44 Days Celebration

About 44 Days

In the spirit of inclusive excellence, Saint Mary’s College is proud to present the Second Annual 44 Days Honoring Black History. A nod to President Barack 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.  44 days Logo 2019

Beginning in mid-January, 44 Days features signature programs that echo the theme of “Strength in Community,” 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, January 20, with a Special Mass in the Saint Mary's Chapel 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.

The signature events of 44 Days include the February 25 appearance by Bree Newsome, a noted artist, community organizer, and advocate for racial justice. Newsome gained national attention in 2015 when she climbed the flagpole in front of the South Carolina Capitol building and removed a Confederate battle flag that was originally raised in 1961 as a white supremacist statement of opposition to the Civil Rights Movement and lunch counter sit-ins occurring at the time.