African-American/Black Association

Mission: Fermilab’s African American Black Association (AABA) aims to inspire, educate, and empower the African American and Black community at Fermilab by creating a safe and inclusive space for the exchange of ideas and community building.

Vision: To fully leverage our unique perspectives and talents to advocate for, and provide awareness to, Fermilab to ensure equity and inclusion for all across the lab community.



This year, Fermilab will observe Juneteenth as a paid holiday on June 19, 2024. Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2021, marking the 1865 emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. More information on the holiday and related events are available here.

The Juneteenth flag and a poster detailing the symbolism of the flag will be on display in the Fermilab Wilson Hall Atrium for the month of June.

Upcoming Events

The African American/Black Association LRG meets on the second Monday of every month, all members are invited to attend!


The AABA LRG Lunch and Learn Fireside Chat Series is a one-on-one conversation with a member of the Fermilab community:

  • Wednesday, February 7, 12 – 1 p.m.: Maurice Ball
  • Wednesday, February 14, 12 – 1 p.m.: Artasia Riley, Martin Bentivengo


Black History Month: Oral History Workshop
February 13; 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Hybrid – Zoom/Hornets Nest (WH8X)

Speaker: Valerie Higgins

Fermilab archivist Valerie Higgins will highlight the powerful impact of preserving history through storytelling. The workshop will share impactful techniques for conducting interviews to preserve your own family history.


Black History Month: The Bloomington-Normal Black History Project (BNBHP)
February 28; 1 – 2 p.m.; Virtual

Speaker: Jeff Woodard

The Bloomington-Normal Black History Project (BNBHP) founded in 1982 and its collections span the 19th and 20th centuries. The McLean County Museum of History will introduce Dr. Mildred Platt’s contributions to the project and virtually share its collection of photographs, portraits, booklets, articles, and photocopies related to club organizations and churches of the local Black community.


African School of Fundamental Physics

The African School of Fundamental Physics and Application (ASP) is a biennial physics school aimed at improving the quality of higher education in Africa. The three-week term school is hosted every two years by a different African country and supports students from all over Africa.

Historic success of the program is largely due to international lecturers and participants who volunteer their time to give talks and teach courses. Fermilab science and technology professionals are encouraged to get involved.

More information and a sign-up form is available here.

Dr. Silvia Zorzetti, QIS Ecosystem Leader at the DOE SQMS Research Center, presented at the 3rd African Conference on Fundamental & Applied Physics in September 2023 in George, South Africa.



Contact Anahi Ruiz Beltran for more information; Executive Sponsor: Alexander A. Valishev