Penn State Harrisburg celebrates Black History Month

Paint strokes of black, red, yellow and black with the words "Black History Month" in white
Credit: Sharon Siegfried

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – Penn State Harrisburg will honor Black History Month with several events and activities.

Black History Month Digital Display Slideshow During the Month of February. Slides will be displayed to honor past and present Black faculty and staff and celebrate their contributions to the Penn State Harrisburg community.

Library DisplayMid January through February, Madlyn L. Hanes Library, 1st floor. In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month, this display features materials from the College History Archives. On display are winning examples of the college's annual MLK Poster contest and playbills from the MLK Campus Play Series. 

Read 365 Through February. Penn State Harrisburg Read 365 readers are selecting to read books to celebrate Black History month. For more information, please contact Alyson Garland, Diversity and Educational Equity Committee (DEEC) Project Lead at [email protected].

Cultures of Movement Series – STEP Afrika! Workshop – Thursday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Capital Union Building, Room 219. This is an entry level workshop and a general introduction to the style of dance known as "Step." All students are welcome to attend. This workshop is a companion event to the theatrical performance at 7 p.m.

Cultures of Movement Series – STEP Afrika! – Thursday, Feb. 15, 7-9 p.m., Mukund Kulkarni Theatre in the Student Enrichment Center. Penn State Harrisburg Kinesiology's Cultures of Movement Series presents STEP Afrika! dance troupe, which has performed on the world's largest stages, for an entertaining and educational exploration of the Step dance style deeply rooted in African American culture. This is the first event in a series that brings together the science of kinesiology and the styles of dance and movement associated with different cultures. Register to attend on Engage or at

Trip to Gamut Theater Play – The Jackson Rooming House: Music’s Resting Place – Saturday, Feb. 17, 6:15-9:30 p.m. Celebrate Black History Month and explore the Jackson Room House, a place that played a special and significant role in Harrisburg’s African American History. Students can register for this free event on Engage at

Trip to National Museum of African American History & Culture Saturday, Feb. 24, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Student bus transportation to and from Washington, D.C. to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. For more details and to register, visit Engage at

Black History Month Celebration Luncheon – Education, Celebration and Transformation at Penn State Harrisburg – Thursday, Feb. 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Capital Union Building, Room 210. Event will celebrate past, present and future Black individuals within the Penn State Harrisburg community.