In honor of Black History Month, The University’s Multicultural Center organized various events for students and community members to attend throughout the month of February. In a recent press release written by The University’s Director of News and Media Relations Stan Zygmunt, each event is further explained.
The University hosted a presentation and discussion with G. Oliver Burns regarding the “Ins and Outs to the #BLM Movement” on Feb. 9 in the McDonnell Room on the fourth floor of the DeNaples Center.
Prior to his current role as one of the licentiate minister at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Scranton, Burns served as the spokesperson for the former African American Arts and Alliance, and as a steward, trustee, choir director and president of the Men of Bethel. He is also a Vietnam War veteran and former semi-pro football player.
At 7 p.m. on Sunday, mass was held with Father Mario Powell, S.J., in the Madonna Della Strada Chapel. Father Powell graduated from Boston College where he earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree in Divinity, and a license in Sacred Theology. In addition, from St. Louis University he earned a second master’s degree in American Studies.
Father Powell was ordained a priest in 2014, and currently serves as director of Recruiting Excellence in Academics for Catholic High Schools (REACH) at Regis High School in New York City. The mass also included Gospel music performed by a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.
On Wednesday at 7 p.m., poet Perry “Vision” DiVirgilio Vision performed in the Pearn Auditorium in Brennan Hall. Vision, an award-winning spoken word poet, earned the Alternative Soul award for best Spoken Word Performer and has been featured on CNN’s documentary “Black in America 5” as well as season three of TVOne’s “Verses and Flow.” In addition to his accomplishments, he also coaches the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Team.
Vision is a founding member of Philadelphia’s spoken word collective Spoken Soul 215 and serves as the artistic director for the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement.
All of the events hosted by the Multicultural Center were open to the public, in addition to other events hosted by The University.