'The Beloved Community': ESU celebrates Black History Month

Free activities open to the public planned through February


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  • Phillip Roundtree, a social worker, will showcase how stigmatizing it can be to be an African American male with a mental illness. He will speak at ESU on Feb. 21.



Schedule of events

The activities listed below are open to the public at no cost.
February 6, 5th Annual Day of Service
2 – 4 p.m. Science and Technology Center (lower lobby)
5 -7 p.m. Ahnert Alumni Center
ESU students, student organizations, academic departments, and community partners will work together to provide a health and wellness fair Free admission to the Schisler Museum of Wildlife and Natural History and the McMunn Planetarium between 2 and 4 p.m. Contact: Jill Harper at (570) 422-2977 or jharper@esu.edu, or Ly’Esha Fleming at (570) 422-3123 or lfleming@esu.edu.
February 15, Afro-Caribbean Percussion Workshop with Froilán Kali Ramírez
6 p.m. Science and Technology Center Auditorium
The department of modern language, philosophy and religious studies, the office of multicultural affairs and the residence life diversity committee will bring well-known artist, percussionist, photographer and writer Froilan Kali Ramirez to ESU for a workshop. Ramírez (b. New York City, Spanish Harlem) will perform and teach Afro-Caribbean percussion rhythms, as well as discuss the history and culture of this music and the different instruments with which they are performed. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Annie Mendoza, Ph.D., associate professor of modern languages, philosophy and religion at amendoza@esu.edu.
February 21, Guest Speaker Phillip Roundtree
6 p.m. Beers Lecture hall
ESU student organizations Active Minds and the Black Student Union have partnered with the Office of Academic Affairs to bring Phillip Roundtree, a social work professional practicing behavioral health and child welfare since 2005, to the campus community to speak about his experience with depression and anxiety. Through his powerful presentation, Roundtree hopes to showcase how stigmatizing it can be to be an African American male with a mental illness. For more information about Mr. Roundtree, visit his website at quadefyllc.net.
February 26, Keynote Speaker Albert Jones
The Road to Success is Paved with Challenges, Failures and Opportunity: You Have to Stay the Course
6:30 p.m. Beers Lecture Hall
This engaging and interactive presentation will feature Albert Jones, the current Director of Human Resources for First Quality Products of Central Pennsylvania and former Director of Human and Cultural Diversity and Assistant to the President for Social Equity at Lock Haven University. Jones’ presentation is intended to plant the seed of change for some, challenge others to do more, and positively reinforce those looking for support.


— East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania is celebrating Black History Month with a series of events throughout February.

This year’s theme, “The Beloved Community,” carries over from the 21st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Breakfast held at ESU in January. The idea of “The Beloved Community” was adopted by Dr. King as a vehicle for promoting his culturally transformative vision of unity, equality, justice and love. ESU’s historical legacy, culture, and increasing diversity has guided the theme into the events taking place this month.

For more information contact Ly’Esha Fleming at lfleming@esu.edu.





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