Join the Center for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in celebrating the 2024 Black History Month theme: African Americans and the Arts.
During Black History Month, we celebrate the rich tapestry of African American artistic expression, which is deeply rooted in the diverse cultural experiences of Africa, the Caribbean and the African American journey.
Across visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary arts and beyond, African American creativity has left an indelible mark. Artists of African descent have wielded their craft to document history, preserve community memory and foster empowerment.
From the influential movements of the New Negro and Black Renaissance to the vibrancy of hip-hop and Afrofuturism, African American cultural pioneers have not only shaped their own communities but have set global standards for innovation and expression.
In 2024 we explore the dynamic legacy and diverse narratives of African American arts and artisans.
THURSDAY, FEB. 1
African Game Night with LRU African Club
6 p.m. Bold Union Room
TUESDAY, FEB. 6
Book Signing and Meet and Greet with author Beverly Harris-Schenz
An intimate gathering to discuss the books “Living While Black” and “Mary Martin”
6:30 p.m. La Roche University Bookstore
THURSDAY, FEB. 8
Rennie Harris Puremovement’s “Rome & Jewels”
7 p.m. Pittsburgh Playhouse
A retelling of Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet,” set in the streets of Philadelphia. Limited seats available. Tickets are $5. Sign up in the Center for Student Development.
MONDAY, FEB. 12-FRIDAY, FEB. 16
Black History Spirit Week with Black Student Achievement
Details to follow.
FRIDAY, FEB. 16
Heinz History Center Trip
Check out long-term exhibits highlighting Black history, including “Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation,” “Negro League Baseball” and “From Slavery to Freedom.” Sign up in the Center for Student Development. Tickets are $5. Transportation included.
SATURDAY, FEB. 17
Black History Month Celebration, North Hills Ebony Women
12:30-2:30 p.m. CC Square
Keynote speaker Rev. Christopher T. Conti, M.D.
Featuring Triumph Church Music Ministry worship team
Email email@example.com to RSVP by Feb. 12
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21
Film for Thought – “Black Art: In the Absence of Light”
6:30 p.m. Ryan Room
FRIDAY, FEB. 23
Remembering the Underground Railroad
7 p.m. Ryan Room
Hosted by the La Roche Literary Society and Sigma Tau Delta
MONDAY, FEB. 26
Horror Noire: A Discussion of Black American Horror Films
1:30 p.m. Ryan Room
Led by Allyssa Yanniello, Wright Library Librarian
Based on the work of scholars such as Robin R. Means Coleman, this informal presentation will show how discussion of this genre can highlight trends in Black American participation in the arts and film industry, and the contribution and importance of Black horror to Black history in general.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28
Calypso: A Taste of the Islands
Noon, Location TBD
Enjoy Caribbean music and culture from Gemma Stemley, Calipso flutist and author. Sample Caribbean Soul cuisine.