CUNY Celebrates Black History Month

The colleges of the City University of New York are celebrating Black History Month with observances, seminars, exhibits, films, distinguished speakers and many special events in all five boroughs, most free and open to the public.

They include:

Through Feb. 28. Exhibit: “A Cameroon World: Art and Artifacts from the Marshall and Caroline Mount Collection.” Featuring more than 200 items from all regions of Cameroon. Closed Mondays. Queensborough Community College, QCC Art Gallery, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, Queens.

Through Feb. 28. Exhibit: “Eyes on Zora” Queens College library collection includes books, monographs and photos related to Zora Neale Hurston, as well as books by other notable African American women such as Nella Larsen, Lorraine Hansberry and Jacqueline Woodson. Queens College, Rosenthal Library.

Through Feb. 29. Exhibit: “Blacks in Sports: An Historical and Contemporary Perspective.” Featuring books, photos, posters, and other memorabilia. New York City College of Technology, Ursula C. Schwerin Library, 300 Jay St., Brooklyn.

Feb. 7 and 14. Noon- 2 p.m. Screening in two parts of Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke,” the filmmaker’s 2006 examination of the U.S. government’s role and response to Hurricane Katrina. City College, Hoffman Student Lounge, Convent Avenue and 137th Street, Manhattan.

Feb. 7 through March 5. Exhibit: “Playing the Changes: The Jazz Photographs of Milt Hinton.” Jazz musician Milt Hinton’s subjects included virtually everyone in the world of jazz: Cab Calloway, Billy Taylor, Willie (The Lion) Smith, Benny Goodman, Thelonious Monk, Gene Krupa, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughn, Pearl Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, and Barbra Streisand are just some of the performers. Baruch College, Mishkin Gallery, 135 E. 22nd St., Manhattan.

Feb. 9, 6 p.m. “Have we fulfilled the philosophical expectations of the Hon. Marcus Garvey?” Sons & Daughters of Jamaica, Keynote Speaker: Carlos E. Russell. Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Ave., Founders Auditorium, Brooklyn.

February 9, 16, 23, 2 p.m. “All About Louis”: lectures, free guided tours and other events at the Louis Armstrong House Museum (administered by Queens College). Saturday, Feb. 9, the gallery talk will be, “Louis as Civil Rights Pioneer,” presented by Museum Assistant Director Deslyn Dyer. Armstrong’s FBI file will be on display for this day only. Advance registration required for all free lectures and tours. The Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, Queens.

Feb. 10, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. “Honoring Our Elders: A Tribute to the Last Poets,” an homage to seminal wordsmiths The Last Poets, considered forefathers of the spoken word movement and hip-hop. The Last Poets works are imbued with the political consciousness of the Black Arts Movement of the1960s. Abiodun Oyewole, Don Babatunde Eaton and Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets will perform, and there will be additional readings by veteran spoken word artist Mo Beasley and emerging spoken word artist Chris Slaughter, Medgar Evers alumnus. All are welcome but ID is required to enter the building. RSVP, 718-270-6096 or miles@mec.cuny.edu. Medgar Evers College, President’s Conference Center, Room B-1008.

Feb. 11, 12 noon. Lecture: “Black Social Workers in Apartheid South Africa,” presented by Queens College History Professor Grace Davie. Queens College Rosenthal Library.

Feb. 11, 6 p.m. Black Culture panel discussion led by Baruch College professors. Baruch College Vertical Campus Room 1-107.

Feb. 11, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus speaks about his latest book, “Creating a World Without Poverty,” and about how to use markets to solve problems of poverty, hunger and inequality. Dr. Yunus will also help launch a major scholarship program at York College for children of Grameen Bank members and a summer internship interchange program for Bangladesh-bound York students and Bangladeshi students coming to New York. York College, Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, Queens.

Feb. 13, 11 a.m. Members of the elite Tuskegee Airmen military unit will discuss their experience during World War II. Lehman College Music Building’s East Dining Room, 250 Bedford Park Blvd West.

Feb. 13, 12 noon. Song, art, dance and poetry performances: “Performing Race.” Townsend Harris High School students join Queens College students, faculty and staff in a variety of creative media to explore the meaning of race and racial identity. Queens College Student Union.

Feb. 13, 12 noon. Founders President’s Address to Freshmen: Medgar Evers College President Edison O. Jackson speaks to freshman students. Founder’s Auditorium.

Feb. 13, 12:15 p.m. Feature Film: “Jungle Fever.” Screening of Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed 1991 film. Queens College Student Union.

Feb. 13, 2 p.m. Pre-Valentine’s Day seminar “Love and Relationships” with Dr. Precious Mulhern. Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), 199 Chambers St., Room S370.

Feb. 13, 6 p.m., “The Young Lords and Black Panthers: what relevancy do these social movements have today?” Baruch College Vertical Campus Room 1-107.

Feb. 14, 12:15 p.m. Piano Recital by Anthony Newton, QC ’89, who will play solo piano works by African American composers. Queens College, Lefrak Concert Hall.

Feb. 14, 1:30 p.m. Diversity Day Hunter College. Designed to target African American and Hispanic high school juniors and seniors who have applied or are considering applying to Hunter College. RSVP, 212-650-3881. Hunter College, North Building, 695 Park Ave., Manhattan.

Feb. 14, 12 noon. Empowerment Through Language: Poetry reading by Noemi Feliz and Marcus Dargan and remarks by Hassan Yasin. BMCC, 199 Chambers Street, Room S370, Manhattan.

Feb. 14, 12:30 p.m., “Black Love and Relationships” discussion, Baruch College Vertical Campus Room 2-125.

Feb. 14, 2 p.m., Valentine’s Day Workshop “Love and Happiness” with speakers Kahlil Koromantee, Dr. Paulette Starling, Penelope Jordan. BMCC, Room S370.

Feb. 14, 5 p.m. “The Legacy of Frederick Douglass: A Birthday Celebration of Frederick Douglass.” Speakers: Dr. Olivia Cousin with Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Dr. Karen Daughtry. Portrayal: Shaun Glover, directed by Marcus Dargan. BMCC, Room S370.

Feb. 15, 22, 29, 5 p.m. Screening in three parts of Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke (2006),” an examination of the U.S. government’s role and response to Hurricane Katrina. City College Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, 7th floor, Manhattan.

Feb. 15, 6 p.m. Tribute to Bob Marley, with screening of the documentary film “Africa Unite.” Medgar Evers College, Founders Auditorium.

Feb. 15, 6 p.m. “Re-defining African American: What’s at Stake?” Hunter College, North Building, Lang Recital Hall.

Feb. 16, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. (doors open at 3 p.m.) “Oh Megan Don’t You Weep: Benefit & Unity Rally Against Hate Crimes.” In 2007, 20-year old Megan Williams was brutally assaulted in West Virginia in an alleged hate crime. This rally — which features a videotaped interview with Megan, remarks from her mother Carmen Williams, and lead attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz, who is pressing for federal hate crime charges against the six white defendants who abused Megan — aims to raise awareness of the issue. Medgar Evers College’s Drama Club, Imani Singers and Imani Dance Ensemble are joined by human rights advocate and journalist Mary Alice Miller and freedom singer DuPrée and other local activists and cultural performers. Medgar Evers College, Founders Auditorium.

Feb. 19, 9 a.m. One-day exhibit by the Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels with artifacts dating back to 1517, when Portuguese and Spanish traders began a slave trade from the Gold Cost of Africa. City College NAC Rotunda.

Feb. 19, 3:45 p.m. “The Student Strike of 1968 Revisited.” Hunter College, West Building, 68th Street and Lexington Ave.

Feb. 19, 12 noon, “We Wear the Mask: Freedman’s Village Speaks,” Black Storytelling Jubilee. Stories told by representatives of Freedman’s Village.

York College Performing Arts Center.

Feb. 19, 12:30 p.m., Lecture: “An Afternoon of Black Love,” by motivational speaker Dennis Rahiim Watson. City College, Hoffman Student Lounge.

Feb. 19, 12:30 p.m., Book Discussion. Roger L. Abel, retired NYPD Detective, will discuss his recent book, “The Black Shields,” a powerful pictorial history and narrative of the black police experience.. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Haaren Hall, 899 Tenth Ave., Manhattan.

Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m., “Race and Criminal Justice System,” panel discussion of disparate treatment of blacks in the justice system. Baruch College Vertical Campus Room 3-215.

Feb. 20, 12 noon and 6 p.m. Presidential Lecture Series with featured speaker Dr. Doris Withers, biology professor at Medgar Evers College, discussing African-Americans, genealogy and DNA ancestry. Medgar Evers College, Founders Auditorium.

Feb. 20, 12:15 p.m. Feature Film: “Do the Right Thing,” Spike Lee’s award-winning 1989 drama. Queens College Dining Hall, Patio Room.

Feb. 20, 25, and 27, 12:15 p.m. Book discussion on “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” Zora Neale Hurston’s masterwork. Controversial when it was first published in 1937, it is regarded as a seminal work in both African-American and women’s literature. Queens College Rosenthal Library.

Feb. 20, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Lecture and panel discussion: Blacks in Sports. Keynote speaker: William C. Rhoden, New York Times sports columnist. To include Shaun Powell, Newsday columnist; City Tech alumna and former high school track star Martha Benton Desaussure ’87 and City Tech student Stanley Chambers, who is president of Stanley’s Place, a Negro League memorabilia store in Park Slope. Dance performance by the Jamal Jackson Dance Company. New York City College of Technology, Atrium Amphitheatre, 300 Jay Street, Brooklyn.

Feb. 21, 12 noon. Lecture: “What a Man: The Evolution and Development of Malcolm X,” by Distinguished Lecturer Ron Daniels. York College Academic Core Building.

Feb. 21 12:30 p.m. Lecture: “The Slave Trade and its Abolition: Beyond Numbers,” by Dr. Sylvianne Anna Diouf, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture writer-historian. City College, Hoffman Student Lounge.

Feb. 21, 6 p.m. Lecture: “The Slave Trade and its Abolition: Beyond Numbers” by Dr. Sylvianne Anna Diouf, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture writer-historian. City College Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, 7th floor, Manhattan.

Feb. 21, 12:30 p.m. “Freedom Dreams: African American Artistic Insights, Past and Present” will feature dance, poetry and the spoken word and include a performance by Thomas Sayers Ellis, recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award in 2005 for poetry. Lehman College, Lovinger Theatre.

Feb. 21, 12:15 p.m., Feature film: “School Daze,” Spike Lee’s 1988 depiction of homecoming at a black southern college. Queens College Dining Hall, Patio Room.

Feb. 21- 12 noon. Seminar: “The State of HIV in Black America.” Guest speaker: Dr. Marc Johnson, M.D., Medical Director, HIV Ambulatory Care, New York Hospital-Queens. Sponsored by The School of Science, Health and Technology. Medgar Evers College.

Feb. 22, 9 a.m. Annual Malcolm/King breakfast will feature keynote speaker Dominic Carter, host of NY1’s Inside City Hall and honoree David Lamb, playwright and author of “Do Platanos Go Wit’ Collard Greens.” Tickets are $35 with proceeds to the Malcolm/King Leadership Scholarship Fund. John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Feb. 22, 12 noon. Screening of “Like It Is with Gil Noble,” a WABC program featuring interview with Dr. Edison O. Jackson and Dr. Bill Cosby.

Feb. 23, 10 p.m.-4 p.m. Youth Forum: “Stop the Criminalization of Black Youth.” Medgar Evers College, Founders Auditorium.

Feb. 23, 5 p.m. Film screening and discussion on “Roots of my Heart,” an independent short feature by Gloria Rolando, Cuba’s only living black female filmmaker. The film deals with the 1912 massacre of more than 6,000 black Cubans who were members and supporters of the Independents of Color, the hemisphere’s first black political party outside Haiti, who fought for their rights. City College Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, 7th floor, Manhattan.

Feb. 25, 12 noon, Town Hall Meeting: “Acting White: Race & Education” Open exchange of ideas on the meaning of race and ethnicity and its impact on educational achievement. Queens College Dining Hall, Patio Room.

Feb. 25, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Symposium: “Pathways to Freedom: African Americans in Crisis – Which Way Marcus?” Discussion of the relevance and influence of black nationalist, activist and organizer Hon. Marcus Garvey, on the life and times of African Americans. Panelists to include Dr. Julius Garvey, Dr. Waldaba Stewart, and the Hon. Charles Barron. Medgar Evers College, B-1008.

Feb. 26, 11 a.m. Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lecture. Keynote speaker, Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson. Lehman College, Lovinger Theatre, 250 Bedford Park Blvd.West.

Feb. 25, 1:15 p.m. The African Burial Ground Guided Tour. Leaving Room 206A (BMCC) to Burial Ground.

Feb. 26, 12:30 p.m. Dominican Independence Day Celebration, led by CCNY Salsa Mambo dance club. City College NAC Ballroom.

Feb. 26, 2 p.m. “The Poetry of Melvin B. Tolson,” presented by Professor Cynthia Jones. Hostos Community College, Faculty Dining Room, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

Feb. 26, 5 p.m. Lecture: “Making the Invisible Visible,” by Marta Vega. Hostos Community College Art Gallery.

Feb. 26, 6 p.m. A celebration of African American history and history makers with music and poetry readings. York College Academic Core Building Atrium.

Feb. 26, 6 p.m. Film & Culture Series: DGTV Season 2: Three video articles written, produced and edited by Heru Vision. Films: “The Riddle of HER-EM-KHET,” “Canola Oil – Drop of Death,” and “White Sugar – The Mark of Cane.” Medgar Evers College, Founders Auditorium.

Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Student/Faculty Poetry Read-in, focusing on black women in prose, poetry and song. Lehman College, Leonard Lief Library Atrium.

12 noon-1:30 p.m. Mardi Gras Musical Celebration. Musical and performing arts talent from Medgar Evers College and the community come together in a celebration that combines traditions of African American and Caribbean culture. Medgar Evers College, Founders Auditorium.

12 noon. Documentary film: “Black Is, Black Ain’t.” Marlon Briggs’ last film addresses racism, sexism, and homophobia within the black community. Queens College Dining Hall, Patio Room.

Feb. 27, 6 p.m. “Policing America’s Cities in the 21st Century: Challenges and Triumphs in New York City and New Orleans.” Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Superintendent Warren J. Riley will be featured speakers in the annual Lloyd G. Sealy Lecture, named in memory of John Jay college professor who was first African American Assistant Chief Inspector and Commander of the Brooklyn North Patrol Service Area for the NYPD. The event is co-sponsored by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 899 Tenth Ave., Manhattan.

Feb. 27, 12:30 p.m. Closing ceremony and luncheon. Speaker: New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. on “Does Race Matter In Politics?” Please RSVP at asales@bmcc.cuny.edu. BMCC, Richard Harris Terrace.

Feb. 27, 2 p.m., Health Screenings. Sponsors: Nursing and Allied Health Departments, and Health Services. BMCC, Room S206A.

Feb. 27, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. “The Art of Necessity: An African Quilt Exhibit.” Speaker: Professor Edward Bostick, BMCC, Room S370.

Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Blood Drive, in partnership with United Black Men of Queens and other community organizations. York College Academic Core Building Atrium.

Feb. 28, 12:30 p.m. “Showcase of Black Culture with Music Dance and Spoken Word,” by CCNY student clubs. City College Hoffman Student Lounge.

Feb. 28, 1:10 p.m. “The Transatlantic Slave Trade: A Retrospective Panel,” in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the U.S. abolition of the slave trade. Hunter College West Building.

Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m. Black History Month Awards reception presented by BUILD. Hunter College North Building, Silvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse.

Feb. 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MEC Head Start Annual Black History Month Program, featuring the children of the Ella Baker Child Care Center. Dance, song, historical presentations, poetry. Celebration of Gospel & Brass Music. At. 6 p.m. there will be a fete featuring the Eagle Praise Band, the Committee Music Group, and Juda Camp. Medgar Evers College, Founders Auditorium.

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