BU to host events for Black History Month

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is hosting several events in February as part of Black History Month.

On Monday, Feb. 12, Scott Richardson, Ph.D., will present a lecture on “Black History 365 Days…Being Critically Conscious and Socially Responsible.” The event will be held at 5 p.m. in the Kehr Union Building, Multi-Cultural Center, room 230 and is free and open to the public.

A discussion about racism in our community, “Beyond the Fountain,” will be held on Friday, Feb. 16 from 5-7 p.m. in the Kehr Union Building, multi-purpose rooms A-B. The event is free and open to the public.

The annual Sankofa Conference will take place on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kehr Union Building. Advance registration is required. Kevin Powell will deliver the keynote address at the conference. Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today. He is the author of 12 books, including his newest title, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood. Later this year he will publish a biography of Tupac Shakur, the late rapper and controversial American icon. He is also the co-founder of BK Nation, an organization focused on civil and human rights for all Americans.

The LGBTQA Resource Center will present Queer People of Color "Through the Ages," on Monday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218. The program will explore the rich history of some of the most influential queer people of color and their lasting, too often forgotten, contributions to the Queer movement.

The final program for Black History Month will be Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. with a lecture by BU 2017-18 Frederick Douglass Scholar Ralph Godbot, Ph.D. Godbot’s talk is titled “From W.E.B. DuBois to Rick Ross: Exploring the Concept of the Talented Tenth in the Age of Hip-Hop.” The event will be held in the Kehr Union Building, Multi-Cultural Center, room 230 and is free and open to the public.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.