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, 


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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