Mount Union Plans Black History Month Events

February 01, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union will host a number of events in honor and celebration of Black History Month in February.

Black History Month programming will kick off on Thursday with a Black Student Union Roundtable discussion at 7:30 p.m. in the Engineering and Business Building (EBB), Room 203.

On Thursday, February 11, a Black Lives Matter Panel will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall. On Friday, February 12, a Black History Month International Presentation will be held at 4:15 p.m. in the Hoover-Price Campus Center’s Newbold (East) Room. Student presenters will represent their home countries of Ethiopia, Ghana and Rwanda.

A poetry night will take place at 9 p.m. on Monday, February 15 in the Kresge Dining Commons. This event will be hosted by the National Slam Poetry champion Jamele Adams, very well known in the New York City area in slam poetry circles. Known as Harlym 1two5, he was a frequent and highly regarded figure in competitions in New York and beyond. He participates in the Boston area poetry scene and joined a team of poets who have won numerous competitions regionally and nationally.

On Tuesday, February 16, Adams will present a Black History Month keynote address at 7:30 p.m. in Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts. Adams is the Dean of Students at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He came to his position after several years as the Director of the Jeter’s Leaders, a program in the Derek Jeter Turn 2 Foundation. In this role, Adams oversaw a unique leadership program that supported high school age students in the New York City area.

He previously served as an academic advisor to first year students at Montclair State University in New Jersey and as assistant dean of students at Kenyon College in Ohio. He is known for his work in the Boston area where he leads diversity workshops and for his presentations and panels at various colleges.

The last event of the month will take place on Tuesday, February 22 with a Black Student Union Lip Synch Battle at 7:30 p.m. in the Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

All Black History Month events are sponsored by Black Student Union, the Diversity Initiatives Steering Committee and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Mount Union. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (330) 823-2138.

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