Black History Month 2021


BHM, Edinboro

February 4, 4 p.m.

The Black Transgender Community and Social Justice: How Black Transgender Community Became Catalyst for Social Justice 


Presenters: Dena Stanley, CEO & Founder TransYOUniting, Dr. Will Koehler and Dalen Hooks, Central Outreach Advocacy, and Dr. Adrienne Dixon, Counseling 

While the Civil Rights Movement resulted in monumental legal changes for a country just 100 years removed from slavery, African Americans continue to experience bias, discrimination, and prejudice at all levels of society.

LGBTQ African Americans, often live at the intersection of racism.  In 2020, there was an unprecedented number of trans murders. or gender non-conforming lives - the majority of which were Black transgender women. This presentation will explore the intersection of gender and race for black Trans and the implications for the social justice movement.

February 9, 12:30 p.m. 

African  American Male Mental Health 


Dr. Armani Davis, an Edinboro alumni, leads an important discussion about the impact of mental health issues on African American men in these difficult and stressful times. He is joined by another Edinboro alum (Taylor) and a licensed counselor (Gethers) in a conversation that delves into specific stressors faced by African American men with candor while providing examples of ways to cope with mental health issues.

This session was held in the fall semester, while the COVID virus continued to add to the stresses the country was facing around the election season, from being isolated and missing family and friends. Each share personal stories and strategies that they use in their lives to make it through. Join us for the repeat of this valuable session. 

Meet the Greeks: Fraternity Edition

February 11, 4 p.m.

I Can't Breathe: A Review of the Frederick Douglas Research Collaborate 


Sponsored by the Edinboro University Frederick Douglas Institute 

The presenters will discuss the Douglass Collaborative partnership with the 400 Years of African American History National Commission to produce a publication titled, "I Fear for My Life: They that Mourn and the Let Me Read You Your Rights" project.

Additionally, they will discuss their research and contribution envisioned as a collection that will bring collective attention to the recent deaths of unarmed black citizens at the hands of law enforcement that have gained public notoriety.

The "Let Me Read You Your Rights" project is a student-facilitated project of readings from the Constitution and Bill of Rights between students and law enforcement folks in our various communities. 

February 12, 7 p.m. 

Love and Lyrics: A Black History Month Collaboration 


Sponsored by the Edinboro University Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Clarion University Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Education  

Join us for an online social event featuring the spoken word artistry of Icon and the musical genius of Ivy Roots. Their company says, “as a teaching artist, iCon helps others find their voices by conducting workshops for youth as well as the incarcerated, using her words/work to speak largely on topics related to race, women’s issues, and self-discovery/Love”.

They exclaim that Ivy Roots is “an up-and-coming singer/songwriter from the Midwest. From singing, writing, playing piano and to guitar, to producing beats, she continues to grow into her artistry. Her style ranges from feel-good 90’s R&B/Hip Hop, to acoustic music, Neo Soul and Pop.” It will be a good way to spend an evening with your fellow students. 

February 18,  4 p.m.  

Social Justice Pedagogy 


Presenters will explore critical components of social justice education as well as social norms that sustains practices of oppression and marginalization. The panel will also address implications of systemic marginalization, deconstruction and critical literacy and its relationship to education.  

February 25, 12:30 p.m. 

BHM Keynote: The importance of Black History Month Today 


Our keynote speaker, Dr. Shavonne R. Shorter, teaches in the Communication Studies department at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She was invited to join us to provide the closing words to the Edinboro University community as we finish our Black History Month celebration.

Her work in the classroom is complemented by the extraordinary efforts she puts into guiding Bloomsburg’s diversity efforts in her work for their president. She also is well known for her advocacy for social justice issues and will help frame how relevant Black History Month celebrations are to modern day activism. Part of Diversity Dialogues 

February 5, 12, 19 and 26, 5-7 p.m.

Art Therapy Social Justice Open Studio

Black History 2021

The Art Therapy Department and the Frederick Douglass Institute will host a weekly Open Art Therapy Studio throughout February beginning Friday 5. These social justice studios feature a space to further the conversations from the Thursday FDI panels and as a place to creatively process within a virtual community setting.

Link: Edinboro Zoom  

March 3,  4 p.m.

Intersectionality at the Crossroads of Gender and Race: Material Support Across Difference 

Dr. Melinda Q. Brennan, Assistant Chair, Women's & Gender Studies, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

Diversity Management Speakers Series, Sponsored by Slippery Rock University  

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