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Celebrating African American History Month  

In observance of February being African American History Month, Seton Hall University and on-campus student organizations are hosting numerous events and activities on campus. The national theme for 2018 African American History Month is "African Americans in Times of War." The annual theme is established by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

Picture of Black History Month 2018ASALH was founded by historian Carter G. Woodson, known as the "Father of Black History." In 1915, Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History – now called the ASALH. Eleven years later, Woodson initiated the celebration of Negro History Week, which corresponded with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. This annual celebration was expanded to include the entire month of February. Today, African American History Month garners support throughout the country as people of all ethnic and social backgrounds discuss the black experience. ASALH views the promotion of African American History Month as one of the most important components of advancing Woodson's legacy.

"By encouraging Seton Hall's administration, faculty and students to examine our historical foundations, we are sending forth a more enlightened generation of servant leaders and fulfilling the strategic mission of the University," said Rev. Forrest Pritchett, Ph.D., Director of Special Projects, Freshman Studies and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar Program. Rev. Pritchett urges university-wide participation in African American History Month activities to honor Carter G. Woodson's legacy and to make America a better place through our remembrance and celebration of life and culture in our nation.

Picture of Black Soldiers at WarThe 2018 theme, "African Americans in Times of War," commemorates the centennial of the end of the First World War in 1918 and explores the complex meanings and implications of this international struggle and its aftermath. Times of war – from the Revolutionary War Era to the present - inevitably provide the framework for many stories related to African American soldiers and sailors, veterans, and civilians. This year's theme is filled with paradoxes of valor and defeat, of civil rights opportunities and setbacks, of struggles abroad and at home, of artistic creativity and repression, and of catastrophic loss of life and the righteous hope for peace.

"African Americans have fought in every major American war from the battles of the American Revolution, through the unprecedented carnage of the American Civil War, to the distant overseas battlefields in both World Wars," said Larry Greene, Ph.D., Professor in the History Department. "In many of these wars, African Americans fought not only for their freedom but for those of others as well, all while hoping their participation would make full citizenship and racial equality in America a reality. After each of these many wars, African Americans hoped their military contribution would bring the democratic promise of equality to fruition only to be disappointed, but also simultaneously motivated to continue the struggle for full equality in America."

This year's theme suggests that contemporary conditions, past and present, give us cause for critical pause in our studies and deliberations to consider the specific and unique issues faced by African Americans in times of war. ROTC Pirate Battalion Sergeant First Class Julius W. Moore II is assigned to the Department of Military Science.

When asked to reflect on his decades in the military, Moore explained: "I am an Infantryman. During my 22 years of service, I spent 37 months deployed. I served as an operation specialist, Stryker vehicle commander, infantry squad and weapons squad leader, and platoon sergeant leading up to 42 soldiers into combat. Some would think that there would be challenges in being an African American soldier during a time of war. That is contrary to my experience. Senior leaders recognized my dedication to the mission was unwavering. I rapidly absorbed information and developed relevant courses of action in combat situations which helped me stand out from my peers."

He added, "With all that said, I can tell my soldiers, peers, and senior leaders in my unit were color blind. We did not see each other that way, we were all "Brothers in Arms," and we had to depend on each other to make it back home. We sweat, bleed, cried, and fought for each other's survival. Importantly, we were our brother's keeper!"

Student organizations have worked diligently to plan a variety of events to enrich the cultural experience of Seton Hall students, faculty and members of the surrounding community. Everyone is encouraged to attend one or more of the events to continue the conversation on race taking place on our campus.

Thursday, February 8 
Program: Rhyme-Antics Game Night 
Sponsor: Black Men of Standard (BMS) 
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Location: UC Living room

Monday, February 12 
Program: What’s the Difference: Afro-Caribbean Panel Discussion 
Sponsor: West Indian Student Organization (WISO) 
Time: 7 p.m. 
Location: Arts & Sciences, 109

Program: Music of the Movements 
Sponsor: Zeta Phi Beta 
Time: 8 p.m. 
Location: Arts & Sciences, 106

Tuesday, February 13 
Program: Black Love 
Sponsor: National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) & BMS 
Time: 7 p.m. 
Location: Chancellor’s Suite

Wednesday, February 14 
Program: Black History Month Cinema 
Sponsor: MLKSA 
Time: 8 p.m. 
Location: Nursing, 113

Thursday, February 15 
Program: Black Panther Black Tie Premier 
Sponsor: BSU 
Time: 7 p.m. 
Location: Newark, NJ 
Purchase tickets here

Program: Skooled Kickoff 
Sponsor: Skooled 
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Location: TBA

Sunday, February 18 
Program: Cohost Tribute to Black Men 
Sponsor: BSU & NCNW 
Time: 8 p.m. 
Location: Chancellor’s Suite

Monday, February 19 
Program: Love is Love 
Sponsor: BSU 
Time: 8 p.m. 
Location: Arts & Sciences, 109

Tuesday, February 20 
Program: Let's Talk About the "N" Word 
Sponsor: BSU 
Time: 8 p.m. 
Location: Arts & Sciences, 109

Program: Notable Men of Sigma 
Sponsor: Phi Beta Sigma 
Time: TBA 
Location: Arts & Sciences, 107

Wednesday, February 21 
Program: National Council of Negro Women Information Session 
Sponsor: NCNW 
Time: 7 p.m. 
Location: Arts & Sciences

Program: Black History Month Jeopardy 
Sponsor: MLKSA 
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Nursing, 102

Program: ______ Lives Matter 
Sponsor: BSU 
Time: 8 p.m. 
Location: Arts & Sciences, 109

Program: Mr. NCNW Information Session 
Sponsor: NCNW 
Time: 8 p.m. 
Location: Arts & Sciences

Thursday, February 22 
Program: Black Arts Movement 
Sponsor: Council of Africana Scholars 
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Faculty Lounge

Program: Chocolate & Vanilla Swirl 
Sponsor: BSU 
Time: 8 p.m. 
Location: Arts & Sciences, 109 

Friday, February 23
Program: Skooled for a Day 
Sponsor: Skooled 
Time: 3 p.m. 
Location: University center

Program: Photoshoot Fundraiser 
Sponsor: African Student Association (ASA) 
Time: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
Location: TBA

Program: Tribute to the Divine Nine 
Sponsor: Zeta Phi Beta 
Time: TBA 
Location: Jubilee Auditorium

Sunday, February 25 
Program: Training Day 
Sponsor: Skooled 
Time: 6 p.m. 
Location: TBA 
Monday, February 26

Program: Tribute to Black Musicians 
Sponsor: WISO 
Time: 7 p.m. 
Location: Nursing, 101 

Tuesday, February 27
Program: Black in Business 
Sponsor: MLKSA 
Time: 7 p.m. 
Location: Nursing, 102

Program: Black History Month Wheel of Fortune 
Sponsor: BMS 
Time: 7:30 p.m
Location: Arts & Sciences, 109

Program: How Does Your Vote Count? 
Sponsor: Phi Beta Sigma 
Time: 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Arts & Sciences, 107

Wednesday, February 28 
Program: Heels & High Standards: Black Women in the Career Field 
Sponsor: NCNW 
Time: TBA 
Location: Arts & Sciences, 109

Program: Think and Dress for Success 
Sponsor: BMS 
Time: 8 p.m. 
Location: McNulty Auditorium

Program: Afro-Latino Collection 
Sponsor: ASA 
Time: 8 p.m. 
Location: TBA

Categories: Arts and Culture

For more information, please contact:

  • Rev. Dr. Forrest Pritchett
  • (973) 275-2760
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