Rider Celebrates Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month, several Rider University organizations are presenting a series of events on the Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses during the month of February to celebrate African-American heritage and history in the United States.
Monday, January 30, 2012

In recognition of Black History Month, Rider University is presenting a series of events on the Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses to celebrate African-American heritage and history in the United States, including a keynote address by Rev. DeForest B. “Buster” Soaries, former New Jersey Secretary of State, on Tuesday, February 28, at 7 p.m. in Bart Luedeke Center Cavalla Room.

The month also featured a February 2 screening of the film, Tuskegee Airmen, which depicts the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces during World War II. History came to life when surviving Tuskegee Airmen visited the Lawrenceville campus to share their stories on February 9 in Sweigart Auditorium. The visitors included Dr. Leslie A. Hayling, who was a U.S. Army Air Force Aviation Cadet; Robert Baker, who was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force; and Barbara O’Neill, sister of Elwood Thomas, a United States Air Force Major, who passed away in 1992.

Because classes were not in session during the actual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Rider will celebrate the MLK Day of Service on Friday, February 17, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Last year, more than 80 students participated in four afterschool programs through the Boys and Girls Club of Trenton. Organizers are looking forward to making an even bigger impact this year.  For more information, please contact Elizabeth Newman, Urban Education Coordinator, at enewman@rider.edu.

On February 2, The Museum of Tolerance in New York presented a special film screening of Stills of the Movement: The Civil Rights Photojournalism of Flip Schulke, a 32-minute documentary detailing the career of the legendary Civil Rights photojournalist. The film was followed by a discussion and a lively Q&A session with its co-producers, Dr. Shawn Kildea ’93, an assistant professor of Communication at Rider, and Patty Wittenburg ’09, as well as Dr. Larry Spruill, a professor of History at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Don’t miss the rest of this year’s Black History Month events:

Wednesday, February 1

Musical Celebration to Kick Off Black History Month

Music by Ken Credle Trio

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bart Luedeke Center Lobby

Movie: Red Tails

Depart BLC at 6:30 p.m.

Movie begins at 7 p.m. at AMC Theater, Hamilton

Sign up at Student Recreation Center Ticket Booth

Thursday, February 2

Movie: Tuskegee Airmen

7 p.m.

Sweigart Auditorium, Room 115

Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs

Monday, February 6

Black Student Union Past Leader Reflection

7 p.m.

Student Recreation Center Seminar Room

Sponsored by Black Student Union

Tuesday, February 7

“This Time, Let’s Stay Negative”

A Discussion on HIV / AIDS in the Black Community

Hosted by Lynn Eiding, director, Student Health Center

6:30 p.m., North Hall, Room 202

Wednesday, February 8

Midnight Run

5 p.m. - Food Prep

7 p.m. - Depart to New York City

Gill Chapel

Sponsored by Black Student Union

The History of Hip Hop: Multimedia Presentation

8 p.m.

Sweigart Auditorium, Room 115

Presented by Student Entertainment Council

Thursday, February 9

Tuskegee Airmen Workshop

Meet World War II veterans and listen to their stories.

7:30 p.m.

SWG Auditorium, Room 115

Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs

Monday, February 13

Black History Jeopardy

7:30 p.m.

Student Recreation Center Seminar Room

Sponsored by Black Student Union

Tuesday, February 14

Bordentown School Presentation

Presenter and Q&A Moderator: Dr. Mildred Rice-Jordan, granddaughter of the founder of the

Bordentown School (the Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth)

7 p.m.

Westminster Choir College, Cottage 8

Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs

Thursday, February 16

Glass Ceiling: What Women Can See But Cannot Achieve

Student Workshop Moderator: Dr. Monica Weaver, Provost of Mercer County Community College

7 p.m.

Sweigart Auditorium, Room 115

Friday, February 17

MLK Day of Service

3:30 to 6 p.m.

Contact Elizabeth Newman for details at enewman@rider.edu

Sponsored by Rider Bonners

Tuesday, February 21

Movie: A Raisin in the Sun

7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Bart Luedeke Center Fireside Lounge, Room 245

Sponsored by Black Student Union

One Degree of Separation

Social Action Forum on Social Inequality

Speaker: Missy Balmir

7:13 p.m.

Bart Luedeke Center 257

Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta

Wednesday, February 22

Midnight Run

5 p.m. - Food Prep

7 p.m. - Depart to New York City

Gill Chapel

Sponsored by Protestant Campus Ministry and Multicultural Student Leadership Institute

Bordentown School Presentation

Presenter and Q&A Moderator Dr. Mildred Rice-Jordan, grandniece of the founder of the

Bordentown School (the Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth)

7 p.m.

Sweigart Auditorium, Room 115

Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs

Thursday, February 23

Color of Music: African American Influence of Music from 1950 to Date

Hosted by Charlie Geter ’55

7 p.m.

Yvonne Theater

Sponsored by Black Student Union

Sunday, February 26

The Power of African American Music to Inspire by musical group Follow the Drinking Gourd

4 p.m.

Westminster Choir College Playhouse

Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs

Monday, February 27

Gospel Fest

6 p.m.

Bart Luedeke Center Cavalla Room

Sponsored by Black Student Union

Tuesday, February 28

Closing Ceremony: Rev. DeForest B. Soaries, Former New Jersey Secretary of State

7 p.m.

Bart Luedeke Center Cavalla Room

Sponsored by Black Student Union

Back to Campus & Community
Musical act Follow the Drinking Gourd, featuring Westminster alumna Shannon Hunt M.M. ’06 (right), will perform on February 26.