Legacy X commemorates 10 years of the campuswide celebration of Black History Month at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Legacy has helped define us. It drives us to recognize our past and strive for better in our future.
The X is a symbolic representation of the roman numeral 10 and a nod to Malcolm X, who used X as a signifier of his unknown African ancestral surname.
UW–Madison’s first formal celebration took place in February 2014 with the focus on celebrating Black history, while educating the campus community and honoring the historic contributions of Black students at the university.
From 2014 to 2017, the Black History Month Planning Committee was under the direction of African American Student Academic Services. Since 2018, the Black Cultural Center, which is part of the Multicultural Student Center in Student Affairs, has served in an advisory capacity to the student planning committee.
This month’s theme, Legacy X, looks back on what the Black community at UW–Madison has accomplished in the last decade. Our goal is to celebrate past, present, and future Black students at UW–Madison who have — and always will — unapologetically take up space and always strive for excellence.
Special thanks to the 2024 Black History Month Planning Committee and the Black Cultural Center for leading the month’s celebration.