Arcadia Celebrates Black History Month with Events Throughout February

By Dan DiPrinzio | January 26, 2024

Several organizations at Arcadia University will be sponsoring events on campus to celebrate Black History Month.

This list will be updated with more events as they are announced. Please check back for any updates. 

Feb. 1: The African-American Read-In; Noon – 2 p.m.; Grey Towers Castle Dining Room

  • This year’s theme will focus on African-American theater. 
  • Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to join and read a selection of no more than five minutes (preferably a monologue) written by an African-American playwright. 
  • Anyone interested in speaking at the read-in should contact Deja Edwards at with your name and the title of your selection.

Feb 2: Game Night Presented by the Black Awareness Society; 7:30 p.m.; Meeting Rooms 1-3 in the Commons

Feb. 3: Go Red for Women; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Commons Great Room

  • Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Delana Wardlaw, a health care advocate and motivational speaker who uses her platform to address health care disparities.
  • Other sessions include self-care yoga, the history of Black nursing leaders in America, and much, much more. 
  • Sign up and see full list of events here

Feb. 4: “African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign;” 1 p.m.; Zoom

Feb 8: Black Inventors Fun Til 1; Noon – 1 p.m.; The Chat

Feb. 14: Haitian Popular Film Culture; 12:15 p.m.; Zoom (Link to be provided later)

  • Keynote speaker Dr. Céeile Accilien, 2023 President of the Haitian Studies Association

Feb. 15: Lecture with Freedom Fighter Bernyce Mills DeVaughn; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Grey Towers Castle Mirror Room or on Zoom

  • Bernyce Mills DeVaughn was one of the many young Freedom Fighters who worked to integrate Girard College in 1965. 

Feb. 28: “The League” Documentary; 6 – 8:30 p.m.; Commons Great Room

  • The League is a documentary that celebrates the dynamic journey of Negro League baseball’s triumphs and challenges through the first half of the 20th century.
  • Filmmaker Byron Motley will be present to host the screening of the film and will do a Q&A with the audience afterwards.
  • Watch a trailer of the documentary here.

Feb. 29: Black-owned Business Bingo; 5 p.m.; Commons Great Room

  • Celebrate Black History Month with prizes curated from local Black-owned businesses.

Athletics will play “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before all home contests during the month of February. There will also be informational materials available for spectators at all games. Additionally, the department will do student-athlete features on social media about the importance of Black History Month.