Penn State Altoona plans events to mark Black History Month

Penn State Altoona will celebrate Black History Month with events for campus and community members.

Sunday — “Fences” film screening, 6 p.m., Slep Student Center. A working-class African American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

Monday — “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” film screening, 6:30 p.m., Slep Student Center. This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works, and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.

Tuesday — The True Black History Traveling Museum, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Slep Student Center, interactive lecture at

12:15 p.m. The exhibit, “A Tribute to the African American Journey,” features over 150 artifacts and original documents from historical figures including Martin Luther King Jr., Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Angela Davis and President Barack Obama.

Feb. 17 — African American Read-In Monday Marathon, 9 a.m. to 5. p.m., Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to read and/or listen to the literary works of African American writers. This year’s theme is “Black Theatre through a Black Lens,” celebrating the African American dramatic literary tradition — its themes, forms and playwrights — from slavery times through the first two decades of the 21st century.

Feb. 17 — African American Read-In keynote speaker Charles Dumas, noon, Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Dumas, professor emeritus in the School of Theatre at Penn State University, will present “How August Wilson’s Decade Series Changed the American Narrative.”

Feb. 17 — African American Read-In featured author Denise J. Hart, 5:30 p.m., Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. An associate professor at Howard University, Hart is the recipient of several national playwriting honors and awards. She is also a screenwriter, a dramaturg and a director. Hart’s plays are grounded in the African American experience and explore the intersection of race, class and identity and its impact on memory, personal integrity and family.

Feb. 23 — Black History Month trivia contest, 6 p.m., Slep Student Center.


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