Human Resources Honors Black History Month
"Out of the huts of history's shame, I rise. Up from a past that's rooted in pain, I rise."
- Maya Angelou
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, the month of February as officially designated as Black History Month. The month is used to celebrate the history of Africans; African-Americans and African descendants to showcase study done on them throughout the year. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.
How is Black History Month celebrated?
The awareness of black history is raised during February by lectures and workshops given by experts on black history through universities, as well as by exhibits and programs given in public schools. Black history is also celebrated in the community by concerts, plays, and poetry readings that focus on Africans, African-Americans and African descendants.
Black History Month Trivia
February 1, 2013 - March 1, 2013
Drexel faculty and professional staff were encouraged to test their knowledge by participating in the daily Black History Month Trivia. Participants must keep track of their answers throughout the month.
Congratulations to the Trivia Prize Winners!
- Natashia Huff, Administrative Specialist, Steinbright Career Development Center
- Alison King, Circulation Clerk, Center City Library
- Katie Clark, Associate Director, Publications, University Communications
- Lori Spearman, Office Services Coordinator, Bursar's Office
- Janiel Still, Administrative Coordinator II, Counseling Center
Black History Month Closing Luncheon
Co-sponsored by Human Resources and the Office of Equality and Diversity
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Celebration of African cultures—music, dance, crafts, culture and cuisine—came together at the 5th annual Drexel Black History Month Closing Luncheon for faculty and professional staff on Thursday, February 28th in Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center.
Local vendors provided unique African gifts, African masks, clothing, arts, crafts, jewelry, books and more.
The luncheon featured a multimedia performance by Key Arts Productions, Soul Sounds.
Faculty and professional staff members of all cultures were encouraged to wear African attire.
Featuring live performance and visual multimedia program by Key Arts Production, Soul Sounds, takes a "hip trip" through the evolution of African American music. The era comes alive with images, singers, and songs that engage and inspire. Rousing musical performance and video images provide an exciting musical journey through gospel, the blues and the work of Bessie Smith and jazz icon Duke Ellington. Sing along to the sensational music of soul legends James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye. Groove to the sounds of your favorite songs from the Motown era, Whitney Houston and others. This entertaining program will have audiences singing along to their favorite songs while viewing vivid video images.