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Posted on January 30, 2015

Images of different Black History Month speakers at Cal U.

Throughout February, California University of Pennsylvania celebrates Black History Month with these free events: 

Feb. 3:

Blood drive and sickle cell information
10 a.m., Carter Hall Multipurpose Room

Give the “gift of life” at a Central Blood Bank blood drive and learn more about sickle cell anemia, which affects an estimated 70,000 to 100,000 people in the United States.  

Feb. 12-28

“Significant African Americans with Pittsburgh-Area Roots”
Manderino Library, Lobby

View this photo exhibit showcasing notable artists, athletes, business professionals and humanitarians, each with a connection to western Pennsylvania.

Feb. 17:

“What’s Going On: The State of Black America”
6 p.m., Keystone Hall, Room 205

Psychology professor Rueben Brock, this year’s Frederick Douglass Institute Visiting Scholar and author of “A Young Man’s Wisdom,” moderates a panel discussion of issues and trends in the black community.

Panelists are:

  • D. Watkins, an award-winning writer whose work has been published in The Huffington Post, Aeon, The City Paper and Salon. He is a recurring guest on National Public Radio, Huff Post Live and The Real News Network. A professor at Coppin State University, he also runs a creative writing workshop at the Baltimore Free School.
  • Emmai Alaquiva, an Emmy Award-winning producer and CEO of Ya Momz House Inc., a full-service multimedia company. He is a director for CBS Sports Network and the executive director of the Hip Hop On L.O.C.K. youth arts education program.

  • Marisa Bartley, executive director of the PNC YMCA in Pittsburgh and an executive board member for the National Urban League Young Professionals.

  • Malcolm Thomas, program director for the Reaching Back male mentoring and manhood development program at the Neighborhood Learning Alliance in Pittsburgh.

Feb. 19:

Poetry Slam with Drew Law
1 p.m., workshop, Natali Student Center, Student Organization Suite 101
9 p.m., performance, Natali Food Court

Spoken word poet and teaching artist Drew Law hosts an afternoon poetry slam workshop, then gives an evening performance in the Natali Student Center. 

The original host of the groundbreaking Graffiti DC slam series, Law is a teaching artist for Split this Rock, an organization that uses written and spoken word as an agent for social change, and Poetry NOW, a nonprofit group that creates spoken word curricula for high schools and government entities in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Feb. 23:

"'You Simply Cannot Convict White People of Crimes of this Sort': Lynching and the Law, a Historical Perspective"
4 p.m., Duda Hall, Room 202

Dr. Tim Konhaus, an assistant professor of history at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, takes a scholarly look at racially motivated violence and the law.

“Historically Black Greek Letter Organizations,” with Carlton Heywood
7 p.m., Morgan Hall, Room 222

Attend “A Brief Conversation About the History of HBGLOs (Historically Black Greek Letter Organizations) and Activity in Western Pennsylvania” with Carlton Heywood, a lifetime member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and a teacher/librarian in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. 

Heywood, a Clarion University graduate who visited Cal U during Black History Month 2013, provides his perspective on the past, present and future of black fraternities and sororities.

March 19:

“The Confederate Flag: Symbol of Hate or Freedom of Speech?”
7 p.m., Morgan Hall, Room 222

A panel discusses the powerful feelings evoked by this iconic image from the U.S. Civil War. 

Join us

Black History Month programs are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

Sponsors: Multicultural Student Programs, the Center for Volunteer Programs and Service Learning, the Frederick Douglass Institute, the Student Activities Board and the Office and Fraternity and Sorority Life.