Lycoming College celebrates Black History Month

Lycoming College celebrates Black History Month

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Lycoming College scheduled several events in celebration of Black History Month. The events were sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, Black Student Union, Black History Month Committee, Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development and Office of Alumni Relations.

Lycoming's seventh annual Black History Month Dinner was held Saturday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. in the College's Wertz Student Center. The guest speaker was V. Chapman-Smith, a 1972 Lycoming graduate. She is the regional strategic liaison in the Office of the Chief Operations Officer at the National Archives at Philadelphia. Reservation required.

Lycoming President Dr. James Douthat held a fireside chat on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Snowden Library. He shared his experiences of meeting civil rights leaders Rosa Parks, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy and the Rev. Joseph Lowery.

A movie screening of "The Blind Side" was held in Heim G-11 on Feb. 10 and 12 at 10:30 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. A 2010 Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, the film is an adaptation of the 2006 book, "The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game," by Michael Lewis. It's based on the true story of Michael Oher, who was adopted by a family in Memphis, Tenn., and later becomes a blue-chip football star, All-American and NFL first-round draft pick.

Snowden Library is hosting a display designed by the Lycoming College Archives titled "Student Historical Moments through the Years." It will begin Monday, Feb. 13, and remain on display through the end of February.

The 8th annual Lycoming College Read-In, featuring Kathryn Stockett's "The Help," was held Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., near the Snowden Library fireplace. The novel is about African-American maids working in white household in Jackson, Miss., during the early 1960s. Student groups and organizations will read the book out loud during one-hour time slots.

Dr. Richard Hughes, professor of religion at Lycoming, held a fireside chat titled "Mourning in the Civil Rights Movement," on Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in Snowden Library.

Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

  • The Help

    The Help

  • The Blind Side

    The Blind Side