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Celebrating Black History Month at Waynesburg University

Sarah Bell Feb 3, 2021

Waynesburg University’s Diversity & Belonging Team, alongside University partners, is offering a series of programs to celebrate Black History Month. Kicking off with last month’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Convocation, the Diversity & Belonging Team's focus for the Spring 2021 semester is celebrating diversity in all forms. Throughout the month of February, Black History Month will be recognized through the following programs.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - “Fences” Movie Night and Discussion

Join Waynesburg’s Student Activities Board (SAB) for a movie night and conversation about “Fences,” which will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in McCance Auditorium. For more information, click here:

Friday, February 5, 2021 - How to Talk About Race with Students (Open to Faculty & Staff Only)

This virtual panel, scheduled at noon, is open to all Waynesburg University faculty and staff who are interested in learning more about engaging in conversations about race with students. A short Q&A session will follow the panel. Panelists include Ezekiel Olagoke, Takashi Suyama, and Jill Moyer Sunday. This panel is hosted in partnership with the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - Points of Light Contest (Submission Deadline)

Submissions are due for the Points of Light contest today! The purpose of the challenge, hosted by the eHIVE and Writing Center, is to tell the story of a leader in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion and how that leader's actions have created meaningful change. For more information, click here:

Friday, February 12, 2021 - The History & Soul of American Music: A Virtual Conversation with Joshua Head

Joshua Head, Founder and Director of CMA Music & Arts and Owner of Headstrate Entertainment, will be leading a virtual conversation titled, “The History & Soul of American Music: How Black Culture and History birthed Hip Hop & Popular Music Genres” on Friday, February 12 at noon. This event is offered in partnership with Waynesburg University's Fine Arts Department.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - “Just Mercy” Movie Night, Discussion, & Service Project

Join Fall 2020 student book group leaders for a movie night and discussion about “Just Mercy.” Learn more about our letters to inmates service project, and check out a copy of the book (“Just Mercy”) to learn the full story. This event is in person, at 8:30 p.m. in Stover Campus Center. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance

Waynesburg University is celebrating 100 years since the thriving Harlem Renaissance through a virtual Core Ensemble performance by Of Ebony Embers on February 18 at noon. Hosted in partnership with the Fine Arts Department, this performance will be offered live as an alternate Assessment Time activity for students. A performance replay will be offered on Monday, February 22 at noon. Click here to view the flyer!

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - Unconscious Bias WUbinar (Open to Faculty, Staff & Alumni Only)

Register now for February’s WUbinar, “Unconscious Bias at Work: Creating a Culture Where Everyone Belongs.” This WUbinar will take place at noon on February 18, and a recording of the event will be available to those who register but are unable to attend live. This event is offered to faculty and staff courtesy of Waynesburg University’s Alumni Office. Click here to learn more and register:

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - Black History Trivia Night

Close out the month by participating in a virtual trivia night focused on Black history, hosted by SAB. Test your knowledge and compete with your friends to earn prizes (and bragging rights). Click here to learn more:

Additional Programs & Activities

  • Black History Month book display in Eberly Library

  • “Talking with Strangers” book group and discussions

  • DeVito Lecture Series (details to be announced)

  • Launch of Spring 2021 International Pen Pal Program


This post will be updated as additional programming and details are finalized.