University Celebrates Black History Month with Lectures, Service and Creative Arts


Lectures, community service, and creative arts support the theme “Proud and Unapologetic: We Are the Culture” for William Paterson University’s annual observance of Black History Month during February 2018. Events include:

Friday, February 2

  • Dawn Treader School Community Service Trip,
    Students spend the day with K-8th graders performing arts and crafts, writing assignments and gym activities.  Pick-up in Lot 5 at 9:30 a.m.
    Drop off in Lot 5 at 2:30 p.m.
    Sign up in University Commons 302
  • Milk & Melanin Extravaganza, 9 p.m., University Ballrooms ABC
    Formal black and white fundraiser for Black Mental Health Alliance
    $3 students and $7 guests
    Purchase in University Commons 302

Saturday, February 3

  • Bella Chanel Mentoring Program, women mentoring young women
    Pick-up in Lot 5 at 10:15 a.m.
    Drop off in Lot 5 at 4:30 p.m.
    Sign up in University Commons 302

Tuesday, February 6

  • The History of African Art, 12:30 p.m., University Commons Multipurpose Room
  • Faculty Appreciation Ceremony, 7 p.m., University Commons Multipurpose Room

Wednesday, February 7

  • Africinema: “Africa’s Great Civilization,” film screening with Dr. Aaron Tesfaye
    12:30 p.m., Cheng Library Auditorium
  • “Being Black: The Ins & Outs,” group discussion, 7:30 p.m., University Commons 211
  • Jazz and the Apartheid featuring Mariela Versola ‘18, saxophonist, 7:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room

Thursday, February 8

  • African History and Modern Day Black America, lecture, 12:30 p.m., University Commons Ballroom
  • Midday Artist Series featuring Christian Sands, solo pianist, 12:30 p.m., Shea Center

Saturday, February 10

  • Black Student Union gives Back: Part 2, trip to distribute meal packages to those in need, pick up in Lot 5 at 9 a.m., drop off in Lot 5 at 3 p.m.
    Sign up in University Commons 302

Monday, February 12

  • “Man of the House,” play about domestic violence, 7:30 p.m., University Commons Ballrooms BC

Tuesday, February 13

  • Francisco Torres, former Black Panther, is guest speaker, 12:30 p.m., University Commons Multipurpose Room

Wednesday, February 14

  • “Paint Dye and Heart Eyes,” Expressions Paint Night, 7 p.m., University Commons Multipurpose Room

Thursday, February 15

  • Diversity Symposium,” 12:30 p.m., University Commons Multipurpose Room
  • #BlackGirlMagic, 6 p.m., University Commons 211
  • “Where Have You Gone, Trayvon,” presented by Inner City Ensemble, 7 p.m., Shea Center, free admission for WP students

Tuesday, February 20

  • “Blackbird,” movie night, 7 p.m., University Commons Ballrooms BC

Wednesday, February 21

  • Writing Our Freedom: Black Writers and Writing Panel, 5 p.m., Cheng Library Auditorium
  • Black Excellence 2: The Urban Professional Panel, 7 p.m., Cheng Library Auditorium

Thursday, February 22

  • Closing Ceremony, 6:30 p.m., University Commons Ballrooms BC
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