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TCNJ celebrates Black History Month

An evening with an American political activist and author, a bus trip to Washington, D.C.’s Museum of African American History and Culture, and an exploration into intercultural relationships are all part of TCNJ’s programming for Black History Month. 

The on-campus celebration begins on Friday, January 31 at 12:30 p.m. with the raising of the Pan-African flag on the front steps of Trenton Hall. The flag has served as a representation of black people since early in the 19th century. The flag raising ceremony signifies the beginning of a month-long celebration of education and social events. 

All members of the campus community are invited to join us for the following on-campus events:

TCNJ celebrates Black History MonthAn Evening with Angela Davis
February 4, 7 p.m., Kendall Hall
A lecture with writer, activist, feminist, and scholar Angela Davis to discuss violence against women and the ongoing challenge to racism. A Q&A session will follow. 

TCNJ celebrates Black History MonthToni Morrison Book Club
February 6, 5 p.m., Mayo Concert Hall
Join TCNJ faculty members Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson, Piper Kendrix Williams, and Juda Bennett for a moderated talk that focuses on their jointly authored and recently published book, The Toni Morrison Book Club. Moderated by Jess Row. 

TCNJ celebrates Black History MonthGloria Harper Dickinson Lecture feat. Therí Pickens
February 26, 5–7 p.m., Education Building 115
Guest speaker Therí Pickens will discuss her new book, Black Madness :: Mad Blackness. Pickens is an associate professor of English at Bates College, studying Arab American and African American literature and disability issues.

Additional programming organized by TCNJ’s Black Student Union includes:

Table Talk: My Black Is …
February 5, 7 p.m.
Brower Student Center 101
A meeting to discuss how students’ color affects and empowers them to identify what is beautiful about their blackness. 

Washington D.C. Bus Trip
February 8, 6:45 a.m.– 10 p.m.
A bus trip to Washington D.C. to visit the Museum of African American History and Culture. Contact for details. Bus leaves from Brower Student Center at 6:45 a.m. FREE with a $5 refundable deposit. 

BSU Bake Sale Fundraiser
February 12, 11 a.m.
Brower Student Center Steps

Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement
February 12, 1 p.m.
Mayo Concert Hall
A multimedia performance about young leaders of the civil rights movement. 

Table Talk: The Vote
February 12, 7 p.m.
Social Sciences Building 105
A meeting to discuss the Black History Month theme: The Vote. A discussion about current black elected officials at the local and national level. 

Exploring Intercultural Relationships
February 13, 7 p.m.
Brower Student Center 225W
A roundtable discussion about the importance of and impact between people of different cultures. 

Change Church Service
February 16, 11:30 a.m.
200 Ludlow Ave., Ewing, NJ 08628
A visit to Change Church Ewing with the Black Student Union.

Black Hair Over the Decades
February 18, 7 p.m.
Business Building 206
Kinkz and Coilz general body meeting about the history of hair among the Black community. 

Dinner at Eickhoff Hall
February 20, 4–9 p.m.
The Atrium at Eickhoff
A dinner that incorporates meals from African American, African, Caribbean, and South American cultures. 

Excellence Ball
February 29, 7:30–11 p.m.
Brower Student Center 100
BSU’s annual Excellence Ball featuring free food, music, dancing, pictures, and more. Dress to impress! 

For more information on any of these events, please email TCNJ’s Black Student Union at

Follow @tcnjbsu on Instagram for updates and information on additional programming throughout the month. 

Events are sponsored in large part by TCNJ’s Black Student Union and are SAF funded. Other event sponsors include The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Kinkz and Coilz, African American Studies Department, Sociology and Anthropology Department, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, and the Office of Academic Affairs.