Throughout February, you can honor Black History Month with a variety of events and activities.
Members of the La Salle community can immerse themselves in Black history, past and present, through on-campus discussions and performances, along with off-campus exhibitions, live theater, and more.
Check out what’s happening this month to celebrate Black History Month:
La Salle’s African American Student League (AASL) will host a variety of events this month.
On the library’s first floor, the La Salle community can view a display honoring Black History Month. The exhibit will highlight notable African American graduates who went on to become doctors, activists, professional athletes, and politicians, with photographs, newspapers, and yearbooks sourced from the University Archives, as well as Black actors represented in the Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War Collection from the University’s Special Collections.
The History, Global Languages, Literatures, and Perspectives, Black Studies Departments, and The Multicultural & International Center host will host a discussion in Founders Hall auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. Walter Greason, Ph.D., chair of Macalester College’s Department of History will be in attendance to discuss “Philadelphia, Afrofuturism and, The Future of Wakanda.”
In collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia, the Department of Education is co-hosting a documentary screening and talkback. Held on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 6–8:30 p.m. in Founders’ Hall, guests will watch The Sun Rises in the East documentary. Discussion will follow. This free event is open to all La Salle students, faculty, and staff.
The La Salle community is invited to Founders’ Hall on Thursday, Feb. 23, for a screening of Till. Popcorn and refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the movie and discussion to follow.
The AAMP hosts An Evening Conversation with Dr. Bernice A. King on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. The speaking engagement, held at The Beloved Community at Mother Bethel AME Church, will focus on community. Dr. King is the CEO of The King Center, where she is focused on ensuring a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love.
Similar to last year, the Besty Ross House is hosting special programming on February weekends to spotlight Black Americans’ contributions to the nation’s history. Events include the retelling of James Forten’s life, an African American abolitionist, and Once Upon a Nation Storytelling, little-known stories of Black Americans. (This programming is free.)
Visit the Victorian House Museum and Garden for a guided tour. Deep Rivers: How African Americans Waded through the Waters of Oppression to Achieve Greatness showcases the lives, stories, and achievements of 19th-century Black entrepreneurs, intellectuals, and artisans. (By appointment only. Tickets are $10. Tickets for residents in the 19144 ZIP code are $5.)
The Free Library is putting on a variety of programming at various locations or virtually during the month of February. Events include panel conversations, hands-on activities, and book discussions. (Most programming is free. Check the library’s website for full details.)
The Kimmel Cultural Campus and the Philadelphia Orchestra commemorate Black History Month with orchestral and theatrical performances, along with performances from the Philadelphia Ballet and Opera Philadelphia. Other programming includes Wanda Sykes entertaining audiences on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4, and Drumline Live on Friday, Feb. 17. For a full listing of events, visit kimmelculturalcampus.org/events-and-tickets. (Ticket prices vary. Student discounts are available.)
Opening on Saturday, Feb. 11, the Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia special exhibition tells the story of James Forten, a businessman, philanthropist, and abolitionist, and his descendants. Visitors will be guided through the Forten story through the American Revolution and racial relations in Philadelphia. The family would become leaders in the abolition movement leading to the Civil War and the women’s suffrage movement. (Student discounts are available.)
The Center is offering a variety of programming during the month of February. Visitors can participate in exhibits like The Road to Freedom: The Story of Slavery in America, The Four Harriets of History, and the Self-Guided African American Artifact Tour. Virtual discussions and online resources are also available. A full listing of events is available at NCC’s website. (Student discounts are available.)