Black History Month events upcoming at Delaware State University

Delaware State News
Posted 1/25/23

Delaware State University will celebrate Black History Month with the a number of events that are open to the public.

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Black History Month events upcoming at Delaware State University

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DOVER — Delaware State University will celebrate Black History Month with the following events that are open to the public.

  • A screening of “Out of Omaha” will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in Parlor C of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center. The 90-minute documentary provides an intimate portrait of twin brothers Darcell and Darrell Trotter, two young Black men coming of age in the racially and economically divided Midwestern town of Omaha, Nebraska. The film’s director Clay Tweel met the Trotters when they were age 17 and filmed them over a period of eight years, capturing how they have been impacted by their life decisions, as well as by decisions that were imposed upon them by “the system.” A panel discussion will follow the film.
  • Dr. Julius Garvey, the son of Black history figure Marcus Garvey, will be a guest speaker at 7 p.m. Feb. 7. He will share his powerful perspective on the life of his father in the Education and Humanities Theatre. Dr. Garvey is the author of “The Philosophy & Opinions of Marcus Garvey or Africa for the Africans.” The Jamaican-born Marcus Garvey came to the U.S. in 1916 and became a prominent advocate for Black separatism and self-reliance, while providing a counterargument to the integrationist philosophy of prominent civil rights intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois.
  • University historian Carlos Holmes will give a presentation on the 132-year history of Delaware State University at noon Feb. 8 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center’s Parlor C.
  • A “Discovering Your Roots” workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center parlors. The event will share the tools available to begin finding ancestors and discuss the use of public records, documents, ancestry portals and other resources to take familial sketches and paint a more comprehensive picture of an individual’s roots. Additionally, participants will learn how to verify documents to ensure that the researched person or information is accurate.
  • The university’s Student Government Association will host a Living Black Museum, a business expo and a fashion show from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 23 in all the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center parlors. Students will portray key figures in Black history by telling that person’s story in his or her own words. At the expo, school entrepreneurs will highlight their businesses and provide a variety of goods for purchase. The fashion show will showcase student creativity by modeling the latest designs.
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