Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month


Bloomsburg University is proud to celebrate Black History Month and to honor the countless contributions of Black individuals within all aspects of society. We embrace the opportunity to learn more about the rich history, legacy, and contemporary achievements of Black individuals both in and out of the classroom. We invite you to join us at our Black History Month events.

As we celebrate, we will remain steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that the Bloomsburg University experience is one that is inclusive and equitable. We will continue to uphold our university vision in providing the necessary resources for our campus community to maximize opportunities for success. We do this through our class offerings, by awarding scholarships, through our campus organizations, and more. To learn more, please see our resource guide.

During Black History Month we will challenge ourselves to continually do more to become a better Bloomsburg. The President’s Commission for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (PCDEI) co-chaired Shavonne Shorter, special assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/associate professor of communication studies and Madelyn Rodriguez, director of the Multicultural Center, has worked diligently since 2019 to author our university’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plan. We are grateful for the dedication of the PCDEI members. We are thankful to everyone who participated in giving feedback to refine the plan through listening sessions, town hall events, and a survey opportunity. We invite you to read our plan here.

Since the fall semester, work has been underway to begin reaching the goals laid out in the plan. We have bolstered our campus wide diversity, equity, and inclusion training, developed a community response team, and improved underrepresented minority student retention rates, just to name a few. Please see the update videos on the PCDEI webpage for full details on the progress that has been made thus far. This is just the beginning and we will never stop working for equity. During Black History Month, and always, may we learn from one another, take collective action, and move onward and upward together.

      — President Bashar Hanna
President Bashar Hanna

 

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. headlines MLK Jr. commemorative celebration

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, will present “Lessons from the Later Dr. King” on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

For the majority of Americans, the image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is frozen in time. We easily think of him as the leader of the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott or as the passionate preacher delivering “I Have a Dream” in 1963. Acclaimed scholar Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., takes a look at another facet of the MLK story: Dr. King’s later and final years — when he was doubtful and felt that the country had turned its back on him.

“We long for a Dr. King or an Abe Lincoln, because we don’t see our own capabilities as being sufficient,” Glaude has said. “History converged in a way that called Dr. King forward, and he answered the call. That can happen with anybody. We don’t need another Martin Luther King. We need everyday, ordinary people. We are the leaders we’ve been looking for.”

An author, political commentator, public intellectual and passionate educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience, Glaude's writings, including “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul”, “In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America”, and his most recent, the New York Times bestseller, “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own”, takes a wide look at Black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States and the challenges we face as a democracy.

A graduate of Morehouse College, he holds a master’s degree in African American Studies from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.

Black History Month Events

Tuesday, Feb. 16

  • “Evening Conversation on Equity, Inclusion and Becoming a Better BU” — featuring BU President Bashar Hanna along with Chad Dion Lassiter, executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Zoom, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

28th Annual MLK Jr. Commemorative Speaker

  • “Lessons from the Later Dr. King” — Eddie S. Glaude Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, Zoom, 6 p.m.

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Monday, Feb. 22

  • "The Power of Being the Only Woman in the Room” AKA The Glass Ceiling Has Fallen — Lisa Wright Bryant, president/CEO LM Bryant Consulting, LLC, Zoom, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

  • Canceled “Red Table Talk” a moderated discussion on the movie, “The Hate You Give” — Faculty, staff, and students.

Sankofa Conference Workshops

Wednesday, Feb. 24

  • “Building Community and Student Activism” — Marcus Scales '10, '12M, director of multicultural student services at Bucknell, webinar, 4 p.m.
  • Sankofa Conference Keynote “Black in America” — A conversation with Nyle Fort and George Floyd family members, webinar, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25

  • “The Manifesto” Speaking Truth to Power” — Marvin Carter '13M, associate director of intercultural engagement and inclusion at The College of New Jersey, webinar, 4 p.m.
  • “It Takes a Village: Retention and Persistence with Male Students of Color” — Khayriy Tilghman, assistant director of the Educational Opportunity Fund at The College of New Jersey, webinar, 6 p.m.

Equity, Inclusion, and Becoming a Better BU

An “Evening Conversation on Equity, Inclusion and Becoming a Better BU” will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The conversation will feature BU President Bashar Hanna along with Chad Dion Lassiter, executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). The event will be moderated by Shavonne Shorter, special assistant to the President for DEI and co-chair of the President’s Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Lassiter is nationally recognized in the fields of American race relations and violence prevention among African-American males. He has worked with resilient and vulnerable families, youth and communities as they experience normal developmental transitions in challenging environments. Lassiter’s research interest attempts to contribute to a more informed analysis of the diverse ways that adolescents and families – especially people of color – cope with socioeconomic challenges and institutional racism.

He has worked on race, peace and poverty-related issues in Africa, Canada, Haiti, Israel and Norway. He is called upon often to provide commentary to various media outlets and lectures widely. Prior to accepting his post at PHRC, Lassiter was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the 2008 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Involvement Award, as well as a Visiting Lecturer at West Chester University in the Undergraduate School of Social Work.

Chad Dion Lassiter

26th Annual Sankofa Conference

Bloomsburg University's Sankofa Conference is an annual program hosted by the Multicultural Center, designed to help students learn, understand, and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of people of African descent. It promotes unity and understanding among students and a forum for discussion and learning.

This year’s Sankofa Conference features a series of virtual workshops, highlighted by the Keynote address on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. entitled “Black in America,” a conversation with minister, activist, and scholar Nyle Fort as well as family members of George Floyd.

Sankofa

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Industry Conversations

Connections get YOU hired, so don’t wait until you’re ready to graduate to make them!

Explore industries for YOUR career journey, and meet employers who may be looking to hire YOU. Don't be nervous! Be comfortable and confident in this informal and friendly environment with the help and support of career coaches who want YOU to succeed!

What you get:

  • Help and support from a career coach, faculty or alumni guide who will help you make personal connections with companies who are hiring.
  • Insight on what it’s like to work in a certain industry to determine if the path is right for you
  • Personal stories, application tips, and opportunities for job shadows, internships and jobs from employers in the industry.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Pre-register: Students on Handshake at bloomu.joinhandshake.com, students from other universities, email professionalu@bloomu.edu with subject line DEI IC

Black History Month Presenters


Lisa Wright Bryant

"The Power of Being the Only Woman in the Room” AKA The Glass Ceiling Has Fallen presented by Lisa Wright Bryant, president and CEO of LM Bryant Consulting, LLC, on. Monday, Feb. 22, via Zoom at 5 p.m.

Marcus Scales

“Building Community and Student Activism” presented by Marcus Scales '10, '12M, director of multicultural student services at Bucknell University, as a webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. as part of 26th Annual Sankofa Conference.

Marvin Carter

“The Manifesto” Speaking Truth to Power” presented by Marvin Carter '13M, associate director of intercultural engagement and inclusion at The College of New Jersey, as a webinar on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. as part of 26th Annual Sankofa Conference.

Khayriy Tilghman

“It Takes a Village: Retention and Persistence with Male Students of Color” presented by Khayriy Tilghman, assistant director of the Educational Opportunity Fund at The College of New Jersey as a webinar on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. as part of 26th Annual Sankofa Conference.