Penn State Berks celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month graphic in red, yellow and green
Credit: Penn State Berks

WYOMISSING, Pa. — In honor of Black History Month, the Penn State Berks campus community will host a slate of events throughout February. 


Saturday, Feb. 10, 10 p.m. – 12 midnight – Boogie Down Skate Party  

Skateaway (2275 Lancaster Pike, Shillington, PA) 

The Black Student Union is sponsoring this event. Tickets are $8 presale, $15 at the door. This event is open to the public. 


Wednesday, Feb. 14, 12 noon – 3 p.m. – Douglass Day 2024 Transcribe-a-thon  

Thun Library Room 137 

Douglass Day is an annual program that marks the birth of Frederick Douglass. Each year, thousands of people gather to help create new and freely available resources for learning about Black history. This year’s event features Douglass' correspondence from the Library of Congress. Event participants will attempt to transcribe all 8,731 (digitized) pages of his correspondence in one day. Presented by Penn State’s Center for Black Digital Research, a partnership of the College of the Liberal Arts and the University Libraries, and the Library of Congress. This event is open to faculty, staff, students and community members. 


Feb. 15, 7 p.m. – Annual Black Excellence Dinner 

Perkins Student Center  

Multipurpose Room  

The Black Student Union will host this event, which celebrates success and honors the achievements of those within our community. This event is free but pre-registration is required

Feb. 23, 5:30–7:30 p.m. – Being Black at Berks 

Perkins Student Center Auditorium 

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, arts and culture displays in the Freyberger Gallery, an alumni panel, and a hair and skin expo. 

For more information on the Black Excellence Dinner and Being Black at Berks presentation, contact Pauline Milwood at [email protected]