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 2019 Programming
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. The theme for this year’s celebration focuses on ESU’s conscious observation to empowering others and bolstering the national conversations about being “Unapologetically Black.” The idea behind being “unapologetically black” supports the importance of embracing the diverse composition of our student body and acknowledging the notion that purports “staying true to one’s cultural identity should not necessitate a clamor for acceptance from others, nor should it be compromised in any way.” Our programming towards this purpose will also serve to heighten our cultural awareness and to amplify the varying diversity found within the people of the African diaspora, now located here within our country and campus community.
Through this year’s calendar of programming, we are happy to announce that Dr. Aaron X. Smith will be our Black History Month Speaker. Dr. Smith currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Africology and African American Studies at Temple University. Smith has also published multiple entries in the Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage (2015) and a chapter on James Baldwin titled, “Boundless Baldwin” recently published in, Contemporary Critical Thought in Africology and Africana Studies. His innovative artistic presentation style has gained him the name, “The Rapping Professor”. Dr. Aaron X. Smith was raised in Montclair NJ, he holds a BA in Asian Studies, an MA in Liberal Arts, an MA in African American Studies and a PhD in African American Studies (all from Temple University). Our keynote presentation will take place February 6, 2019 at Abeloff Center for Performing Arts and will begin at 7:00pm.
Please be sure to check ESU’s Master Calendar and Warrior Notes regularly for updates and additional Black History Month events.