Clarion professor to deliver Frederick Douglass speech

From staff reports

PennWest-Clarion professor Joseph Croskey will commemorate the birthday of Frederick Douglass by delivering one of Douglass’ renowned speeches, “Progress Through Struggle,” at noon Wednesday via Zoom.

Croskey also is director of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education’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.

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

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