Black History Month 2012

Philadelphia University will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events throughout February with the theme “Black Women in American History and Culture.” Coordinated through Student Development Programs, in association with student organizations and academic programs, events will include on-campus film screenings, performances, and speakers. Since 1926, February has been annually recognized as Black History Month; commemorating the historical and cultural experiences and contributions of African Americans.

University Sponsored Events:

Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Sunday, January 29, 3:00pm
The Plays and Players Theatre
1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Following the play, the cast will join Dr. Marcella McCoy Deh, Director of the Honors Program at Philadelphia University to discuss the cultural legacy of African-American spirituality and art that connects the world in the play to our lives today.  Sign-up in Kanbar 317 by 5pm on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Tickets will be free for the first 20 people, and will be offered at a discounted price of only $10 per person for anyone thereafter.  SEPTA tokens to get to/from the play will be offered at SDP. Students could take the 32 Bus to Broad & Spruce or Broad & Lombard Streets and walk 3 blocks over to 17th Street. The theater is on Delancey between Spruce and Lombard.

Open Class: Race Conscious Casting
Monday, January 30, 2:00-2:50pm
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Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to join this class, as they discuss the article on Race Conscious Casting in Joe Turner's Come and Gone. This is a perfect follow-up for anyone who has either attended or read the play.  It is also a great way to learn about this award- winning play if you have not had any prior exposure.

Multicultural Recognition and Discussion
Thursday, February 2, 2012, 6-8pm
Kanbar 306
Sponsored by Black Student Union
Celebrate your heritage, potluck style! This event is open to anyone and everyone. We ask that you please bring a dish to share with others; something that represents your culture or background. Not an up and coming chef? No worries! People can also contribute by bringing along other things that represent their background, such as art work or even pictures of their families to show-off and discuss.

Super Bowl Party
Sunday, February 5, 6-11pm
Falls Center Basement
Sponsored by Black Student Union
Following the big game, come talk about the teams, the players, and all of the silly commercials with your peers. This event is open to all students, faculty, and staff to attend. BSU members will be providing light refreshments, but please consider bringing along some chips and salsa (or anything else you may want to snack on) to share with others.

Bob Marley’s Birthday Recognition
Monday, February 6, 2012
Kanbar Info Desk and throughout Kanbar Campus Center during the day; at Ravenhill in the evening
To pay tribute to the late, great Bob Marley, his music will be played in Kanbar and students, faculty, and staff may have their pictures taken with “Bob Marley” by stopping by the Info Desk. In addition, in the evening, Ravenhill will have a Caribbean-themed menu in honor of Bob Marley’s B-Day

Real Women Speak
Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 12:30-2pm
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The Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) presents "Real Women Speak". An open dialogue that engages women to talk about media's depiction of women of color. Independent, business minded, and young these women push the envelope and challenge one other to steer away from stereotypes or negative images. These women create their own perceptions, make their own mark, and blaze their own trail for future women of color to emulate and prosper.

Universal Thoughts of a Black Man, Volume 1
Tuesday, February 7, 6-8pm
Kanbar 314
Guest Speaker Poetry Reading, Discussion, and BSU General Meeting
Reggie Walker will share some of the poetry from his latest book “Universal Thoughts of a Black Man, Volume 1,” answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of his work for anyone who would like to purchase a copy (optional… The cost is $7 to purchase a book).

The Effects of Rap and Hip-hop on Stereotypes and the Black Community
Thursday, February 9, 6-8pm
Kanbar 306
There is an ongoing debate on the effects of rap and hip-hop on the African-American community. Does rap and hip-hop define the black culture and is it helping to create negative stereotypes?

Alumni Speakers: Men's Empowerment
Friday, February 10, 6-8pm
Kanbar 306
Although the theme of this year’s Black History Month focuses on women, we’d like to take some time to highlight male achievement as well. Come learn about what some of our alumni are doing, and hear about the path they took to get where they are today.

African-American Iconic Images Mural Arts Tour
Saturday, February 11, 2012, 1-3pm
Meet at RAM Statue by 12:45pm
FREE, but advanced sign-ups are required; click HERE to sign-up for this event.
Like all great cities, Philadelphia has its share of murals that decorate buildings and neighborhoods. The works done by the Mural Arts Program (MAP) - the nation's largest mural program - stand out for their beauty, uniqueness, and oversized themes. This tour will focus on murals themed around African American history. Sponsored by Student Development Programs and the Writing Program.

Open Class: Hip Hop Afrique
Monday, February 13, 2012, 2-3:15pm
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Professor Richard Shain’s course will explore how contemporary African youth have used hip-hop to protest political corruption and economic stagnation and promote cultural pride.

Valentine’s Day Bake Sale
Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 12:30-2pm
Kanbar Vending Tables
The Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Bake sale. Students will have the opportunity to buy candy grams for their lovers, kin, or friends. Brownies, cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, and roses are just some of the treats that will be offered. Happy Valentines Day!

Black Business Panel
Thursday, February 16, 2012, 6-8pm
Kanbar 306
Speakers include: Ray Thompson, Sr.;  Lockeed Martain Market Segment Lead, Clinical Technologies; Danielle Hines; Attorney Member, National Bar Association; and Cheryl Ann Wadlington; author, stylist and founder of Evoluer House.

Black History Month Dance
Friday, February 17, 10pm-2am
Downs Auditorium
Part-fundraiser, part-party, all-around good time. The cost for attending this event? A mere $3 per person, which will all go towards supporting future BSU programs. This event is open to non-PhilaU students, so please encourage your friends and family to attend! An area DJ will be playing tunes all night and requests for songs/artists are welcome!

Education in Black America
Thursday, February 23, 2012, 6-8pm
Kanbar 306
This discussion will touch on the success rate of African-American students in private and public school systems. We will also discuss the rate of black males and black females in college and the importance of education in the black community.

Talent Showcase
Friday, February 24, 2012, 7-9pm
Downs Auditorium
This event is open to the Philadelphia community, so please encourage your friends and family to attend this event with you. The cost is $3 with a Philadelphia University ID, and it is $5 without a PhilaU ID.  If you have “the performance bug,” contact BSU for the cure—they are currently accepting requests to perform, from both the PhilaU community and other area schools.

Women of Color Panel
Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 12:30-2pm
Kanbar 306
This panel will feature various women leaders from the PhilaU campus community and is designed to share experiences and advice from successful faculty and staff of color at PhilaU.  This program is cosponsored by the Black History Month and Women's History Month planning groups.

Black History Month Closing Event: Soul Food Café
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 8-10pm
Kanbar Living Room + Kanbar Performance Space
Soul Food Café, African Drumming and Dancing, and Open Mic Night open to the community.  All students, faculty, staff, friends and familyare encouraged to join us for this exciting evening, filled with good food and great performers! The “Universal African Drum and Dance Ensemble” will have roughly 20 performers at this event, and attendees will be encouraged to share their spoken prose, poetry, and songs.

SOUL Food Luncheon & Dinner Series

Soul food is derived from prized southern dishes during the American slavery era. It's an African American cuisine and Soul Food is mostly known as Southern or comfort food, is the foundation for bringing back memories of family dinners and special celebrations. This method of cooking also introduced the foundation from which many popular dishes are made from today.

Enjoy soul food on the following dates:
February 1, 2012 - Common Thread
February 2, 2012 - Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner) 
February 8, 2012 - Common Thread 
February 9, 2012 - Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner) 
February 15, 2012 - Common Thread 
February 16, 2012 - Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner) 
February 22, 2012 - Common Thread 
February 23, 2012 - Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner)
February 29, 2012 - Common Thread

The Soul Food Series is coordinated with the support of Dining Services.

Philadelphia Area Events:

Trip to the African-American Museum
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Sponsored by Black Student Union
Registration information will be announced at the Multicultural Recognition and Discussion event on 2/2, so if you are interested, be sure to attend that meeting!

Inclusive Leadership Conference
Saturday, February 11, 2012, 10am-4:30pm
Temple University
Cost is $10 per person, but scholarshios are available.  To register, visit Student Activities Office in Kanbar 301 by Friday, February 3, 2012.

Penn Museum: Imagine Africa- Community Afternoon
Saturday, February 18, 2012, 1-4pm
SEPTA Tokens available in Student Development Programs for transportation.

Penn Museum: Imagine Africa- Contemporary South African Performance
Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 6pm
Pay-what-you-want Admission.  Tokens available in Kanbar 317 for transportation purposes


Contact Information:

Student Development Programs
Kanbar Campus Center, Suite 317
phone: (215) 951-2634
fax: (215) 951-2644


Campus address: 
The Kanbar Campus Center, Suite 317

Mailing address: 
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497