In recent years, the celebration has embraced a theme that ties together a central element across the events and programs. In 2021, during the theme “Blackness, Disability and our Current Moment,” the Muhlenberg community explored the individuals and causes central to the historic and current Black liberation movements as well as the intersections of Blackness and disability. That year’s programming also included a Black Excellence Celebration.
In 2022 the Muhlenberg community embraced the beauty and power of the Black experience with the theme “A Love Letter to Blackness.” This uplifting theme was designed to express love for Blackness in a world full of anti-Blackness.
Programming included a special performance by poet Lester Mayers, a film screening and discussion around Judas and the Black Messiah and the unveiling of a newly-mined historic record of the Black experience at Muhlenberg College.
The month-long celebration concluded with the traditional Black History Month gala, which features a keynote speech by Allentown community leader Hasshan Batts.