BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University will welcome Sybrina Fulton — mother of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was shot and killed in 2012 — as the keynote speaker for the annual Sankofa Conference. Her speech is Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11:15 a.m. in the KUB Ballroom. It will be open free to the public.
After the tragic death of her son, Fulton has dedicated her life to social change and speaking against violence. She is turning her grief into advocacy for civil rights for everyone in America. Her message not only appeals to people’s hearts as it relates to children but is also one of hope and change, exemplified by her personal experiences and endeavors.
Fulton is a graduate of Florida Memorial University. She co-authored the book, “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.” Fulton also appeared on the limited series Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, which appeared on Paramount Network in 2018.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors the Sankofa Conference. The conference is free to BU students, $50 for non-students. Advanced registration is required.
Sankofa grew out of the need for students to learn, understand, and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of people of African descent. It has developed as a way to promote unity and understanding among students, providing a forum for discussion and learning. Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana, translated to “it is not taboo to fetch what is a risk of being left behind.”
Black History Month Events
- Wednesday, Feb. 6 — Elevate You at BU, 3 p.m., KUB Multicultural Center
- Monday, Feb. 11 — MLK Jr. Commemorative Celebration, 6 p.m., Carver Hall
- Wednesday, Feb. 13 — For the Love presented by the Black Cultural Society, 8:30 p.m., KUB Multicultural Center
- Saturday, Feb. 16 — Sankofa Conference, Kehr Union Building
- Monday, Feb. 18 — Disabilities Etiquette: Advancing Cultural Competence Across Communities by Carolyn Reid-Brown, assistant professor of exceptionalities, 5 p.m., KUB Multicultural Center
- Monday, Feb. 25 — Black Mental Health Matters by Philip Roundtree '05, founder/CEO at Quadefy LLC, 6 p.m., KUB Multicultural Center