Medgar Evers College Celebrates Black History Month

January 31, 2012 | Medgar Evers College

Throughout February, Medgar Evers College shall celebrate Black History Month with an exciting array of events. Themed African-American Trailblazers, Pioneers and Educators, the roster includes activities that run the gamut of the African American experience: from celebrating their cultural contributions through film screenings, videos, book readings, storytelling, artistic creations, and song/dance performances; to critical explorations (such as panel discussions, and featured lectures), of the political and socio-economic advancements made since the heyday of the civil rights era. Event attendees will receive Black History mementos and light refreshments will be served at signature events.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Opening Event
11:00am-12:15pm Edison O. Jackson Auditorium
President William Pollard will give the opening address to launch the College’s month-long calendar of exciting and educational programs and activities.

Artists’ Talk: The Renaissance of Black History Exhibit
1:00pm-2:30pm AB1 Lobby and Art Gallery Room
Guest speaker Ed Sherman will converse about the works displayed and the historical significance of the pieces at the African-American Renaissance of Black History exhibit – a stunning collection of art from a selection of established and renowned artists.

Grand Opening: The Renaissance of Black History Exhibit
6:00pm-8:00pm AB1 Gallery/ “S” Building-3rd Floor/Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library
The College community and community residents are invited to the grand opening of The Renaissance of Black History exhibit – a collection of art that beautifully illustrates a wide range of people and events in African-American history. Artists will provide their personal perspectives on their works.

Media Center Films and Screenings
Spotlight Film Screening: February One
2:30pm-4:00pm Founders Auditorium
On-going Film Screenings: Eyes on the Prize 1954-1956 & 1957-1962
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Media Center Films and Screenings
Spotlight Film Screening: Spike Lee’s Four Little Girls - a documentary about a terrorist bombing of an African-American church during the Civil Rights Movement
2:30pm-4:00pm Founders Auditorium
On-going Film Screenings: Eyes on the Prize 1960-1961 & 1962-1963
Ongoing Media Room, B 2042A

Friday, February 3, 2012

Civil Rights, Yesterday and Today
11:30am-12:45pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
A panel discussion– moderated by Herb Boyd, journalist and author of Civil Rights, Yesterday and Today – featuring legendary civil and human rights advocate and educator Dr. Robert (Bob) Moses, freedom rider, leader of the of SNCC’s Mississippi Voter Registration Project and the Freedom Democratic Party.

Media Center Films and Screenings
On-going Film Screenings: Eyes on the Prize 1962-1964 & 1965
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A

Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Cultural Extravaganza
2:00pm-10:00pm Founders Auditorium
Cultural event presented by “Sons and Daughters of Africa.”

Monday, February, 6th

Media Center Films and Screenings
Spotlight Film Screening: Chisholm ’72 Unbought & Unbossed
2:30pm-4:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
On-going Film Screenings: Eyes on the Prize 1964-1966 & 1965-1968
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

National HIV Awareness Fair and Program
11:00am-3:00pm “S” Bldg, 1st, 2nd & 3rd floors, Mary Pinkett Lecture Hall
Held on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the fair promotes community awareness and prevention education for the disease. Featuring keynote speaker Dee Bailey, Executive Director of Watchful Eye. Presented by The Health Services Department.

Media Center Films and Screenings
2:30pm – 4:00 pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
Film & Culture Series Event with ‘ImageNation’

On-going Film Screenings: Eyes on the Prize 1964-1972 & 1968 -1971
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

History of the Voting Rights Act and Implications for the Future
11:30am-12:45pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
Learn more about the right to vote, its complicated history, and its import for the future as our nation gears up for crucial 2012 elections. Presented by The Center for Law and Social Justice, Esmeralda Simmons, Esq. of SPCD-School of Professional and Community Development.

Book Discussion: The New Jim Crow
1:30pm-2:30pm Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library
In The New Jim Crow, author and legal scholar Michelle Alexander explores the similarities between present-day discrimination against convicted criminals and past race-based legal discrimination against African-Americans.

Media Center Films and Screenings
Spotlight Film Screening: American Violet, a film about legal injustice in Texas
2:30pm-4:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
On-going Film Screenings: Eyes on the Prize 1966-1968 & 1967-1968
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A

Thursday, February, 9, 2012

Tracing Our African Ancestry & History through DNA
11:30am-12:45pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
Dr. Doris C. Withers, Professor of Biology & Education, explores African-Americans ancestry through genetic anthropology and the related field of genetic genealogy. Come hear about the results of DNA ancestry research of the Brooklyn community and for a chance to win a free DNA ancestry test.

Media Center Films and Screenings
On-going Film Screenings: Eyes on the Prize 1974-1980 & 1979-1985
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A

Population, Redistricting, and Black Political Power in New York
6:00pm-8:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
Presenters Dr. John Flateau, Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Esmeralda Simmons, Esq., Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Justice will highlight changing NYC demographics and how the U.C. Census recorded population may affect the upcoming reallocation of political districts and political power to Black New Yorkers for the state and city legislatures.

Friday, February, 10, 2012

Spotlight Film Screening: The Road to Prosperity
2:30pm-4pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
Program immediately following film will include a panel discussion and a historical overview about Malawi presented by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Malawi to the UN with a question and answer segment.

Media Center Films and Screenings
“The African Experience” On-going Film Screenings:
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A
Films: Africa; Africa Before Slavery; Africa: Caravans of Gold, Kings and Cities; Africa: Continent of Contrasts; Africa: Different But Equal, Mastering a Continent; Africa: The Bible and The Gun, This Magnificent Africa and Africa: The Rise of Nationalism, The Legacy

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Media Center Films Events and Screenings
“Black Love/Black Classics” On-going Film Screenings:
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A
Films: Carmen Jones; Developing Positive Self Images & Discipline in Black Children; Glory; A Raisin in the Sun; Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman; Lady Sings the Blues; Sankofa; For Colored Girls and Stormy Weather

2B or Not 2B… A Black Greek — The Historical Relationship Between Greece and Africa
1:00pm – 3:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium

Wednesday, February 15

Media Center Films and Screenings
Spotlight Film Screening: John Singleton’s Rosewood, a film about racial violence and resistance in Florida
2:30pm-4:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
On-going Film Screenings: Roots: The Series 1 – 12Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A

Book Discussion: Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans
4:00pm-5:00pm Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library
Written by Harriet Washington, Medical Apartheid is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African-Americans.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Panel Discussion: Blacks in Retail: History & Opportunity
11:00am-12:15pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
Moderated by Professor Beatrice Brathwaite of the Mass Communications Department; this discussion will concern the role of the retail industry in the lives of Blacks in America. Presented by Career Management Services Center, External Relations & Barbara Modeste of Saks Fifth Avenue.

Media Center Films and Screening
Spotlight Film Screening: Two Dollars and a Dream
2:30pm-4:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
“Blacks, Business, Building a Community” On-going Film Screenings: Roots: The Series 1 – 12
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A
Films: African Americans Must Have Reparations; All American – Discrimination in Employment; Making a Case for Reparations to African Americans; Money Wise Investing: The Risk and Rewards; Black Hollywood; Credit Restoration; Prime Time Fighting Back Against Foreclosure; Entrepreneurship for the New Millennium; For Jobs and Freedom; The Two Nations of Black America and Problems of Buppies

Panel Discussion: Blacks on Wall Street & Madame CJ Walker
6:00pm-8:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
Presenters will speak to the subject of entrepreneurship and the experience of Blacks on Wall Street in the context of the past and present civil rights movement. It is sponsored by the School of Business.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Just For You, African Dance Group program
4:00pm-8:00pm Founders Auditorium
An African Dance Group program which will be presented by the School of Professional Community Development, Beacon Sites.

Media Center Films and Screening
Spotlight Film Screening: Take No Prisoners (Brooklyn Independent Filmmaker Showcase)
6:00pm-10:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
“The American Slavery Experience” On-going Film Screenings
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A
Films: Slavery and the Making of America; The Downward Spiral; Liberty in the Air; Seeds of Destructionand The Challenge of Freedom

Tuesday, February, 21, 2012

Athletes & Sports Figures in Black History featuring Olympian John Carlos
11:30am-12:45pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
John Carlos, a 1968 US National Track & Field Team Olympian and bronze medalist, shall discuss the aftermath of his infamous black power salute on the victory stand as chronicled in his book, The John Carlos Story.

Media Center Films and Screenings
Spotlight Film Screening: Spike Lee’s Malcolm X
2:30pm-4:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
“Malcolm X” On-going Film Screenings
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A
Films: Malcolm X Make It Plain; Malcolm X Nationalist or Humanist; and Legacy of Malcolm X

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Panel Discussion: Health Disparities in Black America
11:30am-12:45pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
Panelists include Alethia Maybank, MD, the Brooklyn Commissioner of the NYC Department of Health; and Dexter McKenzie, MD, President of Provident Medical Society. Presented by The School of Science, Health and Technology and the Male Development & Empowerment Center.

Media Center Films and Screenings
Spotlight Film Screening: Blacks in Science – Dr. Ivan Van Sertima
2:30pm-4:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
“Blacks in Science” On-going Film Screenings
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A
Films: Carver: Man of Vision; Concepts of White Supremacy; Digging for Slaves: The Excavation of American Slave Sites; Melanin and the African Origin of Civilization; Melanin: Biophysics of Melanin and Consciousness and Race – The Power of an Illusion

Book Discussion: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
6:00pm-7:00pm Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library
Written by Rebecca Skloot, the book explores how cells from Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, became one of the most important tools in modern medicine.

Wednesday, February 23, 2012

Media Center Films and Screenings
Spotlight Film Screening: John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk
2:30pm-4:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
“Black Americans of Achievement” On-going Film Screenings
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A
Films: Blacks Americans of Achievement; James Baldwin; Langston Hughes; Mary Mcleod Bethune; W. E. B. Du Bois; Booker T. Washington and Legacy of Barbara Jordan

Friday, February 24, 2012

Trailblazers and Pioneers in the Struggle for Justice
6:00pm-8:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
This event features a film presentation, a short discussion on prisoner based gerrymandering legislation, an award presentation to NYS Assemblyman Hakim Jeffries and a cohort of students who authored letters to the U.S. Justice Department in support of the State Assembly’s legislation on the NYPD “stop and frisk” practices. Sponsored by the Dubois-Bunche Center for Social Policy, Professor Roger Green & Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries.

Media Center Films and Screenings
Spotlight Film Screening: Blacks & Jews & a Film & Culture Series Special
2:30pm-4:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
“Black Americans of Achievement” On-going Film Screenings
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A
Films: African American Judges Speak Out on Injustice In; America; Black History 1992; Black Is, Black Ain’t; Buffalo Soldiers; Color Adjustment; Decisions That Shook the World; Every Mother’s Son; Morehouse Men; The Contemporary Black Male Experience; Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey; Reverend Jeremiah Wright Speaks Out; and Tulia Texas

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Catharsis: Emotional Justice for African Americans featuring R&B Singer Chrisette Michele, Journalist Esther Armah and Many More

9:00am-2:00pm Founders’ Auditorium
9:00am-6:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium/ AB1 VIP Dining Hall/ AB1 Classrooms
Catharsis: A FREE full-day conference using theater, art, activism, holistic and alternative healing workshops for students, advocates, and civil and human rights activists of the front-lines of social justice movements throughout the Black Community. Featuring Esther Armah, Chrisette Michele, R&B Superstar and Artist and others. Convened by The Black History Month Committee, the Center for Women’s Development, Black Women’s Blueprint and ANEW-NY. Presented by the Center for Women’s Development, Black Women’s Blueprint Inc, and Sea Elle Therapy.

A Night of Fashion and Presentation of African Spirit Award to Michael Wiltshire
6:00pm Founders Auditorium
Presented by The People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective, in collaboration with Medgar Evers College Student Government and the Office of Student Life, this annual event features tributes and celebrations of music, spoken word, and dance.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Past is Always Present
11:30am-12:45pm AB1- EOJ Auditorium
Reflections on Toni Morrison’s “Sula”, a novel that chronicles Black life from World War I to the Civil Rights Movement. Presented by The School of Liberal Arts and Education.

AgiProp: Agitation Propaganda and the Effects of Multi-Media
6:00pm – 9:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium

Media Center Films and Screenings
“Black Power” On-going Film Screenings
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A
Films: Nation Time’ Gary; Negros With Guns; Black Panthers and San Francisco State; Black Power In America and Black Panthers

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Panel Discussion: African-American Men in Education–Facing History and Ourselves
6:00pm–8:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
Featuring Tabari Bomani, Bushwick Community High School teacher; Jerib Carson, MEC alumnus and teacher at Harlem’s Children Zone; Greg Lucas, Principal at Brooklyn Democracy Academy High School; Dr. Tabora Johnson, Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Medgar Evers College; and Michael Prayor, Principal at Brooklyn High School of Law and Technology. The session will culminate in a Q&A. Presented by Career Management Services in collaboration with MDEC-Male Development & Empowerment Center and The School of Liberal Arts and Education.

Media Center Films and Screenings
Spotlight Film Screening: Hughes Dream Harlem / Zora is My Name
2:30pm-4:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
“Black in Literature and the Arts” On-going Film Screenings
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A
Films: Alice Walker, African American Women Writers; Amiri Baraka; In Motion Amiri Baraka; Edge Of Each Other’s Battles: A Vision of Audre Lord; Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies; Maya Angelou: Writers in Conversation; Thelonious Monk: American Composer; To Be Young, Gifted & Black – Lorraine Hansberry and Toni Morrison

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Corporate Luncheon Honoring the Achievements of Black Executives
12:00pm-3:00pm Morton’s Restaurant
An invite-only event in recognition of the triumphs of people of color in the private sector. Presented by the School of Business and External Relations.

Media Center Films and Screenings
Spotlight Film Screening: Ghost of Mississippi / Great Debaters / Paul Robeson
2:30pm-4:00pm AB1-EOJ Auditorium
“Building on Their Legacies” On-going Film Screenings
Ongoing Media Room, B-2042A
Films: Dr. Nkrumah; Frederick Douglass: An American Life; Free At Last Civil Rights Heroes; Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad; Mandela; Marcus Garvey: Toward Black Nationhood; Nat Turner; and Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela

Book Discussions – Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library: During February 2012, book discussions will be held in the MEC Library, Media Room 2042A. A librarian will facilitate the conversation and will help students to make the connection between history and the present. Students are encouraged to ask for the books in the library to check out and read before the book discussion to fully participate. In addition to a better understanding of black history, those who fully participate in the book discussion will also receive a giveaway. Professors will be encouraged to give students extra credit for participating in and writing up their experiences.

Please note that all events are subject to room or location changes; updated information will be provided when necessary in the Library or at Security points.

Corporate and community sponsors include: Barnes & Nobles, Inc.; Saks Fifth Ave., Inc.; Morton’s Steak House; TD Bank; and Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.


About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.