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BRONX COMMUNITY COLLEGE OBSERVES BLACK HISTORY MONTH

A Cross-Campus Collaboration Will Feature Lectures,
Exhibits, Films and other Special Events

February 1, 2016 — February is Black History Month and at Bronx Community College it is being observed with a college-wide collaboration including special talks, exhibits, a film and a workshop.

The Department of History, the Department of Art and Music and the Offices of Student Life and Academic Affairs have organized a month of rich and rewarding programing:

All month  — Exhibits devoted to Seneca Village, the 19th century free Black community that lived in what is today Central Park. Colston Hall, third and fifth floors; North Hall and Library, 2nd floor; Meister Hall, Learning Commons; and the Roscoe Brown Student Center, first floor. The Institute for the Exploration of Seneca Village History provided all the images from a dig in Central Park that included CUNY students.

February 2 — The opening ceremony for BCC’s celebration of Black History Month will include a keynote address by Michael A. Baston, J.D., Ed.D., Vice President and Associate Provost of Student Affairs at LaGuardia Community College entitled “Where Do We Go From Here? Community or Chaos? Why College is the Answer.” 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Roscoe Brown Student Center, Hall of Fame Playhouse.  A reception will follow in Room 211.

February 11 — A screening of the film “Something the Lord Made,” a dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.  Thomas,  a black man originally hired as a janitor, is played by the actor and rapper formerly known as Mos Def. 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Roscoe Brown Student Center, Room 211.

February 11  — A faculty talk by BCC Assistant Professor of History Prithi Kanakamedala entitled "Too Long Have Others Spoken for Us — Race, Citizenship and Selfhood in New York's Antebellum Free Black Communities,” cosponsored by the Faculty Lecture Series and the History Lecture Series. 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. North Hall and Library, Room 314.

February 23 — A workshop on the subject of leadership insights from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have a Dream” speech. Student participation is encouraged.
It will be led by Audrey Rose-Glenn of BCC’s Office of Student Life. 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Roscoe Brown Student Center, Room 311B.

February 25 — An as yet to be announced closing event will mark the end of Black History Month in the Roscoe Brown Student Center, Hall of Fame Playhouse. A reception will follow in Room 211.       
BCC’s Art and Music Department will also be a part of the observance of Black History Month by including Seneca Village Project themes in its studio courses over the next two semesters. The resulting student artworks will be featured in the Hall of Fame Art Gallery during next year’s Black History Month.

Similar cross-campus collaboration will drive BCC’s observance of Women History Month in March and Hispanic Heritage Month in the fall.

 

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