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Delaware Valley University to Host Black History Month Events

Jan 30, 2019

To celebrate Black History Month, Delaware Valley University will be hosting a variety of educational events that will be open to the community. The community events will include a screening and discussion of the award-winning film “Black Panther,” and a guest lecture from Adrienne G. Whaley, manager of school programs and partnerships at the Museum of the American Revolution. Whaley’s talk will look at the role of African Americans in the American Revolution. For those who can’t make it to campus, two of DelVal’s faculty members will be doing a radio interview on farming and African American history. There is no cost to participate in the programs, but advanced registration is required for the film screening and discussion of “Black Panther.” 

“We want to provide opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff, as well as area high school students, teachers, and interested residents, to enjoy these engaging events that celebrate African American history and culture,” said Assistant Professor of History and Public Policy Dr. Craig Stutman. 

Event Schedule:

“Into the Garden” Interview with Delaware Valley University Faculty 
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 5 to 6 p.m. 

Listen to “Into the Garden,” on WDVR 89.7-FM out of Sergeantsville, New Jersey, to hear a discussion on 
African Americans in farming and agriculture. Two historians from the DelVal faculty, Dr. Craig Stutman, and Dr. David Snyder, will join Milo Morris to discuss his one-man show on his family’s history. Morris will tell stories about four generations of his family members and their experiences in farming. Dr. Stutman will be sharing lost stories of African American families who were working on farms in the North, as well as free landholders as part of the program. Dr. Snyder will share a political perspective on the different historical times when the generations were living and farming. 

“African Americans During the American Revolution” 
Postponed due to weather. The event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building auditorium. 

Courtesy: Adrienne G. Whaley. Adrienne G. Whaley.

Adrienne G. Whaley, manager of school programs and partnerships at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, will visit campus to present, “African Americans During the American Revolution.” On the eve of the American Revolution, one-fifth of British North America’s residents were people of African descent. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…but for whom? As American colonists protested what they perceived as unequal treatment from the British – and sometimes referred to as slavery – they held hundreds of thousands of people of African descent in lifelong servitude. For these legally enslaved men, women, and children, the turbulent 1760s to the 1780s provided moments of both opportunity and frustration. In this presentation, learn how the Museum of the American Revolution uses objects and documents to encourage students to dig into stories of liberty and slavery during the Revolution. 
Tickets: There is no cost to attend and, guests do not need to register in advance.
Sponsor: The event is being sponsored by the history, policy and society program.

“Black Panther” Film Screening and Discussion
Thursday, Feb. 28, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Life Sciences Building auditorium

Credit: Marvel/Disney. 

Join Delaware Valley University for a screening of the award-winning film “Black Panther,” followed by a panel discussion. The panel will include experts in African American History, graphic novels, African American literature and film and more. The panel will include a special guest, Vice President of Programming at the African American Museum in Philadelphia Ivan Henderson, as well as DelVal faculty.

The faculty panelists include:

Tickets: There is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is required. Register online through Eventbrite
Sponsors: The event is being sponsored by the history, policy and society program and the Department of English