ESPN Basketball Analyst and Trailblazer Carolyn Peck Will Speak at Queens College Feb, 7 During Black History Month

— Concert of Milestone Negro Spirituals by Jazz Musician Hilliard Greene and Exhibition 
on African-American Filmmaker Oscar Micheaux Among Free Public Events in February —

FLUSHING, NY, January 30, 2012 – She’s been called a legend, a trailblazer in women’s athletics, and a role model for all young women.  An accomplished basketball player, Carolyn Peck not only went on to coach a college team – the Purdue Boilermakers – to the NCAA National Title championship in 1999, she also made history as the first African-American woman ever to do so.  The recipient of many Coach of the Year honors following that memorable campaign, Peck also served as head coach and general manager of the Orlando Miracle, the former Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) franchise.

An ESPN basketball analyst on the collegiate and professional levels since 2001, Peck will speak at Queens College on Tuesday, February 7, about her long journey in rising to the top of her field. Peck will be in Rosenthal Library, Room 230, from 5 –7 pm.

Jazz musician, composer, music director, teacher and solo bassist Hilliard (Hill) Greene, who once described music as a “spiritual experience,” performs Negro spirituals, folk music and his own compositions with the same passion and unique virtuosity as Blues, bop and Bach. On Thursday, February 16, Greene will play six milestone Negro spirituals whose Bible-based lyrics may have provided coded communication to help guide runaway African-American slaves to freedom before the Civil War. Students and faculty will read and interpret these lyrics as Greene performs.  Over the years many of these spirituals became the standard folk songs for all Americans regardless of their ethnic backgrounds. Greene’s concert will take place in Goldstein Theatre from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. (Please note:  Venue may be subject to last-minute change.  Please call QC’s Events Office for updates:  718-997-3600.)

“Peck’s lecture and Greene’s performance top the lineup of exciting events we have planned for February which are sure to educate, engage and enlighten both the college and community,” says Africana Studies Professor Evelyn Julmisse.  “Each event ties in with this year’s program theme, ‘The long struggle:  Rising against oppression through education and culture and building bridges for a brighter future.’”

All BHM events, including those listed below, are free and open to the public.  Further information on these events may be found at:  or Email:

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Monday, February 6, 12:15 –1:30 pm
Film:  The Murder of Fred Hampton
This documentary chronicles the short life of Fred Hampton, the founder of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, who at the age of 21, was killed during a raid of the party’s headquarters by the Chicago Police Department.
Dining Hall Patio Room

Wednesday, February 8, 10 am – 2 pm, 6 – 8 pm;
Exhibition: “History of Black Films of the Early 20th Century”
Focuses on the work of Oscar Micheaux, one of the first African-American filmmakers of the early 20th century, who produced and/or directed over 40 films during a time when African-American artists were not welcome in Hollywood.  Curated by ReconstructArt, a non-profit organization that serves at-risk youths through the arts, the QC exhibition will include posters, books and clips of Micheaux’s most notable films.  Three of ReconstructArts’s artists – Lawrence Joyner, Elemuel “Dean” Richards, and Tyson Hall – will screen and discuss these films. 
Rosenthal Library, inside and outside Room 230

Wednesday, February 15, 12:15 – 1:30 pm
Lecture: “Haiti, the Earthquake and its Aftermath”
Presented by Political Science Professor Francois Pierre-Louis, who specializes in immigration, transnationalism, African civilization, and Caribbean and Haitian Politics. Pierre-Louis has worked as a community organizer in Haiti and the U.S., served in the private cabinet of President Aristide and as an advisor to Prime Minister Alexis.  He is frequently quoted in print and broadcast media for his insights on these subject areas.
Campbell Dome

Tuesday, February 21, 7 –10 pm
Film: Roots
This 1977 American television miniseries was based on Alex Haley’s novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family.  Receiving unprecedented Nielsen ratings when it aired, Roots went on to garner nine Emmys, a Golden Globe and Peabody Award. 
Student Union, Room 301

Wednesday, February 22, 12:15 – 1:30 pm
Documentary Film:  Second Chances: The CUNY SEEK and CD Story
QC SEEK Program Director Frank Franklin will moderate a discussion of this 26-minute film produced by CUNY-TV producer Sara Porath that chronicles the ground-breaking history of the SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) and College Discovery programs, with testimonies and recollections from those who founded and benefited from them. SEEK and College Discovery provide specialized counseling, remedial instruction and tutoring to assist high-potential, low-income students in attaining a college degree. 
Rosenthal  Library, Room 230.

Thursday, February 23, 7 – 10 pm
Lecture: “Oppression of Blacks in America”
Featuring guest speakers Carlitos Rovira, formerly with the Young Lords, and “Shep,” formerly with the Black Panthers.
Dining Hall Patio Room

Tuesday, February 28, 6 –9 pm
Latino Cultural Event: “Africa’s Contributions to Latin America”
Since the 15th century, Africans have brought their history, music, religious beliefs, and traditions to Latin America, which remain in evidence throughout the continent.  Moderated by student Carlos Viteri, this three-hour presentation, which includes performances by Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Panamanian music and dance groups, will shed light on the huge influence one culture has had on another.
Dining Hall Patio Room

Wednesday, February 29, 12:15 – 1:30 pm
Exhibition: “History of Black Films of the Early 20th Century”
See program description for February 8.
Campbell Dome

These BHM events are co-sponsored by QC’s Africana Studies Program, SEEK, Aaron Copland School of Music, the Departments of Athletics,  Secondary Education & Youth Services, and Urban Studies, Office of Minority Affairs, Godwin-Ternbach Museum,
QC Library’s Department of Special Collections’ Civil Rights Archive, and such student organizations as Progressive Black Students Association (PBSA) and Alliance of Latin American Students (ASAS).

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