Binghamton University celebrates Black History Month


Binghamton University’s Black Student Union will reflect on the progress, richness, and diversity of African American achievements with a series of events in recognition of Black History Month.

The events begin with a Unity March at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 24, in front of the University Union.  Activities will continue at 7:30 p.m. with a discussion in Lecture Hall 14 by Reuben Greenberg, police chief of Charleston, South Carolina. Greenberg, who has appeared on 60 Minutes and Larry King Live, is known for his innovations in the implementation of modern community policing strategies. Greenberg will be speaking about his experiences growing up both Black and Jewish. The event is sponsored by the Black Student Union and the Jewish Student Union.

The celebration continues 7 p.m. Friday, February 25, with a Harlem Renaissance festival in the University Union Mini-Mall.  The event, reflecting the 1920s and 30s, will feature Black artistry in the form of music, paintings, dance, literature, and poetry. A jazz band will also be on hand.

At 7:15 p.m. Saturday, February 26, distinguished political scientist Manning Marable will present a Black History Month keynote address in Lecture Hall 1. Marable, professor of public affairs, political science, history and African-American Studies at Columbia University, is a national leader in the development of web-based, educational resources on the African-American experience. He has written over 275 articles in academic journals and authors a political commentary series, “Along the Color Line,” which appears in over 400 newspapers and journals worldwide. Past participants in the Black History Month speakers’ series include Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson, and Angela Davis.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Black Student Union at 607-777-2885.

Last Updated: 9/17/13