City Tech’s February Black History Month Events to Focus on Migration

Brooklyn, NY —  “Black Migrations” is the theme of New York City College of Technology’s (City Tech’s) 2012 celebration of Black History Month in February. The free events, which will take place at 300 Jay Street (at Tillary) in Downtown Brooklyn, will include a lecture, choral and dramatic performances, an exhibition and a reading. For additional information, please contact Hazel Gibbs at 718.260.5205 or

February 23, 2012, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Black Migrations

Atrium Amphitheater

Keynote address at 11:30 a.m. by Dr. Jo-Ann Graham, “The Great Migration: Agent of Change.” Preceded and followed by performances by the City Tech Community Choir and Black Theater students on the theme of migration.

Dr. Jo-Ann Graham

Dr. Graham will explore how The Great Migration of American blacks from the South in the early 20th century changed the nation, changed the individuals and changed the roles of American blacks in the US. She will reference the vision of two artists of different generations — painter Jacob Lawrence, who in 1941 produced The Migration Series — 60 paintings depicting the mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North between World War I and World War II — and writer Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (2010), a New York Times best seller and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

Dr. Graham has lectured around the world on abstract expressionism and the African American artist, among other topics. She has served on the board of the Hammond Museum and also served with the Cinque Art Gallery, founded by Romare Bearden, Ernest Crichlow and Norman Lewis to enhance opportunities for Black artists and establish an educational venue for the public. Holding a PhD from NYU, she chaired the Department of Communication and served as coordinator of the Division of Humanities at Bronx Community College.

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Other Black History Month Events at City Tech

February 1 – 29, 2012

Library Exhibit: “Black Migrations”

Atrium Building, 4th Floor

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Daily when College is open.)

This two-part exhibit includes a poster presentation by City Tech’s graphic design students (including selected work by Albert Li, designer of the College’s Black History Month artwork) and a visual history using photos, circulars and other printed material tracing the history of migrations by people of African descent throughout the world — the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, The Great Migration and Caribbean Immigration to New York City, among others.

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February 6, 2012

Storytelling in Black Theatre

Atrium Student Lounge – Ground Floor Atrium Bldg.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

This presentation will include storytelling and a lecture by African American Studies faculty member Monica Williams. It will highlight how storytelling has shaped early and contemporary Black Theatre.

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February 16, 2012, 12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m.

City Tech Celebrates the 23rd Year of the National African American Read-In

Namm 119 – New Student Center

The National Read-In will include student, faculty and staff participants, who will share various forms of literature, including poems, essays and excerpts from novels and plays. Students also will read from original works. Most of the readings will focus on the movement of African people throughout the world.

Among the sponsors of City Tech’s Black History Month events are the College’s Department of African American Studies, Office of Enrollment & Student Affairs, Office of the Provost, Black Male Initiative and Black Women’s Networking Committee. Dr. Graham’s lecture is made possible through “Speakers in the Humanities,” a program of the New York Council for the Humanities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of The City University of New York (CUNY) is the largest public college of technology in New York State. Located at 300 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, the College enrolls 16,000 students in 62 baccalaureate, associate and specialized certificate programs.