Dr. Joseph Croskey will commemorate the birthday of Frederick Douglass by delivering one of Douglass’ renowned speeches, “Progress Through Struggle,” at noon Feb. 14 via Zoom. Croskey is a PennWest Clarion professor and director of PASSHE’s Frederick Douglass Institute.

The speech is part of PennWest’s Black History Month celebration. This year’s theme, “The Power of Community: Our Strength is in Our Unity,” highlights the importance of Black Americans and allies coming together as a collective force. It recognizes that when we stand united, we have the power to create positive change, overcome adversity, and build a better future for all. By embracing our shared history and supporting one another, we can harness the strength of our community to uplift and empower each other.

In addition to Croskey’s presentation, the Clarion campus will be treated to a free performance of Zuzu African Acrobats, a Tanzanian troupe which bases its performance on 2,000 years of history, celebrating their niche culture of Dar Es Salaam through jaw-dropping acrobatics, live music, singing and dancing. The Clarion performance will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 in Gemmell MPR.

For more information about Black History Month events on PennWest’s campuses, click here.

PennWest Clarion’s Black Student Union will host additional events: Paint and Sip at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 and Tacos and Karaoke at 6 p.m. Feb. 28, both in room 120 of the Science and Technology Center.