Millersville University recognizes February as Black History Month, also called Black Heritage Month. Throughout the month, events have been planned to inform the community about Black heritage, as well as celebrate it.
The University’s Intercultural Center for Student Engagement is hosting virtual master classes where students can learn about and discuss various topics on Black heritage. The class on February 24 will examine privilege and how it can be better understood.
The center will host movie Mondays throughout the month. Some of the films scheduled are “The Gospel According to Andre,” “The Apollo” and “Respect.” The center will celebrate the World Day of Social Justice on February 21 in the Student Memorial Center.
There will be events to bring together and celebrate members of the LGBTQ+ community. Hosted in the SMC, Tuesday Tabling events will give those students a chance to congregate and discuss various topics regarding the LGBTQ+ community. For example, on February 22 discussion will be based around Aromantic Awareness Week. A queer/transgender people of color meetup will occur on Valentine’s Day.
In addition to the film screenings and master classes other activities include DIY embroidery on the 9th and a queer/transgender people of color bingo game held on the 25th.
The Ware Center has events throughout the month honoring Black heritage. Here are just a few
Art Exhibit – all month (free) THE ROAD TO FREEDOM TAKES MANY PATHS, is a combination of photographs, illustrations and maps, including explanatory text notes that describe Lancaster and Southeastern Pennsylvania’s African American heritage, with significant content about the Underground Railroad. The materials depict the period from the Colonial era and Revolutionary War through the first half of the 20th century.
Storyteller – Charlotte Blake Alston will present “Stories and Songs from the Oral Tradition”on Saturday, February 12. The award-winning artist will select from her wide repertoire of African and African American stories and songs that were shared for hundreds of years throughout the African continent.
On Friday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. a trio of singers will take the stage in Steinman Hall with “Bessie, Billie & Nina: Pioneering Women in Jazz.” From the Jim Crow era-South through the turbulent 1960s, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone were among the most influential and popular singers of their times. The performance will feature Charenée Wade, Tahira Clayton and Vanisha Gould backed by an all-female band as they celebrate the legacies of these three performers.
Speak to my Soul: A Montage of Voices is scheduled for two shows on Saturday, Feb. 26. The show is a choreo-poem conceived by artist and activist Evita Colón that uses spoken word, song, and dance to voice the stories of the collective Black experience in America. The journey follows the spoken word of griots/poets who speak powerfully through the soul of Black folk through an evolution of movements in American history as it comes to life on stage. It is a raw, honest, and heartfelt display as each poet speaks from existing in a world that tries its best to erase Black people, influence, and identity.
For tickets and more information about the Ware Center events, visit: https://artsmu.com/