SJU Celebrates Black History Month with Engaging and Reflective Programming

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (February 2, 2017) — In honor of Black History Month, celebrated nationally throughout the month of February, Saint Joseph’s University’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity, in partnership with academic departments and offices across campus, will host a series of events intended to inspire reflection and celebrate the contributions of African Americans throughout history.

  • National African American Read-In; Thursday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library and 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Center for Inclusion and Diversity (Campion 210)
  • Sister Thea Bowman Lecture Series featuring Nyasia Junior, Ph.D., assistant professor of the Hebrew Bible at Temple University, on “Jephthah’s Daughter: Gender, Bible, and #SayHerName," a lecture connects efforts to reclaim the story of Jephthah’s Daughter with current activism for Black girls and women who have been victims of police brutality; Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. in Campion Student Center’s North Lounge.
  • Lest We Forget Traveling Slavery Exhibit and Documentary; Wednesday, Feb. 22, 4 to 7 p.m. in the Campion Student Center Forum Theater 

“When he visited campus in 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., reminded us that our destinies are tied together," says Monica Nixon, Ph.D., assistant provost for inclusion and diversity. "Our Black History Month programs, as well as those that will continue throughout the year, underscore that Black history is American history."

Media Contact

University Communications,, 620-660-1222

Event Contact

Monica Nixon, Ph.D., assistant provost for inclusion and diversity, 610-660-1015, 


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni — over 68,000 strong — provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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