Black History Month Activities
African-American and Brazilian musical performances as well as filmmakers and art historians are highlights from the Penn State Greater Allegheny’s observance of Black History Month throughout February. All performances are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Black History Month Events
• Yewande (E-wan-day) lecture-performance
One of the most sought-after independent artists in the world, Yewande will present her award-winning lecture/performance on the evolution of American music and popular culture. The lecture is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Ostermayer room of the Student Community Center (SCC). A performance will take place at 7 p.m. in the lobby of the residence hall.
• Tony Buba
"Struggles in Steel: A Story of African-American Steelworkers"
This award-winning film depicts the history of African-Americans and their contributions to the steel industry and local labor movement. The film wll be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Ostermayer room of the SCC.
• Lilly Abreu
As part of the Teaching International Program, Brazilian recitalist and soloist Lilly Abreu will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the dining are of the SCC.
• Alejandro de la Fuente
"The New Afro-Cuban Movement and the Debate on Race in Contemporary Cuba"
As part of the Teaching International Speaker Series, de la Fuente, an associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, will present at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Ostermayer room of the SCC
• Damion Jackson
"The Three River City: Gateway to Freedom"
Curator of the African-American Collection at the Heinz History Center, Jackson will present on the history of African-Americans in the development of the City of Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the lobby of the residence hall.
• "Ballou" — A Documentary Film
Michael Patrei’s documentary follows the talented Ballou Senior High School Marching Band as they overcome a negative environment filled with guns, drugs and violence to uplift the community with music, dedication, and personal sacrifice. A screening will be held at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the lobby of the residence hall
• The African-American History Bowl
Penn State Greater Allegheny students can test their knowledge of African-American history when this popular game show comes to campus at 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the residence hall lobby. Open to Penn State Greater Allegheny students only.