Black History Month Welcomes Distinguished Scholar Cornel West
Dr. Cornel West
In recognition of Black History Month, several Rider University organizations will present a series of events, including a keynote address by Dr. Cornel West, distinguished scholar, educator, author and Civil Rights activist.
West will present the keynote address on Monday, February 28, at 6:30 p.m., in the Bart Luedeke Center Cavalla Room. Currently the Class of 1943 Professor at Princeton University, Dr. West burst onto the national scene in 1993 with his bestselling book, Race Matters, a searing analysis of racism in American democracy.
Because classes were not in session during the actual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Department of Service Learning for Campus Life will host a day of service on Friday, February 18, during the Black History Month celebration.
More than 80 Rider students will run diversity workshops for elementary and middle school students at several after-school programs, including three Boys and Girls Clubs of Trenton (Monument, Joyce Kilmer, and Centre St.) and the YWCA of Trenton.
“By focusing on one area, we hope to deepen our impact and engage Trenton youth,” said Annie Pasqua, assistant director of Campus Life for Service Learning. We want to honor King’s legacy by teaching a new generation about his life and what his life meant to our country.”
Rider’s Black Student Union will host a variety of events to celebrate Black History Month. This year’s theme is “Embracing the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa.”
Friday, February 4
An evening of celebration at the Pub
9 p.m. to 2 a.m., BLC Pub
Monday, February 7
Black History Jeopardy
Students will answer questions about black history and will receive prizes.
8 to 10 p.m., Daly Mercer Room
Wednesday, February 9
Community service in New York City
5:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., basement of Gill Chapel
Thursday, February 10
Discussion forum to discuss issues that affect African-American communities
7 to 9:30 p.m., SRC seminar room
Tuesday, February 15
“A Place Out of Time”
Film presentation on Bordentown School by Dr. Mildred Rice-Jordan, former Professor of Education for Rider University’s School of Education
6:30 p.m., Seabrook Hall
Thursday, February 17
The Color Of Music, a variety show featuring different music genres over the years
7 to 10 p.m., Yvonne Theatre
Friday, February 18
8 to 11 p.m., Daly Dining Hall
Saturday, February 19
Black Student Union Trip to Philadelphia
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday, February 21
“Sharing Our Stories” Service featuring a BBQ dinner
Sponsored by the Protestant Campus Ministry
5 p.m., Basement of Gill Chapel
1960s - Black by Reggie Walker, ’05 ’07
A play depicting African-American history
8 to 10:30 p.m., Yvonne Theater
Sponsored by OnFire!!
Sunday, February 27
Gospel Fest 2011, highlighting the importance of Gospel’s effect on African American culture
5 to 7 p.m., Bart Luedeke Center Cavalla Room
*Soul food and refreshments will be served
Musical Performance by Follow the Drinking Gourd
“The Power of African American Music to Inspire”
A showcase of how black musical forms and traditions continue to inspire composers.
8:30 p.m., WCC Bristol Chapel
Monday, February 28
Distinguished scholar, educator, author and Civil Rights activist Dr. Cornel West will present the keynote address during the closing ceremony on Monday, February 28, at 6:30 p.m., in the Bart Luedeke Center Cavalla Room.
Sponsored by Black Student Union