Black History Month to Kick Off with “Living the Dream” Day of Activities, January 30

Posted on 1/18/2012 5:35:00 PM

The IUP African American Cultural Center will kick off Black History Month with a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on January 30, 2012: “Living the Dream and Black History: Relevance, Reflections, and Challenges.”

A full day of activities is planned, concluding with a keynote program at 6:00 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room featuring guest speaker Burrell Brown, attorney and professor of Management and Labor Management and and chair of the Business and Economics Department at California University of Pennsylvania. Brown is past legal counsel/president for the Pennsylvania State NAACP and vice president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties. He was also appointed by two Pennsylvania governors to several committees, including the Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs, and is chair of the Interbranch Commission on Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness. Along with Brown, several student and community participants, including the IUP African Dance Ensemble, will highlight the program.

This program will explore the contemporary relevance of Dr. King in an edutaining way by reflecting upon and celebrating the historical and cultural achievements of African Americans, and resolving with inspiring information on fulfilling a better tomorrow as a human race. All are welcome and encouraged to attend an awe-inspiring evening of song, dance, prose, music, and intellect.

Other activities of the day include films presented for the MLK/BHM Film Series from 10:00–11:45 a.m. Martin: The Man and the Dream and Great Black Innovators will be presented in the HUB Monongahela Room, and 50 Cents’ All Things Fall Apart will be shown in the HUB Susquehanna Room.

The MLK Luncheon and Reflections Workshop, “Living the Dream and Black History Month,” will take place from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the HUB Ohio/Monongahela rooms.

Class attendance vouchers will be available. All events are free and open to the public, and all activities will occur in the Hadley Union Building (HUB).