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Black History Month 2022

Black History Month Events 2022

Friday, February 4


Respect is a biographical musical drama highlighting 20 years in the life of Aretha Franklin. Starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson. This bio spotlights her influence over black history – and history in general – including her significant civil rights activism.

Walsh Hall, Lemmond Theater

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Open to the Public)

Available on Demand Beginning February 9

Virtual Celebration of African-American Art

A YouTube playlist of short videos celebrating African-American art on campus, including a virtual gallery tour of the Kelley Collection, the dedication of contemporary art prints to the Multicultural Center, and a special message from university president, Dr. Daniel Myers. Presented by the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery.

Contact:, (570) 674-6250

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Wednesday, February 9

An American Ascent – Documentary Film

An American Ascent follows the first African-American expedition to climb North America’s highest peak. This film addresses the intersection of race and the outdoors, and builds an important story to show that outdoor adventure is for everyone, no matter their race or ethnicity.

Bevevino Library, McGowan Room

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (MU Community Only) 

Wednesday, February 16 

The Mountaintop – by Katori Hall. A Play Reading & Discussion

After delivering his famous “I have been to the mountaintop” speech – the last speech of his life – Martin Luther King, Jr. arrives at the Lorraine Motel to rest. When a beautiful maid named Camae brings him his room service, they strike up a conversation that soon turns to serious talk about hope and fear, and Dr. King realizes he must confront his own mortality. Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop is a fictional account of Dr. King’s last night alive and a reflection of a tired, flawed, real man, whose words and ideas remain an inspiration long after his tragic assassination.


7:30 p.m. (Open to the Public)

Thursday, February 17

Visible Resistance: Art and Action in the Long Civil Rights Movement

Inspired by artwork from the current exhibition in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Dr. Allan Austin, Dr. Jennifer Black, Dr. Richard Hancuff, and Dr. Lalaine Little analyze and discuss the relationship between artistic representation and the struggle for equal rights and justice in the United States.

Insalaco Hall, Room 218

In case of snow, event will be virtual

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Open to the Public)

Wednesday, February 23 

Black History Month Poetry Reading

Join us in celebrating the contributions Black poets have made to literary culture at our annual Black History Month Poetry Reading. Sponsored by the English Department and the Black Student Union.

Bevevino Library, McGowan Room

12:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (MU Community Only) 

For more information, contact the Office for Mission Integration & Institutional Diversity at 570-674-1877.