44 Days Celebration

About 44 Days

In the spirit of inclusive excellence, Saint Mary’s College is proud to present the inaugural "44 Days Honoring Black History." A nod to President Saint Mary's 44 Days LogoBarack Obama, the nation's 44th commander in chief, and first African American president, the 44 Days initiative highlights the rich contributions of Black culture to the nation, the world, and the SMC campus.

Beginning in mid-January, 44 Days features signature programs that echo the theme of “Collective Courage,” which reflects the African American historical legacy of people of color joining together to resist oppression and bring about necessary change in our society.

44 Days begins on Sunday, Jan. 14 with a Mass to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and runs throughout the Black History month of February. The cultural heritage series features a Black Convocation breakfast with Saint Mary’s President James Donahue, and engaging student-centered events and workshops.

44 Days concludes with the Feb. 27 appearance by nationally recognized activist Tarana Burke, who founded the Me Too movement in 2006 to call attention to sexual abuse among young women of color. Now a viral hashtag, the #MeToo movement has focused the nation’s attention on sexual harassment. Burke was recently recognized as one of "The Silence Breakers" selected by Time Magazine as "Person of the Year" for 2017.