Black History Month 2022

The theme of Black History Month 2022, Black Health and Wellness, acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, healers, etc.) throughout the African continent and African diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.

Photo of N'Ya Fritz, the Mizzou student whose art is featured during BHM 2022

N'Ya Fritz, the Mizzou student whose art is featured during BHM 2022.

Featured Student and Artist N'ya Fritz

It is our delight to introduce N'ya Fritz, a Mizzou junior majoring in secondary education – English and minoring in Black Studies. N'ya, an incredibly talented artist, used charcoal to create the two pieces featured as part of Black History Month 2022.  

Where is your hometown?

Kansas City Missouri

What was your inspiration for these pieces?

I was inspired to create these pieces to demonstrate the diversity within the black community. I wanted to show that Black people come in a variety of identities, not being able to be conformed into the mundane boxes that society would like us to fit in. I also wanted to show the affects of professionalism on the Black Community. We are often asked to shape or “groom” ourselves into what America wants a Black person to be, sound, and act like.

How did you get started as an artist?

 Art has always been a part of my life. Since a kid I have always been deeply inspired and intrigued in all things revolving creativity. With limited resources growing up, pencil and paper enviably was the first things I reached for. From then, the rest was history and I continued to take on the hobby.

In your mind, how do these pieces reflect Black History Month? 

In my mind, these pieces reflect Black History Month because they showcase the pride, creativity, and uniqueness that comes with our Blackness.