During each national heritage month, the Office of Multicultural Affairs offers programming in celebration and honor the diversity, heritage and contributions of multicultural populations.
All cultural programming through the course of each heritage month is oriented to create an awareness and appreciation for the narratives and truths of our diverse campus community and abroad. To join a planning committee for any of the heritage month, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black History Month, February 2020
February marks the national celebration of Black History Month. As we kickoff our annual celebration highlighting Black history, all programming will illuminate various elements of Black culture through art, dialogue, and advocacy. This year’s theme, “Celebrating a Legacy of Resilience” aims to recognize the history, and remarkable strength of those of the African diaspora. With history baring witness to those who have triumphed over the ills of slavery, this theme memorializes the 400 years since the start of slavery, in what is today the United States of America.
In keeping with our theme of resiliency, our keynote speaker, Mr. Joseph Webb has overcome incredible odds to become the man he is today. Webb is currently the Interim Director of Student Affairs at Penn State Berks, PA. He specializes in keynote and motivational speeches, leadership development, talent management, and coaching services. Please join us on February 12th at 6:00 p.m. in Beers Lecture Hall for his talk.
Other events include MLK Day of Service scheduled for February 6th from 1-4:00 p.m. in the University Center and “Black Jeopardy”, ESU’s version of the popular skit from Saturday Night Live which utilizes humor to address difficult topics related to race and culture. This event is scheduled for February 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts.
Black History Month also features two historically significant plays. "Smart People” depicts the complexity of race, identity, and societal issues for seemingly smart people to navigate. Showings for this play will begin February 26 through the 28th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building. “The Mountaintop” is a fictional depiction of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in the Lorraine Hotel before his assassination. Directed by ESU’s undergraduate, Tyronn Brewington, this play explores the difficulty Dr. King faces as he grapples with his inevitable death. The Mountaintop will be offered Saturday February 29 at 7:00 p.m. and March 1st at 2:00 p.m. in the Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts.
We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to participate in this month’s programming. Please check the ESU calendar for additional Black History Month events contact Lurine Allotey at email@example.com or call us at (570) 422-3896.