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Gospel Explosion, Panel on Student Leadership Mark Black History Month at Duquesne University

Duquesne University will mark Black History Month with two special events for the campus community and the public.

On Saturday, Feb. 19, New Beginnings Ministries will hold the eighth annual Gospel Explosion. The entertainment event, scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Union Ballroom, includes Gospel singing, step dancing and mime performances by students from Duquesne and other local colleges.

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. in the Africa Room, Dr. Rahmon Hart, director of Duquesne's Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Y'hoshua Murray, graduate assistant in the Office of Multicultural Programs at Edinboro University, will host an interactive panel discussion titled, Black Student Leadership on College Campuses.

Panelists include:

  • Sala Udin, president and chief executive officer of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership
  • Sabrina Saunders, manager of the Office of Youth Policy in the Pittsburgh Mayor's Office and president of the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Marvin DeBrose Jr., student editor of The Spectator Student Newspaper at Edinboro University
  • Ernesta Pollard, vice president of the Black Student Union at Duquesne University.

For more information about these events, visit Duquesne's Office of Multicultural Affairs website, www.duq.edu/multicultural-affairs/Welcome.cfm, or call 412.396.1117.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.