Philadelphia University Celebrates Black History Month with February Series of Events

Philadelphia University will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events throughout February with the theme “Black Women in American History and Culture.” Coordinated through the Office of Student Development Programs, in association with student organizations and academic programs, events will include on-campus film screenings, performances and speakers. All events are open to the University community and the general public.

Since 1926, February has been annually recognized as Black History Month commemorating the historical and cultural experiences and contributions of African Americans.

The schedule of Black History Month activities includes:

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m.
The Plays and Players Theatre
1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Following the play, the cast will join Dr. Marcella McCoy Deh, director of the honors program at Philadelphia University, to discuss the cultural legacy of African-American spirituality and art that connects the world in the play to our lives today. Sign-up in The Kanbar Campus Center, Room 317 by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Tickets will be free for the first 20 people, and will be offered at a discounted price of $10 per person for anyone thereafter.  SEPTA tokens to get to and from the play will be offered through the Office of Student Development Programs. Students could take the 32 Bus to Broad and Spruce Streets or Broad and Lombard Streets and walk 3 blocks to 17th Street. The theater is on Delancey Place between Spruce and Lombard.

Open Class: Race Conscious Casting
Monday, Jan. 30 from 2 to 2:50 p.m.
Downs Hall, Room 4
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to join this class, as they discuss the article on Race Conscious Casting in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. This is a perfect follow-up for anyone who has either attended or read the play. It is also a great way to learn about this award-winning play if you have not had any prior exposure.

Multicultural Recognition and Discussion
Thursday, Feb. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Kanbar Campus Center, Room 306
Sponsored by Black Student Union
Celebrate your heritage, potluck style! This event is open to all members of the University community. The hosts ask that attendees please bring a dish to share with others; something that represents their culture or background. Not an up and coming chef? No worries! People can also contribute by bringing along other things that represent their background, such as art work or even pictures of their families to show off and discuss.

Super Bowl Party
Sunday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 11 p.m.
PhilaU Residences at Falls Center Basement
Sponsored by Black Student Union
Following the big game, come talk about the teams, the players and all of the commercials with your peers. This event is open to all students, faculty and staff to attend. Black Student Union members will be providing light refreshments, but attendees are asked consider bringing some chips and salsa or other refreshments to share with others.

Bob Marley’s Birthday Recognition
Monday, Feb. 6
Kanbar Campus Center Information Desk and throughout The Kanbar Campus Center during the day; at Ravenhill Dining Hall in the evening
To pay tribute to the late, great Bob Marley, his music will be played in The Kanbar Campus Center and students, faculty and staff can have their pictures taken with “Bob Marley” by stopping by the Info Desk. In addition, in the evening, Ravenhill Dining Hall will have a Caribbean-themed dinner menu in honor of Bob Marley’s birthday.

Real Women Speak
Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Downs Hall, Room 6
The Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) presents “Real Women Speak,” an open dialogue that engages women to talk about the media’s depiction of women of color. Independent, business minded and young, these women push the envelope and challenge each other to steer away from stereotypes or negative images. These women create their own perceptions, make their own mark, and blaze their own trail for future women of color to emulate and prosper.

Universal Thoughts of a Black Man, Volume 1
Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
Guest Speaker Poetry Reading, Discussion and Black Student Union General Meeting
Reggie Walker will share some of the poetry from his latest book “Universal Thoughts of a Black Man, Volume 1,” and answer questions from the audience. He will also sign copies of his work for anyone who would like to purchase a copy. The book will be available for purchase for $7.

The Effects of Rap and Hip-Hop on Stereotypes and the Black Community
Thursday, Feb. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Kanbar Campus Center, Room 306
There is an ongoing debate on the effects of rap and hip-hop on the African-American community. Does rap and hip-hop define the black culture and is it helping to create negative stereotypes?

Alumni Speakers: Men’s Empowerment
Friday, Feb. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Kanbar Campus Center, Room 306
Although the theme of this year’s Black History Month focuses on women, the Black Student Union would like to take some time to highlight male achievement as well. Come learn about what some of PhilaU’s alumni are doing, and hear about the path they took to get where they are today.

African-American Iconic Images Mural Arts Tour
Saturday, Feb. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Meet at the Ram Statue by 12:45 p.m.
Free, but advanced sign-ups are required; click here to sign-up for this event.
Like all great cities, Philadelphia has its share of murals that decorate buildings and neighborhoods. The works created by the Mural Arts Program (MAP) – the nation’s largest mural program – stand out for their beauty, uniqueness and oversized themes. This tour will focus on murals themed around African-American history. Sponsored by Student Development Programs and the Writing Program.

Open Class: Hip-Hop Afrique
Monday, Feb. 13 from 2 to 3:15 p.m.
Downs Hall, Room 5
Professor Richard Shain’s course will explore how contemporary African youth have used hip-hop to protest political corruption and economic stagnation and promote cultural pride.

Valentine’s Day Bake Sale
Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
The Kanbar Campus Center Vending Tables
The Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) will host a Valentine’s Day Bake sale. Students will have the opportunity to buy candy grams for their lovers, kin or friends. Brownies, cookies, chocolate-covered strawberries and roses are just some of the treats that will be offered.

Black Business Panel
Thursday, Feb. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Kanbar Campus Center, Room 306
Speakers at this event include: Ray Thompson, Sr., the Lockeed Martain Market Segment Lead, Clinical Technologies; Danielle Hines, an attorney and member of the National Bar Association; and Cheryl Ann Wadlington, author, stylist and founder of Evoluer House.

Black History Month Dance
Friday, Feb. 17 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Downs Hall Auditorium
Part-fundraiser, part-party, the Black History Month Dance will be an all-around good time. The cost for attending this event is $3 per person, which will all go towards supporting future Black Student Union programs. This event is open to non-PhilaU students, so attendees are encouraged to bring their friends and family. An area DJ will be playing tunes all night and requests for songs/artists are welcome.

Education in Black America
Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Kanbar Campus Center, Room 306
This discussion will touch on the success rate of African-American students in private and public school systems. Attendees will also discuss the rate of black males and black females in college and the importance of education in the black community.

Talent Showcase
Friday, Feb. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Downs Hall Auditorium
The event is open to the Philadelphia community, so encourage your friends and family to attend with you. Tickets are $3 with a Philadelphia University ID and $5 without a PhilaU ID.  Prizes will be awarded to the top acts in the competition portion of the event.

Women of Color Panel
Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
The Kanbar Campus Center, Room 306
This panel will feature various women leaders from the PhilaU campus community and is designed to share experiences and advice from successful faculty and staff of color at PhilaU.  This program is co-sponsored by the Black History Month and Women’s History Month planning groups.

Black History Month Closing Event: Soul Food Café
Wednesday, Feb. 29 from 8 to 10 p.m.
The Kanbar Campus Center Living Room
The Soul Food Café will include African drumming and dancing, and an Open Mic Night for the campus community.  All students, faculty, staff, friends and family are encouraged to join us for this exciting evening, filled with good food and great performers! The “Universal African Drum and Dance Ensemble” will have roughly 20 performers at this event, and attendees will be encouraged to share their spoken prose, poetry and songs.

Soul Food Luncheon and Dinner Series
Soul food is derived from prized southern dishes during the American slavery era. It’s an African-American cuisine and soul food, mostly known as southern or comfort food, is the foundation for bringing back memories of family dinners and special celebrations. This method of cooking also introduced the foundation from which many popular dishes are made from today.

Enjoy soul food on the following dates:
Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Kanbar Campus Center Common Thread
Thursday, Feb. 2 – Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner)
Wednesday, Feb. 8 – Kanbar Campus Center Common Thread
Thursday, Feb. 9 – Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner)
Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Kanbar Campus Center Common Thread
Thursday, Feb. 16 – Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner)
Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Kanbar Campus Center Common Thread
Thursday, Feb. 23 – Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner)
Wednesday, Feb. 29 – Kanbar Campus Center Common Thread

The Soul Food Series is coordinated with the support of Dining Services.

Philadelphia Area Events:

Trip to the African-American Museum
Saturday, Feb. 4
Sponsored by Black Student Union
Registration information will be announced at the Multicultural Recognition and Discussion event on Thursday, Feb. 2. Those that are interested should attend the meeting.

Inclusive Leadership Conference
Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Temple University
Cost is $10 per person, but scholarships are available.  To register, visit the Student Activities Office in Kanbar Campus Center, Room 301 by Friday, Feb. 3.

Penn Museum: Imagine Africa- Community Afternoon
Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.
SEPTA Tokens available in The Office of Student Development Programs for transportation.

Penn Museum: Imagine Africa – Contemporary South African Performance
Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.
Pay-what-you-want Admission.  Tokens available in The Kanbar Campus Center, Room 317 for transportation purposes.

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