Photo: Dr. Douglas E. Thomas presents, “Evolution of Black Political Thought: Martin Luther King Jr. to Barack Obama”, to students, faculty and staff at McFarland Student Union, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2019
KUTZTOWN, PA – February is Black History Month. Established in 1976, Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history, science, mathematics, literature, art, music and culture. Kutztown University celebrates the month with events for the entire community.
KU begins the month’s events with the Black Student Union’s (BSU) Black History Month Celebration at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, in 223 MSU. Guest speakers include Andrea Custis, CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia and Keith Bethel, chief growth officer at Aramark. Food and light refreshments will be available, including a performance by KU students. RSVP online.
The BSU is a student organization which aims to improve race relations, develop understanding and foster education of black culture campuswide.
Registration is now open for the Commission on Human Diversity’s 10th Annual Diversity Conference, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, in 218 McFarland Student Union. The Commission pursues the goal of having a university community where all members honor each other’s differences. It sets priorities, monitors changes and educates the community in order to create an environment in which all members will receive proper recognition, encouragement and support. Register Online.
Following the conference at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, 218 MSU opens back up to all students, staff, faculty and community members with the Office of Multicultural Services’ Caribbean Carnival. The carnival will explore the history of African diaspora in the Caribbean and the flourishing of Caribbean culture featuring important regional figures through history, music, food, games, prizes and more.
Closing out the month’s celebrations at noon, Wednesday, March 4, in 250 MSU, the Frederick Douglass Institute presents Project Underground Railroad: A Beacon of Hope in Modern Day Slavery. Speakers Darnell Davis and Amber Karom created the nonprofit Aspire to Autonomy with the goal of providing an environment of safety, healing and empowerment that will equip victims of human trafficking with the services and programs that are essential to their pursuit of independence.
Learn more about this month by attending these Black History Month events or research facts online.