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Penn State Harrisburg will host an African-American Read-In for the campus community on Feb. 12, 2019.

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Penn State Harrisburg to hold events during Black History Month

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Penn State Harrisburg will hold several events in February in honor of Black History Month.

Guion Bluford lecture: "STEM Forward: Minorities in Engineering"

Feb. 7, 6:15 p.m.-8 p.m., Mukund S. Kulkarni Theatre, Student Enrichment Center

Penn State alumnus Guion Bluford Jr., the first African-American astronaut, will present a lecture sponsored by the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology in partnership with the National Society of Black Engineers – Penn State Harrisburg Chapter.

African-American Read-In

Feb. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Russell E. Horn Sr. Spiritual Center, Student Enrichment Center (Room 210)

To celebrate Black History Month and highlight African-American authors, the Office of Student Life and Intercultural Programs at Penn State Harrisburg will host an African-American Read-In on campus. The campus community is invited to listen to the literary works of African-American writers read by student, faculty and staff members.

The National African-American Read-In began in 1989 to promote diversity in children’s literature, encourage young people to read, and shine a spotlight on African-American authors. The Read-In has attracted over a million readers of all ethnic groups from 49 states, the West Indies, and some African countries gathering in schools, churches, bookstores, community centers and homes to celebrate literacy and black American literature.

The True Black History Museum

Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Morrison Gallery (Library)

The True Black History Museum, a traveling exhibit with artifacts dating from the late 1700s to the 21st century, was established to preserve the history of African-American people and to provide information on the many great contributions that African Americans have made.

“A Tribute to the African American Journey"

Feb. 28, 12:15 p.m., Morrison Gallery (Library)

"A Tribute to the African American Journey,” a lecture by True Black History Museum founder Fred Saffold II, will take the audience through the African-American experience utilizing the artifacts in the exhibit and explaining the significance of these artifacts the present day.