Presbyterian College - Black History Month

NEARBY - NEWBERRY COLLEGE HOSTS BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT SERIES   NEWBERRY – Newberry College will mark Black History Month throughout February with a series of events to celebrate important people and events in the history of African-Americans and the African diaspora. All events are free and open to the public. CALENDAR OF EVENTS Feb. 12 – Trivia Tuesday: Black History, 8 p.m., Steele Student Center. Hosted by the Office of Residence Life and the Social Justice Club. Feb. 13 – And When They Wake Up: Black Lives Matter, Rap and Activism, featuring instructor and researcher Najja K. Baptist, 7:30 p.m., Gnann Center-Center for Teacher Education. Presented by the Newberry College Multicultural Committee and the Political Science program. Feb. 19 – Poetry Slam, 8 p.m., AMC Recital Hall. Hosted by ACE and the Social Justice Club. Feb. 21 – Movie Night: “The Hate U Give,” 7:30 p.m., McClurg Center 215. Presented by the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Diversity Education and the Social Justice Club. Feb. 28 – Soul Food Dinner and Stroll Off performance by National Pan-Hellenic Council members, 6:30 p.m., Kaufmann Dining Hall. Food prepared by Sodexo Dining Services. Sponsored by Diversity Education and the Social Justice Club.  

Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future: A PC Celebration of Black History Month


Presbyterian College observes Black History Month with a lecture and campus events throughout February.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Crystal R. Sanders, associate professor of history and African American studies at Penn State University.

Sanders will speak on the College campus Thursday, Feb. 28 on the topic, “Hidden Histories and Forgotten Folks: What the Past Can Teach Us About Our Current Moment.” 

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in Kuhne Auditorium in Neville Hall. The program is free and open to the public. A reception will precede the event in Cornelson Center Lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m.

About the Speaker

Dr. Crystal R. Sanders directs the Africana Research Center at Penn State. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and public policy from Duke University and a Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University. Her dissertation received both the C. Vann Woodward Prize from the Southern Historical Association and the Claude Eggertsen Prize from the History of Education Society.  

Sanders is the author of numerous articles, essays and op-eds that have appeared in a variety of outlets including “The Journal of Southern History,” the “The Journal of African American History,” “The History of Education Quarterly” and the “North Carolina Historical Review.”

Her first book, “A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi’s Black Freedom Struggle,” was published by UNC Press as part of its John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture. 

The book received the New Scholar’s Book Award from the American Educational Research Association (Division F) and the Critics’ Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association. The book was also a finalist for the Benjamin Hooks National Book Award. Her other awards and honors include the Huggins-Quarles Award from the Organization of American Historians and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the Spencer Foundation. Sanders is currently working on a new book project about African American efforts to secure graduate education during the age of Jim Crow. 

Events on Campus

Two events are planned before Sanders’ talk on Feb. 28. Jacqueline Chiari, assistant director of Student Involvement & Multicultural Programs, said it’s “exciting” to see offices across campus plan events to celebrate Black History Month at PC with the community and students.

“There's a good mix of events that examine and celebrate the past, affirm the present, and empower us to look ahead and embrace hope for the future,” Chiari said. 

Kai Davis, a Philadelphia poet whose work deals with topics of race, gender, power and sexuality will perform spoken word at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in Kuhne Auditorium. This event is also free and open to faculty and staff.

During the Multicultural Student Union’s "Let's Talk About It" event, students and staff will discuss the cultural and historical impact of Al Jolson, an early 20th-century performer who wore blackface during many of his performances. This event will take place on Feb. 20 in Kuhne Auditorium at 8 p.m. The event is open to faculty and staff.

“Making sure our black students feel acknowledged, included and celebrated is important,” Chiari said. “Just as important is making sure that our non-black community members take advantage of opportunities to more deeply understand the experiences and talents of African Americans."   

To learn more PC’s Black History Month events, please visit our events page.

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