Celebrating Black History

Black History Month Events

Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22: Ted Talk Tuesdays

Watch a Black History Month Ted Talk on any or all Tuesdays, anytime, during the month of February 2022. After viewing the Ted Talk, respond to the following questions and send your responses here.

The data collected will give our office and the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Intercultural Affairs some insight on what topics are trending in our community, and more specifically, on our campus.


  1. Why did you select the Ted Talk(s) to watch? 
  2. How did the Ted Talk broaden your horizon about the subject matter?
  3. Will you recommend the Ted Talk(s) you viewed to someone else? If Yes - Why, If No - Why Not?  

Saul Flores

Feb. 8: Symposium on Inclusive Excellence

Saul Flores, a photojournalist who walked 5,328 miles through 10 countries to document immigrants’ journey to the United States, will be the keynote speaker. His visual presentation promises to educate us and inspire our community to make a positive difference in the world.

Feb. 10: Film Discussion—At the River I Stand (1993)

3:30 p.m. | Bishop-Frock Conference Room in Bishop Library or online | Reflect on the life and death of Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr. with the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights movement in Spring 1968. Running time: 58 m. Watch the film on your own time, then meet in person or virtually to discuss the film. Redbook registration is required.

An open book

Feb. 22: African American Read-In

11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Library Atrium | Students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited to participate during our 2-hour reading time. The event will be a hybrid meeting in the Library Atrium and online.

Feb. 24: Film Discussion—The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

3:30 p.m. | Bishop-Frock Conference Room in Bishop Library or online | Based on Rebecca Skloot’s acclaimed best-seller of the same name, this drama tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line, known as HeLa. Running time: 1h 32m. Watch the film on your own time, then meet in person or virtually to discuss the film. Redbook registration is required.

National Headwrap Day

Feb. 24: National Headwrap Day

Stop by the Black Student Union table in the Mund Concourse to learn more about the historical significance behind head coverings, celebrate its symbolism, spirituality, and beauty. (Photo by Evelyn Colon, BSU Advisor)


Feb. 24: Black Student Union Unity Vigil

5:30 p.m. | Miller Chapel | Join the Black Student Union and members of the LVC community as we come together in song, poetry, remembrance, and solidarity. BSU will end the vigil with a candle lighting.

Tony Leach plays piano

Feb. 24: Tony Leach Performance

Lutz Hall | 7:30 p.m. | Dr. Anthony Leach, class of 1973, and MOJATUBA will celebrate the contributions of African Americans through song, dance, and story. Dr. Leach is a professor of music/music education teaching a graduate music education seminar and coordinating the African American Music Festival at Penn State. He served as conductor of the Penn State University Choir from 1994–2015 and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education. Velvet Brown, Distinguished Professor of Music at Penn State, teaches applied tuba and euphonium and coordinates the brass chamber music program. She is considered the world's leading female solo tubist. Along with Dr. Leach, Aquila Franklin, and Jimmy Finnie, she'll present her project, MOJATUBA, a fusion of dance and music for tuba to LVC.

Food from Taste of Africa event

Feb. 28: Taste of Africa Dinner by Metz Culinary Services

The Black Student Union and Metz Culinary Arts invite you to a Taste of Africa dining experience. Dine-in or take-out, you don't want to miss this culturally rich dining experience. Chef Jordan, along with members from the Black Student Union and Mr. Haywood, will prepare delicious dishes using secret family recipes.