CAL U MARKS BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2016

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CAL U MARKS BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2016

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Posted on January 20, 2016

Cal U’s celebration of Black History Month includes community service, academic reflection, spirituality, arts and music. Members of the Cal U community are encouraged to attend; a number of events are open to the public.

The schedule

Feb. 3: Day of Service, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Performance Center (Natali Student Center)
Sponsored by the Office of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning, the annual Day of Service draws on the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King and his late wife’s request to honor the civil rights leader with “a day on, rather than a day off.” Students are encouraged to visit the Performance Center and create handmade items for charitable and community organizations. Central Blood Bank will hold a blood drive in conjunction with the event.

Feb. 4: Black History Month feature on KDKA-TV (UPDATED)
To mark Black History Month, KDKA-TV airs a brief segment featuring the Young and Gifted Gospel Choir and its founding director, Almeda Pryor. View the video on KDKA.com

Feb. 14: Gospel Church Service, 4 p.m., University Chapel (Old Main)
Services are led by Pastor Darla Holmes, with music by the Young and Gifted Gospel Choir. The public may attend. 

Feb. 20: bus trip, National Great Blacks in Wax Museum (sold out)
All seats have been sold for a bus trip to the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, where “life-size, life-like wax figures highlighting historical and contemporary personalities of African ancestry.” Bus departs at 6 a.m. 

Feb. 23: “Academic Reflections on Race and Color,” 11 a.m., Eberly Hall, Room 110
A panel of faculty scholars holds a moderated discussion of current issues. Discussant is Dr. Ambrus Price, of the Department of History & Political Science at Cal U. Panelists are:

  • Dr. Komal Dhillon, departments of Religion & Culture and Communication, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Rueben Brock, Department of Psychology, Cal U
  • Dr. Gabby M.H. Yearwood, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

Admission is free and the public may attend.

Feb. 24: African-American Arts Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Performance Center (Natali Student Center)
Local artists and vendors join African drummers and other performers in a celebration of African-American arts.

A performance from 5-6 p.m. by the Pittsburgh company of the Balafon West African Dance Ensemble will cap off the Black History Month celebration.

Formed in 1997 by West Africa native Kadiatou Conte-Forte and her students and colleagues, Balafon artists blend the natural elegance of traditional West African dance and music with amazing athleticism.

The public may attend. 

Feb. 28: Gospel Church Service, 4 p.m., University Chapel (Old Main)
Services are led by Pastor Wright of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, with music by the church’s praise group/choir. The public may attend. 

Learn more

Most Black History Month events are sponsored by the Cal U Office of Multicultural Affairs; some are co-sponsored by the Black Student Union.

For more information, contact Sheleta Webb at webb_s@calu.edu.