Westminster College's Diversity Services Office Announces Black History Month Activities

Friday, February 7, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College will celebrate Black History Month with a series of programs that are free to the public.

The events are sponsored by the Office of Diversity Services.

Sallye (Jean) Speight will present "Journeys to the Motherland" 5-8p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in the Berlin Student Lounge of McKelvey Campus Center.  Speight will present her personal collection of artifacts consisting of various types of textiles, clothing, jewelry, carvings, masks, musical instruments and paintings from The Motherland.  The rich history of each item will be shared, and the clothing and jewelry will be modeled by Westminster students. The event, which includes the Karamu Soul Food Feast, is co-sponsored by the Westminster Black Student Union.

"‘The Drum Speaks' with the African-American Artist Network: The Journey and Significance of the Drum in African and African-American Culture" is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the bottom floor of the McKelvey Campus Center. 

The Fifth Annual African-American Read-In is scheduled for 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Farrell Elementary. The Read-In is co-sponsored by Westminster's Department of Education, and allows for the College's education majors to share with students at Farrell Elementary selected books written by African-American authors.

The Streetball Kingz Basketball Game is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the College's gymnasium. The game is co-sponsored by the Westminster Athletic Department, the Black Student Union, Westminster's Drinko Center for Experiential Learning, the Office of Faith and Spirituality, and the Student Government Association.

The Community Outreach Multicultural Presentation is scheduled for 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Haine Middle School.

An African-American History display will be featured in Westminster's McGill Library for the entire month.

Contact Jeannette Hubbard, director of diversity services, at 724-946-6178 or email for additional information. 

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.