Excerpt from a WPSU Penn State original production, this short-form documentary tells the story of Charles L. Blockson’s lifelong journey to unearth and preserve the history, culture, and contributions of people of African descent.

Celebrating Charles Blockson and his contributions to the history and culture of African Americans, continental Africans, and the African diaspora, this collection of the local luminary's works will be on display on the second floor gallery at Centre Theater.

Center Theater is proud to have the opportunity to showcase the collected works of this Norristown native and award-winning historian.

"Charles L. Blockson, curator emeritus and founder of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection in the Temple University Libraries, is a recent recipent of the Philadelphia Award, a nearly 100-year-old honor given to local citizens acting on behalf of the community’s best interests"(Temple Univeristy).

"He also served on the Pennsylvania State Historical and Record Advisory Board, and directed the Black History Advisory Board in the 1980s. In 1989, he launched a project to establish sixty-four African American historical markers in Philadelphia. In the 1990s he lectured internationally, and consulted on the establishment of black study programs in many schools and colleges. In 2006 he donated a large collection of published and manuscript materials to Penn State" (Penn State University).

Photography By: Ryan S. Brandenberg. Copyright 2015, Temple University. Courtesy Temple University.

Charles L. Blockson, founder and curator emeritus of the Blockson Collection at Temple University, receives the prestigious Philadelphia Award.


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