Re-membering Blackness at The University of Scranton: History as a Call to Action shares the University’s racial story. This site presents a collection of archival sources from The University of Scranton Archives on the University's Black history. You can explore resources from the archives under the Browse section.
The project was led by the Institutional Black History Subcommittee of the University’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion, with support from the faculty and staff of the Weinberg Memorial Library, over the 2021-2022 academic year. The Institutional Black History Subcommittee sought to examine the University’s historical relationships with Black faculty, staff, students and the broader community as part of campus efforts to address anti-Black racism and foster greater diversity, equity and inclusion. Grounded in the University’s Jesuit and Catholic mission, these efforts draw on notions of “moral memory” – the collective and moral act of remembering – and “metanoia” – a process of individual and community-based change, spiritual transformation, and renewal.
Please note that this project is by no means a comprehensive history of Black Americans' experiences at or contributions to The University of Scranton. Please also be aware that the site includes historical materials that reflect a variety of viewpoints on social, political, and intellectual issues, including negative and/or discriminatory language and images that may be emotionally triggering. We do not condone these latter perspectives. Rather, we hope that by sharing this history, without abridgment or redaction, we can amplify previously silenced voices and advance racial inclusion and equity on our campus.