Arcadia Hosts Spoken Word, Read-In, and Social Progress Events During Black History Month

By RetterJ | February 6, 2017

Arcadia University is hosting the following events to celebrate and promote diversity, culture, and social activism throughout Black History Month.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

The Multicultural Organization Coalition: Commons Meeting Room 2, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The Multicultural Organization Coalition (MOC) advocates diversity in leadership, event planning, and group development at Arcadia. Representatives from student organizations meet each month to develop events and programs that foster multiculturalism on campus.

Friday, Feb. 10

Spoken Word Coffee House: Commons Meeting Rooms 1-3, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

All members of the University community are welcome to attend the Office of Institutional Diversity and Black Awareness Society’s Spoken Word Coffee House, hosted in collaboration with Asian Students in America (ASIA). Those interested in presenting poetry, music, or writing pieces must RSVP.

Thursday, Feb. 16

National African American Read-In: Grey Towers Castle, Mirror Room, 12 to 2 p.m.

The Gateway to Success program and Office of Institutional Diversity invite members of the University community to join Arcadia’s National African American Read-In event. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to read or perform poetry, fiction, non-fiction, verse, and dramatic works by African American writers.

Those interested in participating should reach out to Angela McNeil (

Saturday, Feb. 18

African American History Month Oratorical Competition: Commons Great Room, noon to 3 p.m. 

The Office of Institutional Diversity is co-hosting the National Association of University Women’s Tenth Annual African American History Month Oratorical Competition. Organized in collaboration with Natasha Patterson, MPH, president of the NAUW’s Suburban Philadelphia Branch and adjunct professor of Public Health, the event invites competitors from area high schools to debate whether the electoral college holds a racial bias toward African Americans.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

In conjunction with Engagement and New Student Programs, the Office of Institutional Diversity will host a viewing of Selma, the 2014 film chronicling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights through a march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. in 1965.

Friday, Feb. 24

The Hidden Figures of Social Change: Stiteler Auditorium, 7 to 11 p.m.

Members of the University community are invited to celebrate key figures who have shaped history at The Hidden Figures of Social Change, a spoken word, art, music, and movement event. For more information, contact Octavius Blount at

Monday, Feb. 27

Join the Honors Program, the Office of Institutional Diversity, and guest speakers Phyllis B. Taylor ’63, Deborah Rudman, and Tayyib Smith for Create-the-Change: A Social Progress Incubator. In addition to receiving information about social justice and community service projects, attendees will have the opportunity to workshop ideas for Arcadia’s Big Idea Competition.

To ensure space, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to RSVP.

For more information on Black History Month events at Arcadia, contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at