WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events sponsored by the College's Black History Month Committee with collaboration from the Campus Activities Board, the Black Student Union and the Office of Alumni Relations.
Film screenings of "For Colored Girls" will be held Feb. 4-6 in Heim G-11, Barclay Lecture Hall, at 8 p.m. Based on a play by Ntozake Shange, the film depicts the interconnected lives of nine women, exploring their lives and struggles as women of color.
Lycoming's 6th Annual Black History Month Dinner will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, with a social hour beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:45 p.m. in the Jane Shultz Room, Wertz Student Center. This year's guest speaker will be Dr. Walter T. Dunston, a 1957 Lycoming alumnus. Advanced tickets are required.
On Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., students have the opportunity to attend the stage production "N*GGER W*ETBACK CH*NK" at the Pennsylvania College of Technology Academic Center Auditorium. The show blends theater, hip-hop, stand-up comedy, slam poetry and the original styles of three performers who take on racial slurs, stereotypes and the concept of race itself. Lycoming students should reserve tickets through the College's Office of Student Programs.
On Monday, Feb. 21, Dr. Andrew Leiter, assistant professor of English at Lycoming, will hold a fireside chat titled "Music and Civil Rights," at 7 p.m. on the first floor of Snowden Library. The casual conversation will center on African-American musical expression as it reflects the long struggle for civil justice.
On Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m., spoken word artist Outspoken Bean will perform in Jack's Corner, Wertz Student Center. Outspoken Bean started performing spoken word in 2003. In 2006, he made the San Antonio Slam Team and the Houston Poetry Slam Team. His drive can be heard in his words and seen when he performs. During his senior year of college, he formed and coached Prairie View A&M's first Poetry Slam Team. The team won the number one title in Region 12 (Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana) and went on to be ranked eighth in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
On Monday, Feb. 28, Dr. Richard Hughes, professor of religion at Lycoming, will host a fireside chat titled "The Children of the Civil Rights Movement" at 7 p.m. on the first floor of Snowden Library. As a participant in the Civil Rights Movement, Hughes marched with children in the Selma voting rights campaign of 1965, and worked in support of children in the Boston School Desegregation Struggle. He will discuss these experiences as well as police brutality against children in Birmingham, Ala., and Jackson, Miss.
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
For Colored Girls