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A Snapshot of Black History Month Celebrations

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A Snapshot of Black History Month CelebrationsTake a look at how a few colleges and universities across the country celebrated Black History Month.

1.  Bethune-Cookman College,
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Black History Trivia Tournament; Gospel Concert; African American Composers Concert

2.  Broward Community College,
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Panel discussion: “Rasta, Reggae and Christianity: Lessons of Tolerance Between Cultures”; Performance: “An Evening with Langston & Martin”: Actor Danny Glover performs theatrical readings from the writer Langston Hughes, and actor/director Felix Justice portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Lecture: “Prospects for Africans in the Diaspora in the 21st Century” — presented by anthropologist, Africanist and educator, Dr. Niara Sudarkasa

3.  California State
University-Fullerton
Lecture: “African American Male/Female Relationships,” presented by Julie Stokes, assistant professor; Performance: Afro-ethnic Studies “Fusion,” an evening of poetry; Gospel Fest 2002: “A Night of Entertainment and Celebration”

4.  Clemson University, Clemson,  S.C.
Black History Trivia Gameshow; Film: Black History Month Movie Series: 4 Little Girls; Viewing of the documentary A Question of Color … Color Consciousness in Black America

5.  Cleveland State University
Lecture: Former congressman Louis Stokes shares his thoughts and reminiscences about his late brother Ambassador Carl Stokes’ pre-eminent role in the history of Cleveland and his ebook Promises of Power; Exhibit: An exhibit featuring Carl Stokes, Cleveland State University Library; Lecture: “From Deferred Dreams to Promises of Power: Black Cleveland, 1919-1969,” by Dr. Regennia Williams, Cleveland State University, Department of History

6.  Cornell College,
Mt. Vernon, Iowa
Lecture: “When Chicken-Heads Come Home to Roost,” a talk on Black women in the media; Evangelist Betty Allen speaks on Black women and spirituality; “The Speak Out,” featuring professors debating issues facing African Americans today

7.  Fullerton College, Fullerton, Calif.
Lecture: “Study Abroad for Minorities”; Performance: “African/American Cultural Celebration,” art, story, dance and drummers; Lecture: “Lessons from Little Rock: An Educational Agenda for the 21st Century,” presented by Dr. Terrence Roberts

8.  George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.
Open Forum: “Black As You Wanna Be”: interactive discussion about the misconceptions, misinterpretations and demystification of Black culture in movies, television and advertisements.; Performance: Langston Hughes Centennial Celebration, featuring dance performances and musical selections based on his life work and poetry; Lecture: Third Annual Sojourner Truth Lecture and Award Program, featuring Dr. Patricia Hill-Collins, Chair and Charles Phelps Taft Professor of Sociology, University of Cincinnatti

9.  Georgetown University
Law Center, Washington
Speaker Series: Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill.; National Minority Recruitment Fair: Event for local minority students, giving them intro to law school

10.  Howard University, Washington
Meeting: “Literacy and Black History”: A Town Hall Meeting; Conference: Sonia Sanchez and the Academy 2002: a national conference honoring the literary achievements and contributions of Sonia Sanchez.; Universitywide Town Meeting: “The Ineffectiveness of Traditional Civil and Human Rights Remedies for Racial Injustice: The Case for Reparations and Other Measures to Remove the Inequities Confronting African Americans” (Howard University School of Law)

11.  Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Lecture: Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, educational consultant and author, discusses his book The Power, Passion and Pain of Black Love; Dance Performance by the Sankofa African Dance Troupe; Luncheon: Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon, hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., with presentations and a discussion
12.  Knox College,
Galesburg, Ill.,
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Maulana Karenga, founder of Kwanzaa, chair of the Black Studies Department, California State University, Long Beach; Panel discussion: “Black Students on Predominantly White Campuses”; Workshop: “Leadership for African American Men,” facilitated by motivational speaker Daniel Johnson

13.  Morgan State University, Baltimore
Lecture: Dick Gregory, civil and human rights activist, comedian and author; Frederick Douglass Convocation: Guest speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, author of Race Rules and Between God and Gangsta Rap.; Performance: Dance performance by UMDABU Dance Company

14.  Nassau Community College, Garden City, N.Y.
Lecture: By rap artist and activist KRS-ONE; One-woman show: “The Life and Times of Fannie Lou Hamer: On a Rugged Road to Freedom,” presented by artist M’Zuri

15.  Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va.
Performance: “Reading from the Women of Brewster Place,” by author Gloria Naylor; 19th Annual Poetry Reading: Images in Black Voices; Lecture: “Living With Aids,” presented by Rae Lewis Thornton

16.  Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.
Palmer Museum of Art Lecture Series: “Ancestral Legacies: Art and the Black Power Movement”; Exhibit: Contemporary and historical Black dolls; Lecture: “Reflections on the Meaning of Malcolm X’s Life,” sponsored by the Department of African/African American Studies

17.  Spelman College, Atlanta
Workshop: Family Heritage Workshop, presented by Ms. Courtney Scott, writer and genealogy expert; Exhibit: Spelman College Museum presents: “In Grampa’s Darkroom,” a multimedia celebration of African American photographer P.H. Polk, as prepared by his grandchildren; Concert: Sweet Honey in the Rock

18.  Stanford University,
Palo Alto, Calif.
Discussion: A dinner and discussion of Blacks in the media with Farai Chideya, CNN and ABC correspondent; Lecture: Author Randall Robinson discusses his book, The Reckoning: What Blacks Owe to Each Other; Lecture: “Bill Clinton and Black America,” USA Today journalist DeWayne Wickham discusses the unique connection between the former president and the Black community

19.  University of Arkansas
at Fayetteville
Speaker: Timothy McCain, author of Always, Until and Forever; Panel Discussions: “Faces of Diversity” Colloquium series: “Successful Women in Academia: The Struggle Continues;” “Moving Up the Ladder: Successful Men of Color in University Administration”; and “Student Athletes: The Past and Present — Stereotypes and the Struggle”; Performance: By Loston Harris, Jazz Trio

20.  University of
Missouri-Columbia
Keynote speaker: Jayne Cortez, “The Color Line Revisited: Is Racism Dead?”; Lecture: “Racism at an Early Age: Its Origin, Transmission and Development,” featuring Dr. Robert Williams, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Black Studies and Psychology, University of Missouri; Performance: Singer Earl Coleman, “Celebrating African American Music and Musicians”

21.  University of South Florida, Tampa
Concert: Second Annual Black Heritage Gospel Explosion; Lecture: Lawrence Ross, author of Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities; Performance: StorySong: Lest We Forget — A Musical History of Black People in the Modern World

22.  Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,
Blacksburg, Va.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Anthropologist, former president of Spelman College; Forum: “Reparations: Should African Americans Be Awarded Compensation for the Enslavement of their Ancestors”; Spring Greek Discussion: “Sisterhood and Brotherhood: Similarities and Differences Among Greek Organizations”

23.  Virginia State University,
Petersburg, Va.
Gospel play: “The Painful Experience”; Performance: Sankofa Dance Theatre & Fashion Show; Speaker: Samuel Taylor, author of Why Black Folk Call Themselves the “N” Word; Speaker: Michael Simanga, author of In the Shadow of the Sun

24.  Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.
Lecture: Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, delivers the Quintessence: Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture; Film: “All God’s Children” addresses religion and LesBiTrans issues in the Black community. Winner of Best Documentary award at the 1996 National Black Arts Film Festival; Lecture: “The Global Future of Race: Asian Americans and African Americans” by Vijay Prashad, assistant professor of international studies at Trinity College and author of The Karma of Brown Folk, which examines the place of South Asian Americans within contemporary U.S. racial groups and race relations.



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