Berkeley College Observes Black History Month with Celebrations of African-American History and Culture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
973-200-1100
igl@BerkeleyCollege.edu

BERKELEY COLLEGE OBSERVES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
WITH CELEBRATIONS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE

Black History Month

Berkeley College is celebrating the achievements made by black Americans and recognizing the important role of African-Americans in our nation’s history with Black History Month events throughout February 2020.

February 4, 2020, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Conversation Series: Personal Attitudes in the African-American Community”
Newark Student Center
Students and staff will discuss stereotypes within their communities.
More Information: Sandra Garcia, SDG@BerkeleyCollege.edu 

February 11, 2020, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Black History Month Trivia
Newark Student Center
Students will answer trivia questions about African-American history for the chance to win prizes.
More Information: Sandra Garcia, SDG@BerkeleyCollege.edu 

February 11, 2020, 12 to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.
Black History Month Trivia
Woodland Park Atrium
Students will answer trivia questions about African-American history for the chance to win prizes.
More Information: Mario Sencion, Mario-Sencion@BerkeleyCollege.edu

February 11, 2020, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
From Jazz to Hip-Hop: How Black Music Has Influenced American Culture
Woodbridge Student Center
Students and staff will discuss the impact of African-American music on American culture, from swing and rhythm and blues, to soul and hip-hop.
More Information: Kevin Frey, KCF@BerkeleyCollege.edu

February 11, 2020, 2 to 4 p.m.
Field Trip: African Burial Ground National Monument
290 Broadway, New York, NY
Students will learn about the oldest and largest known excavated burial ground in North America for both free and enslaved Africans. Attendees should meet at the Lower Level, 43rd Street, Midtown Manhattan, at 12:30 p.m.
More Information: Jeunelle Sanabria, Jeunelle-Sanabria@BerkeleyCollege.edu or James Marshmon, James-Marshmon2@BerkeleyCollege.edu

February 18, 2020, 12 to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.
Who Am I?
Woodland Park Atrium
Each student will select a card and discuss the legacy of a prominent person in African-American history.
More Information: Mario Sencion, Mario-Sencion@BerkeleyCollege.edu

February 18, 2020, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
I Am Not My Hair
White Plains Relaxation Room
Students will explore how hairstyle, skin tone and body image have an impact on the lives of black individuals.
More Information: Alexandra Silvestre, Alexandr-Silvestr@BerkeleyCollege.edu

February 18, 2020, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Black History Month Trivia
Lower Level, 43rd Street, Midtown Manhattan
Students will answer trivia questions about African-American history.
More Information: Jeunelle Sanabria, Jeunelle-Sanabria@BerkeleyCollege.edu or James Marshmon, James-Marshmon2@BerkeleyCollege.edu

February 18, 2020, 4 to 6 p.m.
Field Trip: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY
Students will visit the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to view the repository of information about people of African descent. Attendees should meet at the Lower Level, 43rd Street, Midtown Manhattan, at 2:30 p.m.
More Information: Jeunelle Sanabria, Jeunelle-Sanabria@BerkeleyCollege.edu or James Marshmon, James-Marshmon2@BerkeleyCollege.edu

February 19, 2020, 12 to 1 p.m.
Introduction to the NAACP
Woodbridge Student Center
Quanae Palmer Chambliss, President of the Rahway Chapter of the NAACP will visit Berkeley College discuss the organization’s history, mission and accomplishments.
More Information: Kevin Frey, KCF@BerkeleyCollege.edu

February 20, 2020, 12 to 1 p.m.
African-American Pop Culture Trivia
Paramus Library
Students will answer trivia questions about African-American pop culture for the chance to win prizes.
More Information: Jennifer Litvak, JRL@BerkeleyCollege.edu

February 24 to 27, 2020, All Day
Black History Month Facts Scavenger Hunt
Paramus Library
Students will search the Library for facts about key milestones in the civil rights movement. The winner will receive a prize.
More Information: Jennifer Litvak, JRL@BerkeleyCollege.edu

February 25, 2020, 12 to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.
Black History Month Trivia
Second Floor Lobby, White Plains
Students will answer trivia questions about achievements and significant moments African-American history.
More Information: Alexandra Silvestre, Alexandr-Silvestr@BerkeleyCollege.edu

February 25, 2020, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Same Boat, Different Stops: African Diaspora
Lower Lobby, White Plains
The African diaspora took millions of people from western and central Africa to different regions throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. Students will explore how they navigate black identity through their personal culture lens.
More Information: Alexandra Silvestre, Alexandr-Silvestr@BerkeleyCollege.edu

February 25, 2020, 6 p.m.
Author Presentation: “Medical Stigmata: Race Medicine, and the Pursuit of Theological Liberation”
Academics Building, Room 023, Woodland Park
Kirk Johnson, DMH, Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, will speak about his book, “Medical Stigmata: Race, Medicine, and the Pursuit of Theological Liberation.” The book details the idea of race as a false representation for the cause of disease. The presentation will be given during a Social Justice Issues class.
To attend: Yesudas Choondassery, PhD, YDC@BerkeleyCollege.edu

February 26, 2020, 2 to 3 p.m.
Examining Prejudice and Discrimination
Lower Level, 43rd Street, Midtown Manhattan
Students will have an open discussion about prejudice and discrimination, and how these terms may have impacted their lives.
More Information: Jeunelle Sanabria, Jeunelle-Sanabria@BerkeleyCollege.edu or James Marshmon, James-Marshmon2@BerkeleyCollege.edu

February 27, 2020, 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 to 2 p.m.
Fill Your Soul
Paramus Student Center
The Student Government Association will share the “soul” experience, and what it means in the African-American culture. The celebration will feature soul food, soul music and more.
More Information: Jennifer Litvak, JRL@BerkeleyCollege.edu

Through February 29
Black History Month in the Classroom
Midtown Manhattan
An Introduction to Ethics course will study Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and “How I Learned to Read and Write,” a short essay by Frederick Douglass.
More Information: Marc Shur, MXS@BerkeleyCollege.edu

Through February 29
Black History Month Reading List
The Berkeley College Library will feature books that share important works of African-American history. Click here and navigate to the “Celebrating Black History Month” tab. A Library Guide (LibGuide) highlighting resources available for research and study of African-American history is also available.
More Information: Maria Deptula, MDE@BerkeleyCollege.edu

Through February 29
Black History Month Display
Newark Student Center; Woodland Park Atrium and Lower Level, 43rd Street, Midtown Manhattan
Students and staff can learn about the legacies of prominent African-Americans.
More Information: Sandra Garcia, SDG@BerkeleyCollege.edu; Mario Sencion, Mario-Sencion@BerkeleyCollege.edu; Jeunelle Sanabria, Jeunelle-Sanabria@BerkeleyCollege.edu or James Marshmon, James-Marshmon2@BerkeleyCollege.edu

Through February 29
Podcast: “Witness History”
Students and staff are encouraged to download and discuss “Witness History,” a BBC podcast that features interviews with people who were present during key moments in black and civil rights history. Click here to download episodes of the podcast.
More Information: Chrissy Andracik, Christin-Andrasci@BerkeleyCollege.edu   

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