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Upcoming Black History Month events – join us Feb 15 and Feb 16!

Wilkes students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate and learn at a variety of Black History Month programs this February, including:

Fifth Annual Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon: Thursday, February 15 from 11 am to 1 pm in Farley Library

Celebrate Black History by doing history!  Join us in the library to transcribe documents related to the life of Frederick Douglass.  Open to everyone, no previous transcribing experience is necessary! Drop by any time during the event to participate; you can use the library computers or bring your laptop.  Pizza will be provided.

Questions? Contact Amy Sopcak-Joseph at

Act Out Theatre Group will present Lift Every Voice: Friday, February 16 and 5:30 pm in the JPAC

Based on real life events, this play addresses the impact of racism in an urban high school.  Pizza will be provided.

Questions? Contact Erica Acosta at

“Frederick Douglass and Northeast Pennsylvania” lecture: Wednesday, February 28 at 5 pm in Breiseth 106

Local historian E. J. Murphy will discuss the direct and indirect connections of the abolitionist’s work to residents of northeast Pennsylvania in the mid-nineteenth century. From his work with the Underground Railroad to relationships with local politicians to recruiting for the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War, Douglass’s activism impacted lives throughout the area.

Questions? Contact Amy Sopcak-Joseph at

When you visit the Farley Library, don’t forget to visit the Black History Month media display!  Located on the first floor.

These events are sponsored by the Office of Diversity Affairs, the Division of Global Cultures, and the Farley Library.