Muhlenberg College Celebrates Black History Month

A series of programs, available to the Muhlenberg community and the general public, explore historic and current individuals central to Black liberation movements.

 Monday, February 22, 2021 11:52 AM

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The two-part "Blackness, Disability and Our Current Moment" examines the intersections of Blackness and disability in contemporary society. The events will center the experiences of the communities who live at those intersections and their countless contributions to Black liberation movements, including those of our current moment.

The closing event, "Black Excellence: Lifting Our Voices in Solidarity," brings together voices from Muhlenberg College students, faculty and staff with community leaders and experts in diversity and inclusion. The event keynote will be delivered by activist Amanda Hikes, chief equity and inclusion officer for the American Civil Liberties Union and the executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia.

The series of events are sponsored or developed by the Muhlenberg College Africana Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Life and the Black Students Association.

Black History Month Events

“Examining the Intersections of Blackness & Deafness: A Conversation with [Disability Advocate] Michael Agyin”
Wednesday, February 17
6 - 7:30 p.m.

This event is facilitated by Associate Director of Prevention Education Jules Purnell, Director of Multicultural Life Robin Riley-Casey, Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies Emanuela Kucik and the Muhlenberg College Black Students Association executive board.

“Invisible/Chronic Illnesses and Systemic Racism”
Wednesday, February 24
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Zoom Registration

This event is facilitated by Assistant Professor of Sociology Crystal Adams, Associate Provost for Faculty & Diversity Initiatives Brooke Vick, Director of Multicultural Life Robin Riley-Casey and the Muhlenberg College Black Students Association executive board.

"Lifting Our Voices in Solidarity"
Thursday, February 25
5 -7 p.m.
Event Livestream (begins at approximately 4:45 p.m.)
Please note: at approximately 5:45, the livestream will pause for a small number of attendees to participate in Zoom breakout sessions. The livestream will resume at 6:15 p.m.

This event is co-sponsored by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber African American Business Leaders Council and organized by the Muhlenberg College of Multicultural Life. The event keynote will be delivered by activist Amanda Hikes, chief equity and inclusion officer for the American Civil Liberties Union and the executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia.