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Cheyney Celebrates Black History Month With a Series of Events in February

January 31, 2018

Black History Month 2018 Events at Cheyney UniversityIn honor of Black History Month, observed nationally throughout the month of February, Cheyney University, the nation’s first Historically Black College and University (HBCU), has arranged a variety of activities that include film screenings, social events and guest speakers, for the enrichment and empowerment of our campus community.

The full schedule of events are as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 1 – Celebration of Black Culture: Student March & Candlelight Vigil, 6:30 PM

To kick-off Black History Month, The Office of Student Activities will host a student march and candlelight vigil. Reverend Tresa Carter-Coston of the Thornbury AME Church will join CU as a guest speaker. The march will begin at Ada S. Georges Dining Hall and end at the Marcus Foster Student Center.

Monday, Feb. 12Film Screening & Discussion: “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities,” 6 PM

CU will host an exclusive screening of the documentary film, “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.” Cheyney will partner with public media provider, WHYY and Firelight Media, the film’s production company, to host the event which will be held in the Marian Anderson Music Center. Immediately following the film, there will be a panel discussion to further engage with viewers.

This can’t-miss screening event is free and open to the general public. To register, visit Eventbrite

Thursday, Feb. 22Frederick Douglass Encourages students to Get Registered to Vote, noon-3 PM

Members of the Freethought Society (FS) will portray Frederick Douglass and members of the abolitionist movement, as they host a voter information table in the Marcus Foster Student Center. The 19th Century theme is intended to educate students about the difficulties endured by Douglass and many others during their fight to obtain the right to vote, and convey the importance of registering to vote. This event also aims to honor the legacy of abolitionists and voting rights heroes.

Students will be receive free literature on voter registration information, photo opportunities and complimentary snacks.

Friday, Feb. 23Black Panther Movie Viewing Party, AMC Theaters (Bus will depart from the Marcus Foster Student Center, Entry fee required)

CU students are in for a treat with this fun, trip to the movies to check out the highly-anticipated Marvel film, “Black Panther.”

"Black Panther" follows T'Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T'Challa's mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.

Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Black History Month Trivia Competition, 6 PM

Test your knowledge of the achievements of African-Americans and iconic moments in Black History by joining the Keystone Honors Academy (KHA) for a Black History Month Trivia Competition. This event will be held in the Marcus Foster Student Center (Room 211).

For more information, visit or contact The Office of Student Activities at 610-399-2250/2251.