IUP Punxsutawney celebrated African-American History Month on February 25 with presentations and readings by members of the campus community. Over 90 people attended the event, which was organized by Library Technician Carol Asamoah. The evening’s theme was “Teachable Moments in History.”
Those in attendance at the event learned about the many contributions Black Americans have made to history. Students were encouraged to think “outside the box” in deciding who to speak about. Among those celebrated at the event were individuals such as Lewis Lattimer and Zora Neale Hurston. In addition, students read poems by writers such as Maya Angelou and Robert Hayden. The Divine Praise Gospel Choir also performed.
Master of Ceremonies for the program was Biology major Jevon Graham-Wooten, a first-year student, library employee, and president of Punxsy Productions, the video production club. D.J. Emmanuel Manny Depas provided music during the reception that followed, at which Chef Bob Stevens and his staff served up a menu of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, jalapeno cornbread, pineapple upside down cake, and pink lemonade.