Friday, February 9, 2018

Peirce College Celebrates and Honors Black History Month

Since 1976, during the month of February, the United States has celebrated and honored the achievements of African Americans while taking time to acknowledge the central role of blacks in U.S. history as part of Black History Month. At Peirce College, we participate in this celebration and encourage others to do the same!

During this month, at the College, we honor former, current and future black leaders, offer special events right here on campus and also encourage the participation in community-wide activities.

Each and every day, we are grateful for the past black influential leaders who have helped shape and pave the way for the current and future leaders. The wise words and commendable actions of these inspirational individuals deserve recognition not just this month, but year-round.

Today, in celebration of these former thought-leaders, we honor them by sharing some of their inspirational quotes:

“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” – Rosa Parks

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” – Frederick Douglass

“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

We are humbled by these leaders’ courage, inspiration and dedication that they showed during their leadership roles. At Peirce College, we are celebrating the past and the future in our own way by hosting a fun opportunity for our students, alumni and community to get involved. All month in the lobby of College Hall, we are holding a Black History Month Trivia Game. All you have to do is use your knowledge of historical figures and you could possibly win a $5 Wawa Gift Card. All the details can be found on campus at the game location.

In addition to the on-campus celebrations, we encourage the community to look into all the activities going on across Philadelphia. There are events for everyone to take part in to further their education on the history of this month, to commemorate the lives of those who fought for freedom, and to come together in unison to continue the fight for equality.

Here are some we hope you’ll consider:
  1. National Constitution Center
    1. They’ll be hosting a variety of events throughout the month, each week to honor this historical month. Visitors will be able to explore the museum’s The Story of We the People exhibit, test their knowledge on African American History and even learn about some historical events such as the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil War and more!
    2. For more information, visit here.
  2. Black History Month Challenge
    1. Running from February 1 through February 28 at the Haverford Library
    2. Use your visual skills and historic knowledge to find and identify famous African American individuals from Philadelphia.
    3. For more information, visit here.
  3. Black History Month Film Screening: Disney’s Ruby Bridges
    1. Saturday, February 10 at 3:00 p.m. held at the Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library
    2. This movie is based on the true story of one of the first African American children to attend a previously segregated all white school. So grab your popcorn and head on out to learn about a heroic little girl!
    3. To learn more, visit here.
  4. Inventors Showcase
    1. Monday, February 19 at 4:00 p.m. held at the Blanche A. Nixon / Cobbs Creek Library
    2. This event will open the minds of children to all the historical African American inventors and inventions, so they can be inspired to move forward and continue to share with the world their own inventions.
    3. To learn more, visit here.
  5. Family Cooking for Black History Month
    1. Tuesday, February 27 at 4:30 p.m. held at South Philadelphia Library
    2. Chef Chris Paul will be hosting a hands-on cooking program in honor of Black History Month. Learn how to create healthy and nutritious versions of common Soul Food recipes.
    3. To learn more, visit here.
This isn’t even HALF of the events going on in the Philadelphia area throughout this month. We encourage all of you to look into the events in your area and participate in a few with your family, so we all can continue to celebrate this historic month together.