Black History Month

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Event descriptions

Dashiki Day
February 6 | All-day, Lawrenceville campus
Join the Rider African Students Association and other students and staff in Dashiki Day! Represent African culture in your favorite Dashiki or African clothing and show it off around campus.

Colorful Connections in Sports
February 7 | 5-6:30 p.m., Student Recreation Center Center courts | 7 p.m., Alumni Gym | Register now
Join us as we bring in the spring 2020 semester with a festive night to remember! The evening will begin with a pre-game mixer to connect students of color with like faculty, staff and alumni. Immediately following, during the Rider University Men’s Basketball game, the “Colorful Connections” Group will be acknowledged. One lucky student will also have the opportunity to win an HDTV! Raffle tickets will be distributed at the mixer and the winner will be announced during the game.

Waist Bead Class
February 10 | 9:30-11 p.m., Mercer Room, Daly Dining Hall
Join RASA for its first annual Waist Bead Class. Come out and learn the history behind waist beads and learn how to make your own personal waist beads.

Rider Bone Marrow Registry Swab Drive
February 13 | 1:00 p.m., Student Recreation Center Lobby
The Rider Bone Marrow Registry aims to educate the Rider community about the importance of becoming a bone marrow donor. In collaboration with the Gift of Life, one of the nation’s largest bone marrow and stem cell registries, the Rider Bone Marrow Registry is hosting a swabbing event to register new potential donors and educate the community about the overall donation process. Rider BMR is dedicated to expanding the national bone marrow registry and providing support for affected individuals.

Black Love in the Media
February 13 | 9:30-11 p.m., Mercer Room, Daly Dining Hall
Join us for a conversation centered around the portrayal of Black love in media. While presenting, students will make Valentine's Day cards for community service.


Conversation Café: Contemporary Issues in Race, Class, and Gender (Brown bag lunch and discussion)
February 18 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rue Auditorium (Sweigart 115)
Conversation Cafe is back with Contemporary Issues in Race, Class, and Gender! Join us for a brown bag lunch discussion with students, faculty and staff panelists, where we will watch clips of films and engage in a panel discussion and dialogue about the role of media in creating social change and its portrayal of the Black experience within the last five years.

Films such as Black PantherGreen Book and Moonlight along with television series' The Central Park 5 and The People vs. O.J. Simpson have been widely viewed to illustrate the Black experience in America. Although these cinematic and television experiences bring attention and representation to the media landscape, we will discuss their impact on the sociopolitical landscape.

Soul Food Sunday
February 23 | 4:30 p.m., Daly Dining Hall (Lawrenceville campus) and Westminster Commons (Princeton campus)
Enjoy the culinary delights of the cultural contribution of “soul food” from early African-American generations that continue to satisfy our palates today! Join us for dinner on the Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses!

Gospel Fest
February 23 | 5:45-7:30 p.m., Cavalla Room, Bart Luedeke Center
Unite with us for a closing celebration of Black History Month, with gospel song, dance and spoken word. Dessert will be served after the show. Experience enormous joy and excitement as performers from Rider end Black History Month on a high note! This event is free and open to the public. 

Meet the Historians
February 24 | 9:20-10:20 p.m., Rue Auditorium (Sweigart 115)
Come out and meet our panelists who will pose as famous black historians. Q&A session to ask our famous historians about their time back then as well as what they stood for will follow the panel discussion.

GirlZ Room
February 26 | 9:20-10:20 p.m., Lynch Adler Hall 129
Come out and discuss what being a woman is all about! Topics of discussion include self-care and the women who motivate and inspire you.


Event Schedule
Date / Time Location
Sunday, February 23, 2020

5:45pm to 7:30pm

Black History Month Gospel Fest
Cavalla Room - Bart Luedeke Center (BLC)
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