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Celebrate Black History Month 2018 at Kean University

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Throughout the month of February, various offices, departments and student organizations are hosting an array of social and educational programs, lectures, movie screenings, cultural performances, and service projects to celebrate Black History Month. 


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony

3:15 p.m. | Miron Student Center Flag Pole
Hosted by: Pan African Student Union

February is for celebrating the achievements and excellence by Black Americans. Join us on February 1st for an afternoon of African American culture to kick off Black History Month. Meet us at the flag pole in front of the Miron Student Center.

Black History Month Kick-off

3:30 p.m. | Human Rights Institute
Hosted by: Student Government’s P.U.L.S.E.

February is for celebrating the achievements and excellence by Black Americans. Join P.U.L.S.E. for an afternoon of African American culture to kickoff Black History Month. Meet us in the Human Rights Institute on February 1st from 3:15 - 4:30 pm for free food, music and giveaways.


Saturday, February 3 - Monday, March 12, 2018

1968 Exhibit

12 p.m. - 10 p.m.| Nancy Dryfoos Gallery, Kean University Library
Hosted by: Kean Galleries

The year 1968 was turbulent, inspiring and cautionary. This exhibit will look back half a century on the important historical events that occurred during the 12 months of 1968. "The 1968 Museum Club" has been created with ESL Students’ work at Union County College under the advisement of Professors Carrie Steenburgh and Arlene Marcus. www.1968museum.comFebruary 3rd - March 12th, 2018Reception:Sunday, February 4th, 2018; 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Sunday, February 4, 2018

1968 Exhibit Reception

4:30 p.m. | Nancy Dryfoos Gallery, Kean University Library
Hosted by: Kean Galleries

The year 1968 was turbulent, inspiring and cautionary. This exhibit will look back half a century on the important historical events that occurred during the 12 months of 1968. "The 1968 Museum Club" has been created with ESL Students’ work at Union County College under the advisement of Professors Carrie Steenburgh and Arlene Marcus. www.1968museum.comFebruary 3rd - March 12th, 2018Reception:Sunday, February 4th, 2018; 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Black Card Revoked

7 p.m. | Miron Student Center Little Theatre
Hosted by: Student Government’s P.U.L.S.E.

Hey Cougars, How well do you know Black pop culture? Music? Entertainment ? Join P.U.L.S.E. in MSC Little Theater from 7-9 pm to test your knowledge on Black culture on February 5th with a chance to win prizes. Want to join a team? Sign up in MSC 309 no later than January 30th.

Black History Is American History

9 p.m. | Upperclass Residence Hall (NURH) Multipurpose Room
Hosted by: Office of Residential Student Services

Bringing awareness to real stories, and real heroes. During Black History Month, it is important to commemorate the impact Africans/African Americans had on American History.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

African Dance Class

7 p.m. | D'Angola Gym, room D192
Hosted by: Student Government’s P.U.L.S.E.

Hey Cougars, Join P.U.L.S.E. for an African Dance Class to celebrate Black History Month on February 6,2018 from 7-9 pm in Hardwood Arena, D'angola Gym room D192. See you there.

Media Manipulation

8 p.m. | Hutchinson Hall, room 131
Hosted by: Alpha Phi Alpha

"The media is the powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." - Malcolm X. The objective is to expose students to real and fake examples of media messages that shift the mindsets of viewers. Our goal is to create a discussion as well as provide awareness of the goal of media outlets that use their platform to promote biases.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Welcome To the Cookout

7 p.m. | Upperclass Residence Hall (NURH) Multipurpose Room
Hosted by: Office of Residential Student Services

Join RA Erica and RA Gina in learning and embracing the African-American history, beauty, culture, and unity.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

7:30 p.m. | Enlow Recital Hall, East Campus
Hosted by: Kean Stage

For more than 50 years, this all-male a cappella group has brought joyous and uplifting music to audiences around the world. Known for the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their South African musical heritage, Ladysmith Black Mambazo gained worldwide prominence after singing on Paul Simon’s 1986 album Graceland and has won four Grammy Awards.For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.keanstage.com/event/1be7d3d1a15a311f58dd7b7ee4ac5d7a.


Monday, February 12, 2018

For The Culture

7:30 p.m. | Miron Student Center, room 226
Hosted by: Lambda Theta Alpha

Join the Lovely Ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated and other Greek Organizations in learning more about your roots, conflicts, and misconceptions within the Latino and Black community.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

African American Females In Policing/Our Stories, Our Experiences! - Lecture & Discussion

Speaker: Sgt. Carol Russell

12:30 p.m. | Miron Studient Center Little Theatre
Hosted by: Office of Africana Studies

Please join the Office of Africana Studies in celebrating African History Month with our theme: African People and Law Enforcement in the Age Trump, Part II.Sergeant Carol Russell will lecture on African American Female in Policing/Our Stories Our Experiences. A discussion will immediately follow the lecture presentation.

"Roots" Open Mic Night

7 p.m. | Miron Student Center Cougar's Den
Hosted by: Student Government’s P.U.L.S.E.

Do you have a talent? Can you sing? Do you write poetry? Can you play an instrument? Its time to Dig deep and embrace your ROOTS! Come out to our Open Mic Night. Join us in Cougars Den from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. to express your thoughts about Black History and your own experience. Make sure you bring your student ID's.

Black Jeopardy

7:30 p.m. | Miron Student Center, room 314
Hosted by: Beta Kappa Psi

On February 13th the brothers of beta kappa psi will be hosting black jeopardy. This will be a fun and exciting new program that will students not only learn more about black history but show them that black people are phenomenal in every way. There will be 1 prizes for the winning team. The will be on February 3rd from 8-9 pm in the MSC 314 you do not want to miss out. Come Learn with the Beta Men !


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Social Justice Approach to Prison Re-entry: The Lionel Tate's Re-Entry Plan & Others - Lecture & Discussion

Speaker: Sgt. DeLacy Davis

12:30 p.m. | Miron Student Center Little Theatre
Hosted by: Office of Africana Studies

Join us in celebrating African History Month with this year's theme: African People and Law Enforcement in the Age of Trump, Part II.Sergeant De Lacy Davis will lecture on the Social Justice Approach to Prison Re-entry: The Lionel Tate's Re-entry Plan & Others. A discussion will immediately follow the lecture.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

MLK Week of Service: Blood Drive

11:30 a.m. | Miron Student Center, room 228
Hosted by: Center for Leadership and Service

Please join Kean University and New Jersey/New York Blood Services in sharing the gift of life through blood donations.Please eat a meal prior to donating blood & bring ID with you to the blood drive. For an appointment, please visit tinyurl.com/KeanBloodDrives or call 1-800-933-2566. Walk-ins welcome!In the U.S., someone needs a blood transfusion every two to three seconds, and 95% of all Americans will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, quality, service, innovation and leadership in every area, New Jersey Blood Services embraces and values the highest ethical, humanitarian, medical and scientific standards including compassion, respect, integrity, and caring for all people, fostering a corporate and civic culture to continually earn and maintain the public trust.For more information, please contact the Center for Leadership and Service, located in Miron Student Center room 219, by calling 908-737-5170 or emailing serve@kean.edu.

A New Generation Fighting An Old War - Lecture & Discussion

Speaker: Rev. Marsha Lee-Watson

12:30 p.m. | Miron Student Center Little Theatre
Hosted by: Office of Africana Studies

Join us in celebrating African History Month with this year's theme: African People and Law Enforcement in the Age of Trump, Part II.Reverend Dr. Marsha Lee-Watson will lecture on A New Generation Fighting An Old War. A discussion will immediately follow the lecture.

Annual African Heritage Jazz Concert: Mr. Rene McLean & Urban Dejeliya

4 p.m. | Miron Student Center Little Theatre
Hosted by: Office of Africana Studies, Graduate and Part-Time Student Council and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Join us in celebrating the late, great Jazz musician Jackie McLean with a concert tribute featuring by Rene McLean and Urban Djeliya. Selections will highlight classic and other reputable jazz pieces.During intermission, several students of Kean University will perform poetry pieces with the assistance of the live band. We welcome you to join in the festivities!


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Do You Know Who I Am ?

7 p.m. | Upperclass Residence Hall (NURH) Multipurpose Room
Hosted by: Office of Residential Student Services

Students will work independently to answer questions Jeopardy Style. The question about the individuals will be facts that are not popular or commonly know. This how we plan to teach residents about to black history individuals.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

MLK Week of Service: Remembrance and Vigil

3:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Garden, Human Rights Institute
Hosted by: Center for Leadership and Service

Join the Kean community as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History by sharing excerpts from Dr. King's writings, speeches and sermons and have a brief moment of silence remembering his legacy.

Black History Extravaganza

7 p.m. | Miron Student Center Little Theatre
Hosted by: Kean Dance Theatre

Join Kean Dance Theatre as we take you through time to explore the different styles of dance from the 1900s up to now! This is an event not to be missed!

Interracial Love | Part 2

8 p.m. | Upperclass Residence Hall (NURH) Multipurpose Room
Hosted by: Office of Residential Student Services

The program will be a discussion based program. Residents that attend the program will be asked various questions regarding stigmas and misconceptions about interracial dating. Residents will also be told a couple statements and will have to identify if the statements are true or false and will have to explain why they decided if the statements was true or false.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dissecting Policing in Black and White: From COINTELPRO to Freddie Gray and Beyond - Lecture & Discussion

Speaker: Dr. Tyrone Powers

12:30 p.m. | Miron Student Center Little Theatre
Hosted by: Office of Africana Studies

Join the Office of Africana Studies in celebrating African History Month with this year's theme: African People and Law Enforcement in the Age of Trump, Part II.Dr. Tyrone Powers will lecture on Dissecting Policing in Black and White: From COINTELPRO to Freddie Gray and Beyond. A discussion will immediately follow.

MLK Week of Service: Bernice's Place - Read Across America Service Project

2:45 p.m. | Bernice's Place
Hosted by: Center for Leadership and Service

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. week of service join Jumpstart and the center for Leadership and Service at Bernice's Place. Bernice’s Place is an after school and summer program for homeless and at-risk children. They provide a safe, fun, and supportive environment for children to socialize, enjoy a healthy meal, and receive educational support. Please join the Center for Leadership and Service and the Jumpstart program as we help celebrate Read Across America! Volunteers will assist with a variety of reading activities, crafts, and educational games for the children of Bernice’s Place.Transportation will be provided. Information regarding departure time and location will be provided to approved volunteers closer to the event date. Also look forward to some MLK trivia on the way to and from the trip!Volunteers are expected to attend a MANDATORY ORIENTATION session on Wednesday, February 14th - a week prior to the actual volunteer opportunity. Students will be briefed on what their role will be for the Feb. 21st event. More information will be provided to approved volunteers. Pre-registration is required! Register on Cougar Link by going to https://kean.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/156839. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.If you have questions or would like to learn more about our volunteer opportunities please contact the Center for Leadership and Service, located in the Miron Student Center room 219, bycalling (908) 737-5170 or email us at serve@kean.edu.

A Glimpse into Mental Health Within the Black Community

5 p.m. | Upperclass Residence Hall (NURH) Multipurpose Room
Hosted by: Office of Residential Student Services

The program will discuss the stigma associated with not seeking help within the black community.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

MLK Week of Service: New Eyes for the Needy Service Project

11:45 a.m. | New Eyes for the Needy
Hosted by: Center for Leadership and Service

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. week of service, please join the Center for Leadership and Service at the New Eyes for the Needy service trip! New Eyes for the Needy is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization whose purpose is to improve the vision of the poor. New Eyes purchases new prescription eyeglasses through a voucher program for children and adults in the United States who cannot afford glasses on their own. New Eyes accepts, recycles and distributes donated glasses for poor people overseas. Join the Center for Leadership and Service in volunteering for New Eyes for the Needy. Volunteers will be needed to sort, test and box glasses for their overseas program. Transportation will be provided. Information regarding departure time and location will be provided to approved volunteers closer to the event date. Also look forward to some MLK trivia on the way to and from the trip!Pre-registration is required! Register on Cougar Link by going to https://kean.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/156839. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. If you have questions or would like to learn more about our volunteer opportunities please contact the Center for Leadership and Service, located in the Miron Student Center room 219, by calling (908) 737-5170 or email us at serve@kean.edu.

Blacked Out

7 p.m. | Miron Student Center Cougar's Den
Hosted by: The Poetry Club

Blacked Out is an interactive open mic celebrating black culture featuring interactives, giveaways, and more. By creating a platform for those in the African American community to share their beliefs, concerns, experiences, and opportunities for the future, we will be able to spotlight not only the injustices that have taken place, but also the beauty arraying from Black culture.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

MLK Week of Service: ARC of Union County Service Project

9:15 a.m. | ARC of Union County
Hosted by: Center for Leadership and Service

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. week of service, join the Center for Leadership and Service at the Arc of Union County. The Arc of Union County, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc serves more than 1,000 adults and children each month from 21 towns in Union County, as well as the greater Northern and Central NJ counties. Volunteers will be assisting with the weekend respite program that was developed to provide families with assistance and support for their ongoing responsibilities related to caring for an individual with a disability. Volunteers are needed to help with indoor activities such as games, arts & crafts, and other socialization opportunities for each child and adult based on his/her individual interests and abilities. Transportation will be provided. Information regarding departure time and location will be provided to approved volunteers closer to the event date. Also look forward to some MLK trivia on the way to and from the trip!Pre-registration is required! Register on Cougar Link by going to https://kean.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/156839. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. If you have questions or would like to learn more about our volunteer opportunities please contact the Center for Leadership and Service, located in the Miron Student Center room 219, by calling (908) 737-5170 or email us at serve@kean.edu.

MLK Week of Service: Community FoodBank Service Project

10:45 a.m. | Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Hosted by: Center for Leadership and Service

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. week of service, please join the Center for Leadership and Service at the Community Food Bank.More than 41 million Americans are food insecure, which means they don’t know if they have enough to feed themselves and their families. Close to one million of them live in New Jersey. Nearly 300,000 of those are children. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey has 150 employees who fight hunger every day. They purchase and collect food for distribution; package food orders for local soup kitchens and food pantries; help people in need through SNAP (food stamps) application assistance; reach communities with limited resources with mobile pantries; and encourage others to get involved. Last year, the FoodBank distributed more than 50 million pounds of food, 25 percent of which was fresh produce. In order to reach this level of growth and success, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey relies on the volunteer efforts of individuals, corporations, foundations, houses of worship, schools, and community groups. Join the Center for Leadership and Service as we continue to provide our ongoing volunteer support! To learn more please visit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, or for volunteer frequently asked questions, please click here. Transportation will be provided. Information regarding departure time and location will be provided to approved volunteers closer to the event date. Also look forward to some MLK trivia on the way to and from the trip!Pre-registration is required! Register on Cougar Link by going to https://kean.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/156839. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. If you have questions or would like to learn more about our volunteer opportunities please contact the Center for Leadership and Service, located in the Miron Student Center room 219, by calling (908) 737-5170 or email us at serve@kean.edu.


Sunday, February 25, 2018

MLK Week of Service: Adopt-A-Park Service Project

9:45 a.m. | Adopt-A-Park
Hosted by: Center for Leadership and Service

The Union County Parks consist of 36 parks spanning 6,200 acres. These parks are maintained with the help of dedicated volunteers throughout the year. Please join the Center for Leadership and Service and the Union County Parks Environmental Specialist in removing debris and litter from the parks, restoring park area streams, and fixing fenced areas in our park community. For more information about the Union County Park's Adopt-A-Park program visit their website by clicking here. Please be aware that this volunteer opportunity is outside and you are expected to dress accordingly.Transportation will be provided. Information regarding departure time and location will be provided to approved volunteers closer to the event date.Pre-registration is required! Register on Cougar Link by going to https://kean.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/156839. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. If you have questions or would like to learn more about our volunteer opportunities please contact the Center for Leadership and Service, located in the Miron Student Center room 219, by calling (908) 737-5170 or email us at serve@kean.edu.


Monday, February 26, 2018

Label Me Not

7 p.m. | Miron Student Center, room 226A
Hosted by: Mu Sigma Upsilon

Experiencing discrimination or even seeing it on the news can have a huge impact on a person's psychological health. Regardless of personal experiences with overt discrimination, belonging to a group that regularly faces discrimination can be just as traumatic. Additionally, just the anticipation of discrimination can cause high levels of stress, anxiety and trauma. Join the sisters of Mu Sigma Upsilon, Sorority Inc. to learn self-care and coping mechanisms that can help alleviate some of the negative effects of discrimination-related stress and trauma.

Movie Night: Marshall

7 p.m. | Miron Student Center Little Theatre
Hosted by: Student Government’s P.U.L.S.E.

Hey Cougars, come out with us as we get to watch the movie Marshall in honor of black history month. Take a look at two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty. Meet us in the Little Theater February 2, 2018 at 7 pm. Make sure you bring your student ID.


Black History Month 2018 at Kean University is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Africana Studies, Alpha Phi Alpha, Beta Kappa Psi, Center for Leadership and Service, Graduate and Part-time Student Council, Kean Dance Theatre, Kean Galleries, Kean Stage, Lambda Theta Alpha, Mu Sigma Upsilon, Pan African Student Union, the Office of Residential Student Services, the Office of Student Government, Student Government’s P.U.L.S.E., The Poetry Club and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

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