Each February, Muhlenberg celebrates Black History Month, with campus-wide programming sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Life, the Black Students Association and the Black Students Association.
In recent years, the celebration has embraced a theme that ties together a central element across the events and programs. In 2022, the Muhlenberg community will embrace the beauty and power of the Black experience with the theme “A Love Letter to Blackness.” This uplifting theme is designed to express love for Blackness in a world full of anti-Blackness.
This year, Muhlenberg College is expanding that celebration with the theme of “A Love Letter to Black Activism: Celebrating Agents of Change Around the World.”
Programming includes a lecture by Princeton University’s Ruha Benjamin, a professor of African American studies, a panel discussion with Black activists and an activism workshop and a film screening for Neptune Frost.
Below is a full listing of the events and programs this month.
A Love Letter to Black Activism: Celebrating Agents of Change Around The World
Viral Justice with Dr. Ruha Benjamin, professor of African American studies at Princeton University
Thursday, February 16 at 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Miller Forum in Moyer Hall
Neptune Frost Film Screening
Friday, February 24 at 4 p.m.
The Office of Multicultural Life Celebration of Black Activism at Muhlenberg
Sunday, February 26 at 2 p.m., Seegers Union Event Space
Learning From Agents of Change: A Conversation with Black Activists
Monday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. via Zoom
Becoming Agents of Change: An Activism Workshop
Tuesday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m. - 7p.m., location TBA
The following offices and departments co-organized the BHM programming as a whole: The Chief Diversity Officer; The Faculty Fellow in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; The Africana Studies Program; The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program; the Office of Multicultural Life. The Black Student Association, Queer Trans People of Color Collective and the Men of Color Network also contributed to planning the OML celebration, and Drew Swedberg '17, co-organized the film screening alongside Emanuela Kucik.
The co-sponsors for the event with Dr. Benjamin are as follows: The Office of the Chief Diversity Officer; the Faculty Fellowship Program in DEI Initiatives; the Africana Studies Program; the Office of the Provost; the Office of the President; the Office of the Dean of Students; the Center for Ethics; Mathematics and Computer Science; Media and Communication; Sociology and Anthropology; the Office of Prevention Education; the Office of Equity and Title IX.
Additionally, here is the breakdown of the co-organizers for each of the individual events:
- Dr. Benjamin's Event: Brooke Vick; Emanuela Kucik; Connie Wolfe; Lori Flatto
- Neptune Frost Screening: Drew Swedberg; Emanuela Kucik
- OML Celebration: Robin Riley-Casey; BSA; QTPOCC; MCN;
- Activism Panel: Emanuela Kucik; Elena FitzPatrick Sifford
- Activism Workshop: Emanuela Kucik; Elena FitzPatrick Sifford