'Unapologetically Black' at ESU celebrates black culture and history

Activities are offered to the public at no cost

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  • “Colored Museum,” a play written by George C. Wolfe, showcases 11 “exhibits” that explore and satirize prominent themes and identities found within black culture (Photo: Chuk Nowak)

  • Kyle Adams (Twitter photo)

  • Playwright George C. Wolfe (Wikipedia Commons)

— East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania is celebrating Black History Month with a series of events throughout February.

This year’s theme, “Unapologetically Black,” celebrates black culture, history, and hope for a greater tomorrow. All programing illuminates various elements of blackness through art, dialogue, and advocacy.

The celebration kicked off with a presentation by Dr. Aaron X. Smith, professor of Africana studies at Temple University who is committed to Pan-Africanism and youth development through the use of hip hop culture.

The activities below are open to the public at no cost:

Black to Our Roots Saturday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m., in Stroud Hall, Room 117 — The Greater Pocono Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, the Monroe County NAACP, and ESU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will showcase black history through an evening of music, dance, and spoken word.

Colored Museum Saturday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m., at the Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts — The Office of Multicultural Affairs will present the production “Colored Museum,” a play written by George C. Wolfe showcasing 11 “exhibits” that explore and satirize prominent themes and identities found within black culture.

Kyle Adams Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. in the SciTech Auditorium — Guest speaker Kyle Adams, presented by the Black Student Union, is an award-winning women’s basketball coach with more than 15 years leading or supporting collegiate and high school programs. He engages partners willing to commit their resources and influence to support women’s intercollegiate athletics, and possesses an excellent ability to identify and recruit talent. He is known for emphasizing integrity and the educational welfare of student-athletes.

For more information about Black History Month at ESU, email Ly’Esha Fleming at lfleming@esu.edu or call 570-422-3532.

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