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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.

Benedict College (S.C.)
Festival: 17th Annual Harambee Festival
Discussion: Brown Bag Black Forum

Berklee College of Music (Mass.)
Performances: Music of Bob Marley performed by faculty pianist Matt Jensen
and student ensemble; Take 6, acapella performance
Lecture: “Africana Encarta: W.E.B. Du Bois to John Coltrane” — Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University

Burlington County College (N.J.)
Social: Annual Fashion Show Extravaganza Art Show and Dinner

Cecil Community College (Md.)
Exhibit: Paul R. Jones collection housed at the University of Delaware

Central Michigan University
Lecture: “An Evening with Angela Davis,” keynote address from University of California, Santa Cruz associate professor and former Black Panther Dr. Angela Davis
Concert: Hip-Hop concert featuring Ludacris

Cleveland State University
Lecture: “The Revolution Just May
Be Computerized: Black Studies and Information Technology, Dr. Abdul Alkalimat, professor of sociology and director of the Africana studies program, University of Toledo

Emmanuel College (Mass.)
Lectures: “The History and Significance of Black History Month,” Dr. Bill Leonard, associate professor of history, Emmanuel College; “My Father’s Dream, My Mission,” — Martin Luther King III

Performance: OrigiNation Inc. — youth African and hip-hop dance troupe

Harrisburg Area Community College (Pa.)
Art Exhibit: Ophelia Chambliss, original artwork

Harvard University (Mass.)
Film: “Sisters In Cinema” — A documentary on Black female film directors

Lycoming College (Pa.)
Exhibit: Sonya Lawyer, photographer
Poetry: E-Baby, slam poet

Park University (Mo.)
Lecture: “Comparative Perspectives on the Black Family” — Dr. Dylan Penningroth, Northwestern University; “Reparations” — Dr. Adrienne Dale Davis, Reef C. Ivey II Research Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; “Thomas Jefferson, the American Founders and the Problem of Slavery in a ‘Free’ Republic” — Dr. Paul Finkelman, Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tulsa

Raritan Valley Community College ( N.J.)
Concert: “C-ELLA-brate!” — jazz vocalist Vickie Smith and her band celebrate the music of Ella Fitzgerald; African drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor performs

Reed College (Ore.)
Lectures: “Talking Intersections: Class, Race, Gender, Nationality, and Religion” — bell hooks; “Come Hell or High Water” — Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania
Concert: Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Performance: Step Afrika, Step show by the world’s first professional company dedicated to stepping

Sacramento State University (Calif.)
Concert: Hip-Hop concert featuring Planet Asia, Casual of the Hieroglyphics, Masta Ace,
Flii Stylz and DJ E-Rock

Southeast Missouri State University
Discussion: Health Issues Affecting the African-American Community
Social: Black Movie Weekend; Minority Career Exploration Dinner

Tidewater Community College (Va.)
Dance: Suwabi African Ballet
Poetry: “That’s Slammin’” — slam poetry by Queen Sheba
Lecture: Nathan Richardson — poet, storyteller and author of Likeness of Being

University of Hartford (Conn.)
Performance: “Express Yourself Poetry/
Hip-Hop Slam Weekend” — artists from New York City explain and demonstrate how hip-hop and poetry can help express feelings and emotions

University of Mary Washington (Va.)
Concert: “A Tribute to the ‘Giants’ of Jazz,” jazz ensemble
Discussion: “Have We Been Bamboozled? An Exploration into Minstrelsy”

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