Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month


Bakari Sellers

Bakari Sellers headlines MLK celebration

Activist, lawyer, and political analyst, Bakari Sellers will be the guest speaker at BU’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration. The lecture will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Sellers was the youngest African-American to be elected to the South Carolina State House in 2006, and at the time, the youngest African-American elected official in the nation.

Sellers earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in 2005. While at Morehouse, he was elected Student Government Association President and served on the College’s Board of Trustees. In 2008 he earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina. He has followed in the footsteps of his father, civil rights leader Cleveland Sellers, in his tireless commitment to service, taking championing progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to preventing domestic violence and childhood obesity.

In 2010 TIME Magazine named him to the 40 Under 40, and was named one of the nation’s most influential African-Americans by “The Root 100” in 2014 and 2015.

Black History Month Events

Wednesday, Feb. 5

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration — Bakari Sellers, Carver Hall's Gross Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

  • Movie: Harriet — KUB Multicultural Center, 7 p.m. Discussion to follow.

Monday, Feb. 10

  • Screening: When They See Us — KUB Ballroom, 6 to 9 p.m. Discussion to follow.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

  • Mental Health in the Black Community — Stacey Pearson-Wharton, KUB Multicultural Center, 6 p.m. Pearson-Wharton, dean of health and wellness at Susquehanna University, offers expertise and a positive approach for issues surrounding diversity, social justice, inclusion, and mental health to provide hope and healing in difficult times.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

  • The You Effect: Think Your Way into Academic Success — KUB Multicultural Center, 6 p.m. This topic focuses on reframing your mindset to be successful in college and conquering mental health and trauma in the process.

Thursday, Feb. 13

Saturday, Feb. 15

  • Sankofa Conference — KUB, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Stacey Pearson-Wharton

Mental Health in the Black Community

Stacey Pearson-Wharton, dean of health and wellness at Susquehanna University, offers expertise and a positive approach for issues surrounding diversity, social justice, inclusion, and mental health to provide hope and healing in difficult times. She joins us on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. in the KUB Multicultural Center.

Yusef Salaam

One of 'Central Park Five' headlines Sankofa

Yusef Salaam, a member of the "Central Park Five," will be the keynote speaker for the annual Sankofa Conference on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m. at Carver Hall's Gross Auditorium. Salaam, falsely accused when he was just 15 years old, was convicted of assault and rape of jogger Trisha Meili. Salaam was one of five boys charged, who collectively became known as the "Central Park Five."