Arcadia University is hosting several cultural, artistic, and academic events throughout February to celebrate Black History Month.
A Soulful Celebration: Gospel Meets Jazz
Saturday, Feb. 3, noon to 3 p.m.
Commons Great Room
Pianist, producer, and multimedia artist Joe Patterson debuts his latest dynamic presentation through integrated video projection and an ensemble of instruments and voices. Using contemporary and vivid images, Patterson provides insight into the uniquely American religious musical forms of gospel and jazz and their origins to the Christian conversion of West Africans enslaved in the American South. Lunch will be provided. Contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at 215-572-4088 for more information.
Arcadia students (with ID): $10
General admission: $25
Black Film Festival
Friday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 18
Dining Hall Ampitheater
Join the Pan-African Studies Department, POWER, and Melanin in Action (MIA) for the first Black Film Festival. The movie Dope will be played on Friday, Feb. 16 from 8 to 11 p.m., while Marshall will be shown on Feb. 18 from 8 to 11 p.m. Contact POWER for more information.
Saturday, Feb. 17
From 9 p.m. to midnight, join Melanin in Action (MIA) for a Trap Karaoke, an experience that blends hip-hop and a karaoke concert experience. Contact MIA for more information.
Soundtrack for a Revolution
Friday, Feb. 16, 5 p.m.
Through musical storytelling, the documentary Soundtrack for a Revolution showcases the powerful freedom songs Civil Rights protestors sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and in jail cells. Contemporary artists such as The Roots, John Legend, Mary Mary, Angie Stone, Anthony Hamilton, and Josh Stone lend their voices to interpret the music and the messages of the 1950s and 60s Civil Rights Movements. Contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at 215-572-4088 for more information.
Annual African American Read-In
Wednesday, Feb. 21, noon
Castle Mirror Room
Join Associate Professor of English Dr. Kalenda Eaton, Act 101 Program Director Dr. Angela McNeil, and the Office of Institutional Diversity for this annual event, which aims to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. Everyone is invited to bring a book or poem written by an African American writer to read and share at this free event. Lunch will be provided. Contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at 215-572-4088 for more information.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m.
Castle Mirror Room
In collaboration with the National Association of University Women Suburban Philadelphia Branch and Dr. Natasha Patterson, adjunct professor of Public Health, the community is invited to participate in the annual Black History Month Youth Oratorical Competition. Contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at 215-572-4088 for more information.