Celebrate Black History


A series of activities will celebrate cultural diversity at Rutgers University–Camden throughout Black History Month in February.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Wayne Glasker, an associate professor of history at Rutgers–Camden, will lead a panel discussion on diversity at Rutgers–Camden. Panelists are Stacy Hawkins, an assistant professor of law at Rutgers Law School; Oscar Holmes IV, an assistant professor of management at the Rutgers School of Business–Camden; and Ana Laguna, an associate professor of Spanish and director of the master of arts in teaching Spanish (MAT) program. Glasker, a noted scholar whose research examines African American history, will lead the discussion from 1:20 to 2:40 p.m. in the West ABC conference rooms, located on the lower level of the Campus Center.

Monday, Feb. 1

Participants will join in a silent march in protest of anti-black racism and violence, beginning at 12:10 p.m. on the steps of the Paul Robeson Library. A production of Robert Miller’s original play, “Running Late,” will follow in the Walter K. Gordon Theater, located in the Fine Arts Complex.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

The Africana Studies program will host “The State of Africa,” a screening and panel discussion of Black Gold, Nick and Mark Francis’ award-winning documentary about the human and material costs of producing and distributing Ethiopian coffee within the global economy. Panelists are Rutgers–Camden student Israel Mansaray; Benjamin Talton, an associate professor of history at Temple University; and Lee Cassanelli, a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the 401 Penn classroom, accessible from the side of the Paul Robeson Library.

Thursday, Feb. 18

Mahdi Ibn-Ziyad, a part-time lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religion who specializes in African thought and religious and social philosophy, will lead a discussion on the meaning and feasibility of reparations for African American suffering and disfranchisement. The discussion will be held from 7:30 to 8:50 p.m. in the Executive Meeting Room, located on the lower level of the Campus Center.

Friday, Feb. 19

The Unity Community Center of South Jersey will present “Love Jam: Let Our Voices Be Heard,” a journey through African American music from its unique African roots to the present day. Performances will be held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. in the Walter K. Gordon Theater, located in the Fine Arts Complex.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Darnell Moore, a senior editor at MicNews, Huffington Post contributor, and Black Lives Matter pioneer, returns to his native Camden to deliver the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Black History Month Lecture. Moore, a 1994 graduate of Camden High School, will reflect on inequality, intersectionality, and his journey thus far from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, located on the main level of the Campus Center.

The Campus Center and the Fine Arts Complex are located on Third Street and the Paul Robeson Library is located on Fourth Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

For more information, contact Keith Green at (856) 225-6601 or keith.green@rutgers.edu.

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