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Berks hosts African-American History Month events

In observance of African-American History Month, Penn State Berks will host a variety of events and programs throughout the month of February: events are only open to students of the college unless otherwise noted.

  • Feb. 1:
    Laugh Out Loud with Drew Thomas, 9:00 p.m., room 145 Thun Library. Presentation, 1:00 p.m., Perkins Student Center Auditorium
  • Feb. 3:
    Student lunch with Tuskegee Airmen, 11:30 a.m., room 145 Thun Library. Presentation, 1:00 p.m., Perkins Student Center Auditorium, open to the public* 
  • Feb. 6:
    Alvin Ailey Dance Theater at the John Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., followed by dinner at SAKI, bus leaves campus at 8:30 a.m. 
  • Feb. 16:
    Jitters Coffeehouse presents vocalist Rudy Currence, 9:00 p.m., Perkins Student Center Multipurpose Room 
  • Feb. 17:
    Film: My Slave Sister Myself, followed by a discussion led by Gwen Ragsdale, co-owner of the Lest We Forget Museum, 1:00 p.m., room 3, Perkins Student Center 
  • Feb. 23:
    Montford Point Marines Presentation, a veterans organization promoting the legacy of the first African Americans who entered the Marine Corps from 1942 to 1949 at Montford Point Camp in North Carolina, 8:00 p.m., Perkins Student Center Multipurpose Room 
  • Feb. 24:
    Cultural Event: "Mr. Trombone" Harold Betters, 7:30 p.m., Perkins Student Center Multipurpose Room, open to the public* 
  • Feb. 25:
    Jitters Coffeehouse presents spoken-word artist Kidd Poet, 9:00 p.m., Perkins Student Center Multipurpose Room

In addition, as part of the Higher Education Council of Berks County, the college is one of the sponsors of the a lecture titled "The Changing Politics of Race in the Age of Barack Obama," by acclaimed associate professor at Princeton University and award-winning author Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Ph.D., on Monday, February 15, at 6:00 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Memorial Chapel at Albright College.

For more information, please contact Karen Kihurani, Coordinator of Multicultural Programs, at 610-396-6080 or via e-mail at kek5@psu.edu or contact the Office of Campus Life at 610-396-6076.

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