A Celebration of Black History Month


The community gathered on Monday, February 1 for a flag raising in honor of Black History Month.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. H’65 receiving an honorary degree from Saint Peter’s and the celebration of Black History Month, Saint Peter’s University is hosting a number of events and programs on and off campus.

February 3
Theology-Campus Ministry Ecumenical Field Trip Series
Bible Study, Trinity Faith Church of the Living God (Pentecostal), Jersey City
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Contact: Dr. Susan Graham

February 4
Study Abroad in Africa Information Session
Mac Mahon Student Center, Conference Room  525 – Noon – 12:50 p.m.
Contact: Scott Keller

February 6
Viewing of Citizen King/ Presentation of MLK Social Justice and Public Policy Award
Pope 110 – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

February 9
The Church and the Civil Rights Movement
Rev. Dr. Marion Franklin, Africana Studies
McIntyre  A – 2:00-3:15 pm

February 10
Blackout and Walkout for Racial Equality at Saint Peter’s – Black Lives Matter on our Campus
The Quad – 11:10 a.m.
Contact: Ondrelique Ouellette

February 16
New Orleans. “The First Civil Rights Leaders — 19th Century”
Communication Department
Pope Lecture Hall – 12:30-1:45 p.m.

February 18
Black History Month Celebration Honoring All Groups: Dance, Poetry, Music and Open Mic
Refreshments  will be provided.
Pope Lecture Hall – 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Aicha Elola, president of BAC

February 21
Theology-Campus Ministry Ecumenical Field Trip Series
Morning Worship, Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Contact: Dr. Susan Graham

February 23
Discussion; White Out – the Academy Awards
Screening of Straight Outta Compton
Amir Billups ’08, history teacher at Central Hill High School in Newark, N.J.
Pizza will be served.
Gannon I
7:00 pm

March 18
Moving Beyond the Box: Employment and Education of the Formerly Incarcerated 
Yasser Payne, associate professor of Black American studies at the University of Delaware
Location to be announced
1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Students can also participate in the Black History Month Essay Contest. Please select one political, social or economic issue facing us today and write a 1,000 word essay on how Dr. King would work for a solution to the problem. There will be three prizes for the top essays of $100, $75 and $50 respectively. All essays should be sent to Susan Lansang by March 1.

For more information about any of these events, please contact Fadia Joseph or David S. Surrey, co-directors of the Africana studies program.