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Black History Month 

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements of Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of Black Americans in U.S. history. Shippensburg University celebrates as one campus, many cultures all year, with special stories and events held this month. All below events are live Zoom events unless otherwise noted.  Additional events on the Campus Master Calendar.


Friday, February 19

Roots Day Party: A Cultural Music Celebration 

Friday, February 19 - Noon

Tuesday, February 23 

Common Ground Discussion: So You Want to Talk About Race

Tuesday, February 23

Hosted by Greek Affairs and Multicultural Student Association 

Thursday, February 25

Students of Color Round table Unapologetically Black: Enough is Enough

Thursday, February 25
3:30 p.m.

"A Student 2 Student Experience” presented by Multicultural Student Affairs and sponsored by the Ask. Communicate. Teach Tolerance (ACT) student organization.

Step Afrika! 

Thursday, February 25
6:00 p.m.

Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

Saturday, February 27

Black Experience Tribute 

Saturday, February 27
3:00 p.m.
Physical Location: Memorial Auditorium 

February 15-28 (On-Demand)

Karlus Trapp with Acoustic GuitarThe Roots of Black Music in America

Karlus Trapp’s delightful, educational, and entertaining presentation ”The Roots of Black Music in America” is a 100 year journey back through time to hear, experience anew, and learn about the music of America’s black musical giants. It is a joyful show that has been presented nationwide from his studio in NYC. Please be warned: If you view this show, you may find yourself uncontrollably smiling, singing or humming for hours afterward.

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Month Long Programming and Resources   

  • Multicultural Student Affairs Instagram campaign - Each each week @Ship_MSA will announce a theme and ask students to share their thoughts and stories. Follow along as MSA shares these student voices and Black History Month expressions. Don't forget to tag @Ship_MSA in your post! You can join the campaign on Facebook too! 
  • Pride Center – Social Media campaign - Each day of #BlackHistoryMonth, we’ll be sharing a different Black queer/trans activist whose work continues to make possible the lives of many, making history in the present. We hope you’ll follow them, and support their work. 
  • Guide to Anti-Racist Books and Resources-  This extensive collection from the Ezra Lehman Library is meant to, “provide the Shippensburg University community and the general public with a guide to suggested books and other resources relating to the many aspects and dimensions of anti-racism work.” The project is a collaboration between library faculty, administration and staff, and members of local anti-racism groups, Moving Circles and Not in Our Town 
  • Black History Month Video featuring Black voices and stories from the Shippensburg University community.