Ilyasah Shabazz

Black History Month

Albert Jones

Black History Month is a time for celebrating and recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. History. Black History Month grew out of Negro History Week, the brainchild of Carter G. Woodson, which was established in 1926.

Bloomsburg University and the office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is committed to providing a safe and welcoming living/learning/working environment for all faculty, staff and students. Education is key to combating racism, hatred, stereotyping and discrimination against all people from all walks of life. Educational programming, interactive events and engaging activities helps to create and support an inclusive campus community at Bloomsburg University. 

     —  Albert W. Jones, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Black History Month Programs

Highlight Program
29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program
Professor and author Ilyasah Shabazz,
daughter of Malcolm X

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m.
Carver Hall, K.S. Gross Auditorium
The event is sponsored by The Multicultural Center and the Division of Access and Success. It will be live-streamed at:  https://bupmediasite.passhe.edu/Mediasite/Play/44a7b365f3c44b85bf1a3cd1649204771d

More information.


Crucial Conversation
Topic: I'm Okay (But I'm Suffering Mentally)

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 5 to 6 p.m.
Kehr Union, Multicultural Center

 Why is it essential to talk about Mental health? What is the reason for people not expressing how they feel? How can we break down mental health stigma? All questions we as individuals want to understand. In this dialogue, We will discuss the importance of mental health while diving into the statement, "It's okay to not be okay." Understanding the importance of speaking up instead of being silent, Learning to seek help when necessary, and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health.

Presented by CSA Graduate Student Dajoun Bell
Guest: Dr. Whitney Robenolt, Psy.D., assistant professor, psychological counselor


Day of Silence
To recall and honor people who have affected the Black community

Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Following will be a conversation about the significance of the day at 8:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center, Kehr Union room 230. 


Black History Month Movie Series

Thursday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m.

Selma Movie

Kehr Union, Multicultural Center, room 230
“Selma.” Based on the historic 1965 march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that helped guarantee equal voting rights for Black people and galvanize the Civil Rights Movement. The film follows the three-month period leading up to the march to Montgomery.

Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m.
Kehr Union, Multicultural Center, room 230
“The Harder They Fall.” Starring Jonathan Majors as outlaw, Nat Love, who discovers his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison. Love rounds up his gang to track down Buck and seek revenge in this “righteously new school Western.” 

Friday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m.
Kehr Union, Multicultural Center, room 230
“Judas and the Black Messiah.” The film follows Fred Hampton, a young, charismatic activist, who becomes Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party.


Black Art Gala

Thursday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.
Kehr Union Multipurpose Room B.

The Black Art Gala is dedicated to showcasing Black artists in the community. The event will allow artists of all forms to network and share their creativity.


Sankofa Conference
Speaker: Dr. Nyle Fort, Critical Race Theory and a Country in Crisis 

Saturday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m.
Kehr Union, Ballroom


Black Wall Street 

Monday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Kehr Union, Multicultural Center, room 230

Black Wall Street, is a space for Black businesses of all sizes to showcase their products and services. The BU student community is encouraged to support the businesses that are by and for them.