​​​​​Black History Month began as “Negro History Week” in 1926. It was created by historian and educator Carter G. Woodson. The month of February was selected to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. The celebration was eventually expanded to a month in 1976 – America’s bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” 

The State System joins the country in celebration of African Americans who continue to struggle with adversity and systemic racism as they pursue their American Dream. Below are some of the ways State System universities are celebrating. 

To learn more about Black history, I also encourage you to connect with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, which was established in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, “the Father of Black History.”

Enjoy the celebrations!

​Bloomsburg University

February 17, 2021, 6 p.m.
28th Annual MLK Jr. Commemorative Speaker: “Lessons from the Later Dr. King”
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies

California University

February 4, 2021, 11 a.m.
‘Policing in Dichotomous Worlds’: Black Law Enforcers/Black Lives Matter.’
Panel discussion: Dr. Mathilda Spencer, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, Moderator- Members of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcer Executives)​

Cheyney University

Thursday, February 5, 2021, 4-6 p.m. 
Alumni Invitational 2021: The Incredible Art of Amir Campbell

Clarion University

February 22, 2021, 6:30 p.m. 
Eric Deggans: Building Bridges Instead of Walls: Decoding Media's Confusing Coverage of Race and Culture

East Stroudsburg University

February 25, 2021, 6 p.m.
"I Am A Man": Processing Black Male Masculinity, Love and Mental Health
Featuring Dominique Washington, MS - Poet, Author, Higher Ed Professional ​

Edinboro University 

February 25, 2021, 12:30 pm 
Edinboro University Black History Month Keynote: The importance of Black History Month Today
Dr. Shavonne R. Shorter, Assoc. Professor, Communication Studies and Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Indiana University

February 8, 2021, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Six O’clock Series: Five Dangerous Myths about Black People in America
Part of Black History Month programming, this presentation will feature IUP’s Jeremy McCool and will strive to debunk stereotypes about Black Americans – where they stem from, and how they impact the community. 

Kutztown University

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 4:00pm.
“When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Moderated Dialogue with Patrisse Cullors”
This moderated discussion will explore the many roles of Patrisse Cullors: Social Activist, Best-selling Author of When They Call You A Terrorist & Co-Creator of the Viral Twitter Hashtag and Movement, #BlackLivesMatter

Lock Haven University

February 24, 2021, 6 p.m.
LHU Black History Alumni Panel

Mansfield University

February 16, 2021, 7 p.m.

Diversity Dialogue w/ Diversity & Inclusion Council and Multicultural Affairs (RSVP event)

Millersville University

February 17, 2021 at 12:00pm 

Strength Based for Mother-Wit: Exploring the practices and pedagogies that have aided you in pivoting the barriers of the COVID-19 crisis.

Dr. Felicia Brown-Haywood LPC, NCC 

Shippensburg University

Thursday, February 25, 3:30 pm
Students of Color Roundtable Unapologetically Black: Enough is Enough
“A Student 2 Student Experience” presented by Multicultural Student Affairs and sponsored by the Ask. Communicate. Teach Tolerance (ACT) student organization.

Slippery Rock University

February 10, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
Rock Talk: What Does America Mean for Queer and Trans People of Color ​
SRU's Pride Center hosts a discussion featuring queer and transgender people of color sharing their experiences living in America.

West Chester University

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 6:45 p.m.
Making History: Black Voters and Black Women - Black History Month Speaker: Nyle Fort
Dowdy Multicultural Center and the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion