Black History Takes Center Stage with Celebrated Speakers, Discussions and More

February 15, 2011

Vivian Stringer & Wes MooreIn many ways, C. Vivian Stringer is a bit of an expert on Black History Month. That’s because as the first collegiate coach to take three different college basketball teams (men’s or women’s) to the Final Four, she is literally making history each and every day.

The acclaimed barrier-breaking coach and author is one of several distinguished guest speakers scheduled to appear at the University of Pennsylvania bookstore in celebration of Black History Month. In addition to Stringer, the campus bookstore will also host other notable speakers, including former Rhode Scholar, White House Fellow and special assistant to former U.S. Secretary Condoleeza Rice, author Wes Moore.

Barnes & Noble College bookstores are celebrating notable African Americans during our nationwide celebration of Black History Month. At many of our campus bookstores, we are holding special events and promotions to celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans. Our stores will feature special displays of inspiring books, music, and more throughout the month. Some bookstores will also highlight the artwork of acclaimed African-American artist April Harrison on an exclusive signature tote bag.

“We’re very excited to have a great line-up of guest speakers this year,” said Risa Levitt, UPenn Bookstore events and marketing manager. “We are particularly excited to have author Wes Moore speak. His book, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, is our current book club selection.”

Here are a few of the distinguished guest speakers appearing at campus bookstores nationwide during Black History Month:

Feb. 10 – Lecture Featuring Prof. Melissa Harris Perry @ Virginia Comm0nwealth Univ.
Perry discusses African Americans and gender in politics.

Feb. 15 – Lecture & Signing with Carole Simpson @ Emerson College
Simpson discusses her career as the first black woman hired by NBC’s D.C. bureau in her book NewsLady.

Feb. 21 – Standing Tall with Rutgers Coach C. Vivian Stringer @ UPenn
Special discussion featuring acclaimed Rutgers University women’s basketball coach and author of Standing Tall, C. Vivian Stringer.

Feb. 24 – Discussion & Signing with Wes Moore @ UPenn
Moore discusses themes based on his book, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.

Click here to find your campus bookstore and check out the events page for information on what is happening on your campus.

Established in 1976, Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and recognizes their significant contributions to American history. The month of February was chosen in honor of the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.