Honoring history and looking forward: Black History Month events at FDU

Madison, N.J. (February 9, 2016) — Fairleigh Dickinson University will celebrate African-American heritage and Black History Month throughout the month of February with a series of events on the Florham and Metropolitan campuses.


See below for details:

Florham Campus

8:30 a.m. -11 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat., 2-10 p.m. Sun., Feb. 1-29, Reference Room, Monninger Center for Learning and Research — Black History Month exhibit, “100 Years of African-American History: Inspired by Carter G. Woodson, Founding Editor of The Journal of Negro History (1916),” a display of books and photographs.

6-9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, Orangerie — I Am Not My Hair, Maybe? — A panel discussion on hardships of wearing natural African-American hair, featuring FDU alumna Ayanna Williams, CEO of Aya’s Natural Treasures, and Gilda Rogers, author of “Arrested Development: The State of Black Achievement and Education in Hip Hop America.”

8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11 — College Colors, a bus trip to the Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, N.J. for the premiere of Stacie Lents’ newest comedy on race and friendship on a college campus.

10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 15 — Black History Month Poster Contest deadline, contest theme is “Memory and Empowerment,” prizes for three best entries. For more, email lhuertas@gmail.com or nisa@fdu.edu.

7-9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 15, Lenfell Hall — Poisoned, Brutalized, and Dehumanized: Do Black Lives Matter? — A panel discussion exploring recent acts of police brutality and the historical treatment of blacks in America.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, Dreyfuss 125 — Straight Outta Compton, a screening of the 2015 American biographical drama chronicling the rise and fall of the Compton, Calif. hip-hop group, N.W.A., followed by a brief discussion.

12:35-2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, location TBA — A Conversation with Award-Winning Author, David Reynolds — Reynolds, author of “John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights,” will speak about the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement.

9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22, Dining Hall, Student Center — Black Greek Expo, an opportunity to learn about culture and Greek Life.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 29, Lenfell Hall — Multicultural Business Day, a business networking event organized by Becton College of Arts and Sciences and Silberman College of Business.

Metropolitan Campus

8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 1-26, Edward Williams Hall — Black History Month exhibit, one-person show and artist’s talk, photography exhibit, “A Tribute to Langston Hughes’ ‘I, Too, Sing America’: A Visual Approach Through Photography,” works by Cassandra Griffen. 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, artist’s reception; 3-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, one-person show by David Mills, actor and writer on Hughes’ work, and artist’s talk with Cassandra Griffen.

8-9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, Knight Club — Behind the Music, Professor Russell Robinson discusses his experiences working with Def Jam Records.

9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, Knight Club — Get on Up, a screening of the biography chronicling influential musician James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to international fame, followed by a brief discussion.

8:30-10 p.m., Tuesday, February 16th, Multipurpose room — Our Lives Matter, discussion on cultural similarities and differences.

8-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, Knight Club — Surviving Police Encounters, current and retired police officers sharing law enforcement perspectives.

9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, Knight Club — Straight Outta Compton, a screening of the 2015 American biographical drama chronicling the rise and fall of the Compton, Calif. hip-hop group, N.W.A., followed by a brief discussion.

12-3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, Student Union Building lobby — Black History: Test Your Knowledge, an opportunity to test black history knowledge.

8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, Student Union Building — Love is Color Blind, a panel discussion on interracial dating.

8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, Knight Club — MLK guest speaker, Brother Moses, and Selma, a presentation by an MLK guest speaker, followed by a screening of “Selma,” the 2014 chronicle of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

8:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 29t, Knight Club — Black History Month Trivia

FDU Office of Public Relations

Dina Schipper,
Director of Public Relations
Fax: 201-692-7019

Scott Giglio,
Assistant Director of Public Relations

Dan Landau,
PR and Social Media Coordinator

Helen Grill,
Senior General Clerk
Fax: 201-692-7019