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Susquehanna Celebrates Black History Month

Alumni and Students of Color Celebration

February 04, 2020

Susquehanna University offers a variety of events in celebration of Black History Month.

Susquehanna’s Black Student Union (BSU) will host several events this month:

  • A showcase and reception at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in Isaacs Auditorium.
  • “My Black is Beautiful” photo campaign, Mellon Lounge, Feb. 10-14.
  • Two movie nights: “Moonlight” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in Faylor Lecture Hall in Fisher Hall, and “Spiderman into the Spiderverse” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in 18th Street Commons.
  • Slam poetry night at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in Charlie’s Coffeehouse.
  • Creator’s Night: Art, Music, Business at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in Mellon Lounge in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.

The photo exhibition “Sons, Seeing the Modern African American Male” will continue at the Lore Degenstein Gallery through March 1. The portraits in this exhibition explore how the black American male perceives himself and how he is perceived by others. Charlotte, North Carolina, artist Jerry Taliaferro photographed and videotaped each of the men for the collection, who were selected from Susquehanna University and the greater Susquehanna River Valley.

Exhibits elsewhere on campus highlight the significant contributions of African Americans worldwide, as well as our very own Susquehanna students. Displays can be viewed in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Blough-Weis Library through Feb. 29.

Fraternity Phi Beta Sigma will hold a Black History Month essay contest at Selinsgrove Area High School Feb. 10-29.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will host a Black Love Film Discussion about “Poetic Justice” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, and “She Hate Me” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, both in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion on the lower level of the Degenstein Campus Center.

TRAX will host ZUZU African Acrobatics at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.

Susquehanna’s Professional Internship and Employment Readiness program is sponsoring a trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The University Orchestra, under the direction of Jordan Randall Smith, visiting assistant professor of music, will perform the Third Symphony by Florence Price, the first African American woman to have a work performed by a major symphony orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, in Stretansky Concert Hall.

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