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Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month 

Here’s a look at how some colleges and universities around
the country are celebrating Black History Month.

Alabama A&M University
Exhibit: “381 Days: The Montgomery Bus Boycott Story”

Arizona State University
Exhibit: “African Legacy in Modern Art” — Harold Cousins

Arkansas State University
Lecture: “Cotton Fields of Dreams: A Memoir” — author Janis F. Kearney

Berea College (Ky.)
Lecture: “Listening to the Voices of Our Sisters: Her
Presence is Everywhere” — Dr. Mary Howard-Hamilton, associate dean for graduate studies and associate professor, Indiana University

Brown University
Exhibit: “Broken Chains: Abraham Lincoln and
the Legacy of Emancipation in the African
American Experience”
Social: Unity Day with Professor Anani Dzidzienyo — associate professor of Africana studies and co-author of Black and Latino Relations in America; Black Community Retreat at Alton Jones Campus

California Institute of Technology
Lecture: “An Evening with Nikki Giovanni”

Columbia College (Mo.)
Lecture: Daryl Davis, author of Klan-Destine Relationships

Eastern Michigan University
Performance: Decadance Theater — hip-hop dancers use Stravinksy’s ballet “The Firebird” to interpret the four elements of hip-hop; Imani Winds — wind quartet concert

Fayetteville State University (N.C.)
Lecture: Julian Bond, Chairman of the NAACP

George Mason University (Va.)
Concert: Homecoming Kick-off Concert
Discussion: “Am I Still Black If…” — discussion of myths, stereotypes and facts in African-American society
Book Reading: “Top Billing Act-Part 1” — four African authors, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Kwame Dawes, Helon Habila and Binyavanga Wainaina offer a book reading, discussion and signing.

Hope College (Mich.)
Discussion: “The Table” – Black Student Union members discuss “living the legacy.”
Film: “The Klan in Michigan – Part I”

McNeese State University (La.)
Exhibit: Alford Green’s Ceremonies in African Art
Discussion: “Sisters Across Cultures” — panel discussion

Miami Dade College (Fla.)
Lecture: “The New Moguls of Hip-Hop” — author Dell Jones; “Genealogy: How to Start and Where to Begin to Trace Your African-American Family’s Roots”
Discussion: “Education Revival — The Role of the Black Church in Education”; “Hip-Hop 103: The Power of Words”
Exhibit: “Artifacts and Literature on the African-American Experience”

Monroe County Community College (Mich.)
Concert: 19th Annual Black History Month Blues Series: “The 4 on the Floor Concert: Blues Songwriters in the Round” featuring Guy Davis,
EG Kight, Ellis Hooks and the Rev. Robert B. Jones

Norfolk State University (Va.)
Lecture: “African American Social Organizations
and the 21st Century;” “African American Organizations and Voting Rights”
Film and Discussion: “Hobson’s Choice” — the role and usage of the “n-word” in American society

Owens Community College (Ohio)
Performance: Illstyle and Peace Productions — dance theater company blends hip-hop dance styles with free style and tap to spread a message of unity, peace, respect and love.

Southern Utah University
Performance: “Black Boy” — Broadway actor Charles Holt presents a one-man performance of Richard Wright’s autobiography

Tennessee State University
Lecture: Ilyasha Shabazz — Daughter of the late Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz and author of Growing Up X; Dick Gregory — Human rights activist, comedian and actor
Pageant: Miss Nubian Queen Pageant

University of New Mexico
Book Signing: David Hilliard and Frederika Newton, authors of Huey, Spirit of the Panther

University of Washington
Exhibit: “Northwest Black Pioneers: The African-American West, 1528-2000”
Concert: Hammer Jazz Concert — Mallet Head Series
Performance: “Voir Dire” — play explores the question of fairness in the American trial process

Vanderbilt University (Tenn.)
Lecture: “Sartre, Wright, and Fanon: Paris and the
‘Black Atlantic’” — Dr. Kathryn T. Gines, assistant professor of African-American and diasporic studies and philosophy, Vanderbilt University; “Black Struggle in the Age of McCarthy: African-American Anticommunism 1950-1954” — Dr. W. Jelani Cobb, assistant professor of history, Spelman College; “Making Do: Beauty, Culture and the ‘Makeover’ of New Negro Womanhood” — Dr. Davarian L. Baldwin, assistant professor of history, Boston College

William Paterson University (N.J.)
Theater: “My Soul as a Witness” — testimonials, stories and gospel music explore America’s turbulent racial past

Winston-Salem State University (N.C.)
Workshops: “African/African-American History” —
an exploration of Africa before it was divided into 52 countries; “African/African-American Art, Dance and Music” — African trends in
modern African-American culture; “African/ African-American Belief Systems” — an introduction to cultural, religious and philosophical beliefs, ideas, aesthetics and concepts of Africans and African-Americans

Yale University (Conn.)
Film: “Ethnic Notions” — An Emmy award-winning
documentary on the history of Black stereotypes
and racial consciousness in the United States

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