Black History Month at Bethel

As many of you know, February is annually celebrated as Black History Month, a time to reflect on the African-American experience in this country. It’s being marked at Bethel in a few different ways.

First, in keeping with this year’s theme, “One More River to Cross… Literacy,” Bethel is running a month-long community book drive: please consider donating children’s books that are multicultural in nature (e.g., written by persons of color, featuring pictures of children of multiple ethnic backgrounds — download this list for suggestions). In addition, you can sign up outside Campus Ministries or at the Seminary reception desk to take a turn reading to kids in the campus Child Development Center (weekdays, 9:45am and 2:45pm) or the King Child Development Center in Frogtown (all this week — Feb. 6-10 — at 9:00, 9:30, and 11:00am).

Second, various offices and individuals at Bethel are helping to produce a series of events highlighting African-American history and culture. Remaining events include:

Thursday, Feb. 9 — Dramatic Skit and Music, 12:10-12:55pm, Seminary Lower Campus Center
Details are forthcoming. Please contact Rebekah Eller if you have any questions: rebekah-eller(at)bethel.edu or (651) 638-6049.

Monday, Feb. 13 — SemPM Chapel, 7:35-7:55pm, Sem Lower Campus Center
Alumnus Nancy Ellis leads students in a time of song, reflection and prayer.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 — University Library Musical and Literary Review, 10:20-11:00am, Bethel University Library
Herb Johnson (Music) and Angela Shannon (English) share words and music from the African-American musical tradition.

Thursday, Feb. 16 — Conflict Resolution Workshop, 6:00-10:00pm, Eastlund Room
Facilitated by Leon Rodrigues and our own Ruben Rivera.

Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18 — Moberg Conference, Eastlund Room
The fourth Bethel University Conference on Sociological Perspectives on Reconciliation. Click here for more details on speakers and sessions.

Friday, Feb. 17 — Gospel Concert, 7:00-8:30pm, Benson Great Hall
Featuring Bethel’s Chapel Choir, Herb Johnson, and other guest performers.

Wednesday, Feb. 22 — Film Forum, 6:30pm, CC313
Screening the film, 500 Years Later, plus a panel discussion.

Thursday, Feb. 23 — Seminary Chapel, 2:30-3:00pm
Please contact Rebekah Eller if you have any questions: rebekah-eller(at)bethel.edu or (651) 638-6049.

Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Musical and Literary Review, 12:00-1:00pm, Seminary Lower Campus Center
Herb Johnson and Angela Shannon share words and music from the African-American musical tradition.

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