Penn State Berks celebrates Black History Month with film screening Feb. 23

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WYOMISSING, Pa. — In honor of Black History Month, Penn State Berks is hosting the following events.

Feb. 23, 5–8 p.m. — Airing and Discussion of "Boss: The Black Experience in Business” 

Luerssen Science Building, Room 5 

In partnership with the Reading Branch NAACP, Penn State Berks will air the 2019 PBS and Fireflight film "Boss: The Black Experience in Business.” The film will be shown from 5 to 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow until 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 

The film follows “the untold story of African American entrepreneurship, where skill, industriousness, ingenuity and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming odds provide the backbone of this nation’s economic and social growth.” This event is part of a community partnership project between Penn State Berks students and the Reading Branch NAACP to research, write, and share Black entrepreneurial history in Berks County. Some of the entrepreneurs who are participating in the project will attend the film showing.  

For more information on “Boss: The Black Experience” event, contact Dr. Laurie Grobman, distinguished professor of English and women's studies, at [email protected]

Feb. 24, 5–7 p.m. — Being Black at Berks  

Perkins Student Center Auditorium, Penn State Berks 

The Black Student Union will present its fifth anniversary showcase, highlighting the talents of African American students at Penn State Berks. This event is free and open to the public, and it will include poetry, musical performances, an alumni panel, and a hair and skin expo.  

For more information on the Being Black at Berks presentation, contact Tianna Hamilton, Black Student Union president, at [email protected].