Celebrating Black History Month

ABC's John Quiñones headlines MLK celebration

John Quiñones

Author, broadcast journalist and motivational speaker, John Quiñones will speak at Bloomsburg University for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration. The lecture will be held Monday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall's Gross Auditorium and is open free to the public.

Quiñones has worked in different capacities at ABC News since 1982, working on programs such as 20/20, Good Morning America, Nightline and most notably as an anchor on ABC World News Tonight. He is a seven-time Emmy Award winner.

Quiñones is the author of two books, “Heroes Among Us: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Choices,” and “What Would You Do? Words of Wisdom About Doing the Right Thing.” Quiñones is also the creator and host of the show “What Would You Do?,” a hidden camera show exposing the difficult choices people make in tough situations.

Quiñones success stems from his desire to break free from the Hispanic stereotyping he experienced growing up in San Antonio, Texas. When his father asked if John wanted to pick cherries for the rest of his life, as he himself did, Quinones realized he had a choice. He committed himself to education to climb out of poverty, bringing his family along with him. Participation in the federal program, Upward Bound enabled him to attend St. Mary’s University, in Texas for Speech Communications. He began a broadcasting career while he attended Columbia University for graduate school.

Black History Month Events

Wednesday, Feb. 6
Elevate You at BU, 3 p.m., KUB Multicultural Center

Monday, Feb. 11
MLK Jr. Commemorative Celebration, 6 p.m., Carver Hall

Wednesday, Feb. 13
For the Love presented by the Black Cultural Society, 8:30 p.m., KUB Multicultural Center

Saturday, Feb. 16
Sankofa Conference, Kehr Union Building

Monday, Feb. 18
Disabilities Etiquette: Advancing Cultural Competence Across Communities by Carolyn Reid-Brown, assistant professor of exceptionality programs, 5 p.m., KUB Multicultural Center


Sybrina Fulton

Mother of Trayvon Martin to deliver keynote at Sankofa

Bloomsburg University will welcome Sybrina Fulton — mother of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was shot and killed in 2012 — as the keynote speaker for the annual Sankofa Conference. Her speech is Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11:15 a.m. in the KUB Ballroom. It will be open free to the public.

After the tragic death of her son, Fulton has dedicated her life to social change and speaking against violence. She is turning her grief into advocacy for civil rights for everyone in America. Her message not only appeals to people’s hearts as it relates to children but is also one of hope and change, exemplified by her personal experiences and endeavors. Fulton is a graduate of Florida Memorial University. She co-authored the book, “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.” Fulton also appeared on the limited series Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, which appeared on Paramount Network in 2018.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors the Sankofa Conference. 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.”