |  7 pm  |  Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

Dr. Marceline Catlett is the 25th Division Superintendent of Fredericksburg City Public Schools and a Fredericksburg native. She attended Virginia State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She went on to earn a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. After earning Postgraduate Certificates from VCU, Oxford University, Harvard University, and Howard University, Dr. Catlett earned a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Dr. Catlett has 39 years of employment experience in FCPS. Her career with Fredericksburg City Public Schools began in 1981 at Walker-Grant Middle School where she worked as a sixth-grade teacher. She moved into school administration in 1990 serving as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel, and Deputy Superintendent.

She has been recognized for her notable achievements in education, leadership, and community service. Awards include the 2018 Hugh Mercer Elementary School African American Community Award, the Women Education Leaders in Virginia 2017 Spirit Award, the 2017 UMW Patricia Lacey Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award the 2015 Excel Award in Education women in Worship Ministries, the 2011 Fredericksburg Regional Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Washington Area Outstanding Service to Youth Award.

Dr. Catlett serves on many boards throughout the Fredericksburg region including Smart beginnings, Mary Washington Healthcare, UMW’s Community Advisory Committee on Diversity, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Fredericksburg Area Youth Development Foundation Sunshine Ballpark, the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Washington Area, as well as the Rappahannock Area American Red Cross.

Step Show & Competition

Saturday, February 19  |  7 pm  |  Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall


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