History in the making

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Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at 12:07 AM
History in the making by Lucas Hershelman
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“I think,” began Pertrina Marrero, director of the Center of Diversity and Inclusion, “that programing has to transcend themes and themed months, because history actually happens every single day. We must also be mindful that themes kind of box us [in], versus life being a plethora of events and happenings that shape and form what’s happening in the world.”  

This philosophy is what inspired Marrero and her graduate assistants, Caleb Richardson III and Dalontai Pond, to treat February as a month honoring different cultures, highlighted by Black History Month events (pictured on left).  

“Not only are we exploring the art, music and food of African-American and Asian cultures, but we are also discovering the passion of these individuals and the sacrifices that many groups endured to lead us to today,” she stated in a university email. 

This month’s festivities at Edinboro are unique in this expanse, according to Marrero, because they seek to include not only black students, but international students, who according to her, are often forgotten about in the bustle of planning events.  

Ashlee Haze, popular spoken word and slam poet, kicked off the month on Friday, Feb. 1, performing her work in the Pogue Student Center. On that note, Dr. Frank G. Pogue, who the building is named after, was EU’s first African American president.

Chinese New Year celebrations took place Feb. 5, during which events allowed students to both enjoy and learn about Chinese culture. Future programming includes the “True Black History Museum” on Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., a soul food luncheon on Feb. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and finally the month will conclude with showings of 2018 film, “The Hate U Give.”  

The True Black History Museum will boast a collection of authentic artifacts from multiple generations of African-American families and will be on display in Van Houten North Dining Hall.  The soul food meal will take place in the learning commons, where you can enjoy the food and additional programming. A professor will speak on the social and artistic explosion of the Harlem Renaissance.  

Edinboro will end the month by showing two screenings of “The Hate U Give” in the Pogue Student Center’s Scot Cinema. These are scheduled for 5 and 8 p.m. on Feb. 23. The film is based on the 2017 novel by Angie Thomas.  

“The goal always, no matter what month it is, is to always educate and bring a community about here in Edinboro, not just a black community, Asian community, and Latino,” said Marrero.  

“The educational set-up will allow students who are not a part of a culture to feel a little more comfortable enjoying these events. Edinboro University has celebrated differences in people and culture for very long periods of time.”  

The event was programmed and coordinated by the Center of Diversity and Inclusion. The programming can be found by contacting the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Edinboro University, or by visiting edinboro.edu/diversity. 

Lucas Hershelman | eupnews.spectator@gmail.com

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