Celebrating Black History Month

CGA hosts discussion on racism

Bloomsburg University’s Community Government Association (CGA) will hold a discussion on racism called “Beyond the Fountain” on Friday, Feb. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Kehr Union Building multi-purpose rooms A&B.

The discussion, organized by CGA president Joar Dahn, was born out of a phrase that minority students have shared with each other over the years about not venturing “beyond the fountain” in town. Dahn has a specific objective in mind for organizing the event.

“It is my goal is to bring people of all colors together to discuss diversity and how we can all learn from each other,” said Dahn, a junior political science major. “I have reached out to various religious leaders in town as well as members of our local government. I’m am hoping for a large crowd so we can finally discuss a topic that needs to be discussed, racism.”

Those interested in attending can RSVP to cgapres@bloomu.edu, but registration is not required.

Activist, acclaimed author headlines Sankofa Conference


Kevin Powell

Considered one of the most acclaimed political, cultural and literary voices in America today, Kevin Powell will serve as keynote speaker for Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's 23rd annual Sankofa Conference on Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Kehr Union Building Ballroom.

Kevin has written 12 books, including his latest, "The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood." Later this year plans to publish a biography of Tupac Shakur. Powell's writings have also appeared in Esquire, Ebony, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and on ESPN.com and CNN.com, as well as Vibe Magazine, where he worked for many years as a senior writer.

As a pop culture curator, Powell produced the first exhibit on the history of hip-hop in America at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. As a humanitarian, his work includes initiatives to end violence against women, including an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show highlighting domestic violence. He has done extensive philanthropic and relief work, ranging from Hurricane Katrina to Superstorm Sandy in New York to his annual holiday party and clothing drive for the homeless every December since 9/11.

Presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the day-long Sankofa Conference will begin at 10 a.m. with Powell's keynote set for 11 a.m. The conference will continue with workshops, presentations and group discussions for students until concluding at 5 p.m.

Sankofa grew out of the need for students to learn, understand, and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of people of African descent. It has developed as a way to promote unity and understanding among students, providing a forum for discussion and learning. Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana, translated to "it is not taboo to fetch what is a risk of being left behind."

Black History Month Events

Monday, Feb. 12
Scott Richardson, Ph.D., will present a lecture on “Black History 365 Days…Being Critically Conscious and Socially Responsible” at 5 p.m., KUB Multicultural Center. Richardson's lecture is open free to the public.

Tuesday, Feb. 13
MIND host open gym basketball at 7 p.m., Student Recreation Center
Curl Friends - Sexy Heels at 7 p.m., Student Recreation Center. This event is for girls only.

Wednesday, Feb. 14
Black Culture Society hosts "For The Love Social" at 8:15 p.m., KUB Multicultural Center. This event is held in collaboration with the African Student Association and BU's NAACP student chapter.

Thursday, Feb. 15
African Student Association hosts WAIST 101 (dance class) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Student Recreation Center

Friday, Feb. 16
Community Government Association (CGA) will hold a discussion on racism called “Beyond the Fountain” from 5 to 7 p.m., KUB Multi-A&B

Sunday, Feb. 18
Campus Church Visitation with FOCUS Young Adult Ministry from Bethel Deliverance International at 11 a.m., KUB Multicultural Center. Free breakfast at 10:45 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 19
LGBTQA Resource Center presents Queer People of Color "Through the Ages" at 6 p.m. in Centennial 218

Wednesday, Feb. 21
Frederick Douglass Scholar Ralph Godbot, Ph.D., presents “From W.E.B. DuBois to Rick Ross: Exploring the Concept of the Talented Tenth in the Age of Hip-Hop” at 5 p.m., KUB Multicultural Center. Godbot'z lecture is open free to the public.


Pulitzer Prize finalist headlines MLK celebration

Wil Haygood, acclaimed biographer, Pulitzer finalist, award-winning author and reporter recently spoke at Bloomsburg University’s 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration in Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium. Haygood has written seven books including the New York Times bestsellers Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America and The Butler: A Witness to History. His writing has chronicled America’s civil rights journey through the lives and times of Thurgood Marshall, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Sammy Davis, Jr., and Sugar Ray Robinson.

Haygood was a long-time national and foreign correspondent for the Washington Post and Boston Globe, covering events such as Nelson Mandela’s release from prison after 27 years, the ascent of President Obama, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and his own experience as the hostage of Somali rebels. While at the Globe, he was honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist. A storyteller for our times, Haygood has earned high praise for connecting the civil rights movement and its iconic heroes with current events and enduring struggles.