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Alpha Phi Alpha’s Ebony And Ivory Week Begins Today

by Nicholas Azinge III

A fraternity on campus seeks to help integrate the different cultures here at Penn State with an upcoming week of programs. The Gamma Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is holding its annual Ebony and Ivory Week starting this coming Monday, with the theme “Umoja, Can We Unify?”

During the this week the fraternity will collaborate with IFC and MGC organizations to encourage people from different racial backgrounds who normally don’t socialize to get to know each other. The organizations are holding a number of events this week to help break the ice between Penn State Students.

A program entitled “Jungle Fever” set for this Tuesday, co-hosted by Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, will look into the world of interracial dating and have students share their experiences

“Sankofa” is a weekly discussion held on Wednesday hosted by Penn State Black Caucus. Alpha Phi Alpha has partnered with the organization this week to host a discussion about Post Racial America.

The main program for this week “Can We Unify” is a conversation being facilitated by World In Conversation about racial disparity here on Penn State’s Campus.

Ebony and Ivory Week concludes with a community service event on Saturday.

Here is the Schedule of Events for this week

Monday – Humans of Penn State (12 p.m. – HUB)
Tuesday – Jungle Fever: A look into Interracial Dating (7 p.m. – 203 Williard)
Wednesday: Sankofa: A look into Cultural Identity in America (7:30 p.m. – 203 HUB)
Thursday: Can We Unify: A conversation about Race Relations (6 p.m. – 201 Ford)
Saturday: Community Service Event

Ebony and Ivory Week was originally started in January 28, 1984 and was organized by Alpha Phi Alpha and Beta Sigma Beta and was intended to “break the ice” that had formed between blacks and whites on campus.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated is the first intercollegiate greek letter organization founded for men of African descent. It was founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University. It was charted here at Penn State on April 10, 1947.

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