Press Release

Urbana University Announces Black History Month Celebration Events


Sherry Mercurio
Director of Communications and Public Relations
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Urbana, OH (February 13, 2018)

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, announced a series of events to be held throughout the month of February, to recognize and honor African-Americans who made great contributions to this country.

The Urbana University Unity and Diversity Committee will host the following events throughout the month:

Celebrating Black History Month
Swedenborg Memorial Library
Throughout the Month of February
An exhibit featuring materials from the print collection and Urbana University archives.  Guests are invited to participate in the wall of reflections that allows viewers to write what they learned and their impressions and feelings about the exhibit.

Film Series: I Am Not Your Negro
Swedenborg Memorial Library
Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
The film explores the history of racism in the United States through the reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

African American Soldiers in Champaign County
Swedenborg Memorial Library
Monday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m.
Urbana Mayor Bill Bean presents research on African American soldiers in Champaign County and their lives before, during and after battle.

Miscellaneous Events
In addition, a number of “share your story” and game nights have been scheduled for faculty, staff and students to honor the spirit of the month and build community.

About Urbana University - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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