Bronx Community College has a long and vibrant history of Black artists and the arts on its campus. In honor of Black History Month, the History department has created a pop-up exhibit, “Artistic Giants”, covering the long history of Black artists visiting BCC and speaking with the campus community, including writers John Oliver Killens (founder of the Harlem Writers Guild and the College’s first writer-in-residence) and James Baldwin; dancer Pearl Primus; artist Romare Bearden, and actor Paul Robeson, Sr. Commencement speakers have included actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. The exhibit will be on display through February in the Public History Gallery on the 3rd Floor in Colston Hall [CO] and in North Hall and Library [NH] on the 2nd floor.
College-Wide Common Read and Book Party: The Bluest Eye
The Library Department, in partnership with Womxn Up!, the Social Justice Network, and the Black and Latinx Studies program, has selected Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye for the spring 2024 common BCC read. Although this novel debuted more than 50 years ago, themes within The Bluest Eye continue to resonate today. For a limited time, the library is offering complimentary copies to students, faculty, and staff. All are invited to attend The Bluest Eye Opening Reception Book Party on Thursday, Feb. 22 in NL 314, 12 noon – 1:50 pm – RSVP HERE.
Former BCC President (the third in the College’s history) Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. was featured on WNBC-NY’s “Discover Black Heritage: Everyday Heroes All Month Long” segment.
BCC Library Shares List of Black History Month Films & Documentaries
In honor of Black History Month, the BCC Library has shared a list of selected films and documentaries celebrating Black History and the Black American Experience. All of these documentaries, along with a variety of other educational films, can be accessed at Academic Video Online (Alexander Street) and Films on Demand (Infobase).