Black History Month 2020

Reflecting on Black Femininity: The Year of the Woman


Monday, February 3 from 6 to 7:30pm (MPR): BHM Keynote Address by Dr. Brittney Cooper, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies, Rutgers University – New Brunswick.

Dr. Brittney Cooper kicks off Black History Month 2020 with the Ida. B. Wells-Barnett Lecture.  Dr. Cooper is co-editor of The Crunk Feminist Collection (The Feminist Press 2017). She is author of Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (University of Illinois Press, May 2017) and Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s, February 2018).  For more info, contact Dr. Keith Green at


Tuesday, February 4 from 12:45-1:45pm (MPR): Black Lives Matter in Schools.

Join us for “Speak Up!” an event in support of the 2020 Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action. Participants are invited to share poetry, music, readings, or personal stories and reflections on racial justice in education. This year’s theme is “Things My Teacher Told Me.” Lunch will be provided. If you or your group is interested in getting involved, please contact Natalie Moore-Bembry at


Thursday, February 6 from 12:45-1:45 (Penn 401): Black History Month Edition of “Beyond the Mill” with host Dr. Oscar Holmes IV, and special guests Rhasheda Douglas, professor of law, and Dr. Keith Green, professor of English.

Rhasheda S. Douglas is Assistant Dean of the Minority Student Program (MSP), which is part of the Law School’s ongoing commitment to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within the Law School and in the legal community.  For more info, contact Dr. Oscar Holmes IV at  


Sunday, February 9 from 2-5pm (MPR): Screening of PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.

PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools is a documentary film by Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. and Women in the Room Productions.  It encourages a robust conversation about how to reduce the criminalization of Black girls in our nation’s learning environments. Sponsored by Lady Leaders of Color (

Tuesday, February 11 from 5-6:30pm (Campus Gymnasium): Introduction to Tai Chi

The African origins of martial arts are one of the many little-known facts of Black history.  Come learn more about – and practice – this beautiful martial arts form with Grandmaster Malik Cadwell.  For more information, contact 

Wednesday, February 12 from 12:20-1:50 (South BC): Panel Discussion: Black 2020: Where Are We and Where Are We Going? Moderated by Dr. Wayne Glasker.

As the nation approaches the 2020 presidential election, the African American community is again in focus. Nevertheless, public policy is often ineffective in addressing issues that disproportionately affect Black people.  Join us for a panel of distinguished thinkers and community activists as they explore the meaning of Black political action and consciousness in 2020.  For more information, contact Dr. Wayne Glasker at

Tuesday, February 18 from 12:45-1:45 (Writers House, first floor): Tribute to Toni Morrison

Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison died last year at the age of 88. She penned eleven novels and several children’s books, short stories, plays, essays, and scholarly . On her birthday, we celebrate the Presidential Medal of Honor recipient by speaking the words she crafted so carefully. Come and read your favorite passage from any work by Toni Morrison. During the month of February, you can also stop by the Writers House and participate in a writing prompt based on a Morrison work!  For more info, contact Dr. Keith Green at

February 18 from 6-7:30pm (Raptor Roost) join us for a “Courageous Conversation” with Brian Phillips and Sarah Blackman.  

“Courageous Conversation” has existed for 3 years as a safe and inclusive space to critically dialogue about race and interfused issues surrounding race.  This is a place where, in good faith, we as a community can grapple with tough topics and not feel ashamed, a place where we come away enlightened and a place where even the facilitators learn and grow.  For more information, contact Tiaira Neale at

Black American Music Concert (BAM) Saturday, February 22 at 7:30 PM in the Walter K. Gordon Theater.

Join us for a celebration of the music that defines the beauty, struggle, and triumph of Black people in the Americas. Admission is free.  For more info, contact Professor Joseph Streater at


Thursday, February 20, from 12-3pm (Paul Robeson Library), BHM Transcribe-a-Thon for Mary Church Terrell.

Help the library transcribe the letters and diaries of Mary Church Terrell, founding president of the National Association of Colored Women. No prior knowledge or experience necessary! Transcribing these documents makes them searchable, readable, and more accessible to the world. Mary Church Terrell was born into a prosperous Memphis family and graduated from Oberlin College in 1895. She became the first black woman appointed to the District of Columbia Board of Education. Terrell spent her life fighting for the causes of universal suffrage, and the freedom and equality of men and women of all colors in the eyes of the law. For more information, contact Samantha Kannegiser at

On Monday, February 24 from 12:30-1:50, Antonne Henshaw lecture, “Fictions of Masculinity” (Fine Arts 221)

Antonne Henshaw is the Vice President of Women Who Never Give Up Inc. and the Executive Director of C.A.N.D.O. Camden Afrikan Neighborhood Development Organization located at Dare Academy in the City of Camden. Antonne has dedicated himself to eradicating mass incarceration and changing legislation to end the structural violence that threatens the public health of our communities. For more info, please email Dr. Shanyn Fiske at

On Wednesday, February 26 from 6 to 8:30pm (MPR A), join us for a screening of the 2019 film Harriet.

Come and watch the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of enslaved people and changed the course of history. For more info, contact Dr. Shauna Shames at or Dr. Keith Green at


On Friday, February 28 at 10am (Gordon Theater), “I Have a Dream.”

The phenomenal impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is chronicled in this compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the American Century. Inspired by the arrest of Rosa Parks, Dr. King puts his philosophy of nonviolent protest to work. You must call to reserve space.

Appropriate for Students Grades 3-12. School Audiences & Families: $8.00 per ticket; Camden, NJ students & residents and all others: $10.00 per ticket.  For more info, contact Miranda Powell at 856.225.6202 or