Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College is hosting several events throughout February celebrating Black History Month. The events, a variety of in-person and virtual, include a film screening, a discussion of social identities over Zoom, an interactive spotlight on Black chefs in the College’s dining hall, a poetry reading, and more.

The College will show the film “Within Our Gates,” a silent film directed by Black director Oscar Michaeux on February 18. This film was the first by an African-American to be shown in white theaters in 1920.

During lunch on February 24, students will have the opportunity to learn about Black chef Edna Lewis while sampling some of her recipes. Students will also have a chance to win one of her famous cookbooks.

The College will also host a virtual sharing of poetry and the spoken word with Ashlee Haze on February 26. Haze is a three-time Queen of the South Poetry Slam Champion, a two-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist, and a two-time National Poetry Slam semi-finalist. She has appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk series alongside Queen & Slim composer Blood Orange. She has been in the Atlanta poetry circuit for over a decade.

Other events throughout the month include student-led Zoom sessions on Social Identities and Privilege, as well as spotlights on Black businesses and products.