Events mark Black History Month at Rowan

Events mark Black History Month at Rowan


During a time of remembrance and recognition, Rowan University is presenting a series of events throughout the month of February to mark Black History Month.

Author Linda Hervieux served as the opening speaker for Black History Month as she detailed her work, Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War on Thursday, Feb. 1.  

Her book tells the story of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African-American soldiers who distinguished themselves with honor in a mission that contributed to the success of the most celebrated military event in modern history. Hervieux crafted the story from newly uncovered military records and dozens of interviews with the surviving members of the 320th and their families. A book signing and question-and-answer session followed her talk.

The month's schedule includes the following events:

Through Feb. 17, the Medical Library at the Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford is presenting, “Opening Doors: Contemporary African-American Surgeons.” The exhibit celebrates the contributions of African-American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education, showcasing the stories of four pioneering African American surgeons and educators who have exemplified excellence in their fields.

Rowan’s Office of Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution will sponsor a presentation by the New Jersey Buffalo Soldier Motorcycle Club, “African Americans and the Role We Played in American History,” on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 221 of the Chamberlain Student Center. Club members will share the rich history of African-American military service—from the first all-black unit formed in 1862 to the present.

The Center for Access, Success and Equity in the College of Education will present its annual conference on Friday, Feb. 9, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the atrium of James Hall. Alumnus Michael Apple ’67 will give the keynote address. During the conference, panelists from departments throughout the college will discuss key issues focusing on educational practices and policy, culturally responsive teaching and educational research.

Documentarian Julia Brown will present her one-hour documentary, Paris Noir-African Americans in the City of Light, on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 221 of the Chamberlain Student Center. The film highlights the pioneering African Americans who migrated to France and tells the story of the impact each culture had on the other. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening.

Director/Producer Julia Meltzer will host Dayla’s Other Country, a documentary that tells the nuanced story of members of a family displaced by the Syrian conflict as they work to remake their lives, on Monday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 144 of the Chamberlain Student Center. The presentation, which includes a screening and question-and-answer session, is co-sponsored by the Muslim Student Association.

The month concludes on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. with the 13th annual Rosa Parks Luncheon in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center. Georgette Norman, former director of the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University in Troy, Ala., will present, “The Montgomery Bus Boycott: Before and its Aftermath.” Tickets are $50. To reserve tickets, call Denise Williams, (856) 256-4818.