Easton celebrates Black History Month

February 7, 2013 by  

Black History Month has been celebrated in the US since 1926, when it began as a week-long celebration. This year, Easton and the surrounding area play host to a number of events in honor of the month.

Earlier this week, Lafayette College hosted a talk on a book titled ‘Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching that Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism’. The author, Mark Curriden, presented his book to the audience. Following this discussion, there was a panel discussion featuring Prince Altee Thomas, an attorney from Philadelphia, and Wendy Wilson-Fall, an associate professor of Africana studies at the college.

The event on February 5 also included the presentation of the Brother Thomas Bright Ambassadors Award to the Pastor Phillip Davis and Greater Shiloh Church. The award was presented by the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Easton, which could have made use of Easton stationery printing to produce the certificate.

Lafayette College hosts another Black History month event on February 12. Marc Lamont Hill will deliver the Black History month keynote address at the campus’ Colton Chapel. Dr. Hill is a noted television host and columnist. He has appeared on CNN and Fox News and his column was published in the Philadelphia Daily News. His talk will cover such topics as leadership and politics.

In addition, Easton’s Sigal Museum hosts an event in honor of Black History Month this evening, February 7. Dr. James B. Peterson, a professor from Lehigh University, will discuss how recent films ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Django Unchained’ present a revised form of African-American history. The talk is free and takes place at 7:00 pm.