MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE PRESIDENT WILLIAM POLLARD TO KICK OFF BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM AT THE COLLEGE

February 5, 2013 | Medgar Evers College

‘Our World With Black Enterprise’ Host Dr. Marc Lamont Hill to Deliver Remarks on 2013 as a Year of Significance in Black History

Medgar Evers College (MEC) President Dr. William L. Pollard today released the College’s 2013 Black History Month Calendar of Events in anticipation of this year’s theme, “Black Consciousness: Past, Present and Future.” This year, the College joins the nation in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the historic 1963 March on Washington, and in acknowledging the somber commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 church bombing in Alabama that killed four Black girls, and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the college’s namesake, Medgar Wiley Evers.

Events kick off on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 as President Pollard welcomes students, faculty and community residents to the College’s Opening Program for Black History Month with writer, professor and host of Our World with Black Enterprise Dr. Marc Lamont Hill who will deliver the keynote remarks to open this year’s program. Professor Hill will discuss the importance of these events from his perspective as a hip hop generation scholar/activist/writer. The event will take place in Founders Auditorium at 1650 Bedford Avenue from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing.

“As we celebrate Black History Month this year, it takes on a special meaning as we recognize and acknowledge the sacrifices of many who have given their lives literally and figuratively,” said President Pollard. “This year is an especially poignant one for the Medgar Evers College family as we commemorate Medgar Wiley Evers’ untimely death at the hands of an assassin, and we are privileged to be a part of the legacy he left behind. We look forward to sharing activities that will engage participants and the college community, highlight important partners like Dr. Lamont Hill, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office,

Dr. Ron Daniels, and Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson just to name a few. Our faculty and staff look forward to sharing the many activities that will engage participants, the college community, and our community stakeholders at large.”

“Each year Medgar Evers College produces an outstanding Black History Month program, and this year is no exception,” said Black History Month Committee Chair Dean Richard Jones. “As in past years, we have a full program with something for everyone – from historical commemorations and anniversaries to the state of Black media, art shows, and issues focusing on social and economical impacts within our community, this month gives us an opportunity to focus on the challenges we face. We look forward to seeing participation from all of our stakeholders.”

In partnership with the Office of the Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, Medgar Evers College’s Partnership for Racial Justice will present a two-day symposium on Thursday, February 14 at 1150 Carroll St. Gymnasium from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, February 15 from, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn. Speakers include Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, former New York State Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye; and New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. MEC School of Business Dean Dr. Byron Price, author of the forthcoming “A Lesson Plan for Failure: Educational Malpractice and the School-to-Prison Pipeline Connection” is among the featured panelists.

The goal of this year’s program was to create an historical, educational, and cultural Black History Program that would bring significant events to life for students, faculty, staff, and the community in a meaningful way and lay the foundation for a year long recognition of struggles and successes of Blacks throughout the world. Events include panel and book discussions, student presentations, black history gifts for students, refreshments at each event and opportunities for students to speak with legendary participants. A list of some of the activities follow; a comprehensive list can be found at www.mec.cuny.edu.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Mary Pinkett Lecture Hall, S122, 1637 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn

Voting Rights and Voter Suppression in the Age of Obama: Current Challenges, Historical Perspectives: A Symposium

Co-sponsored by the Medgar Evers College Public Administration Department, Center for Law and Social Justice, the Dubois Bunche Center, the MECSPA Student Organization, and the MEC School of Business, this panel discussion will focus on the struggle to enact the voting franchise for Black Americans, the 20th and 21st century voting rights struggles; voter suppression tactics in the 2012 re-election of President Barack Obama; the role and impact of redistricting; and recommendations to eliminate the historically persistent damage of voter suppression to American democracy.

Distinguished panelists include Civil Rights Attorney and St. Johns University Law School Professor of Law Dr. Janai Nelson, MEC Center for Law and Social Justice Executive Director Esmeralda Simmons Esq.; MEC DuBois Bunche Center Professor Roger Green, and MECSPA President Camille McIntosh. This panel will be moderated by Department of Public Administration Chairperson Dr. John Flateau.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

11:30am – 12:45pm; Edison O. Jackson Auditorium: 1638 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn

The Racial Past is Racial Present: Django Unchained and Lincoln

The School of Liberal Arts and Education will host a symposium entitled The Racial Past is Racial Present: Django Unchained and Lincoln, A Critical Analysis by Medgar Evers College Faculty/Scholars. Faculty scholars will present their observations on these two nationally distributed films and address the critical issues of race, identify formation and gender raised in these films and the implications of these issues in light of the 150-year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Wiley Evers.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm; Edison O. Jackson Auditorium: 1638 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn.

The Seeds of Our Legacy: Medgar, Martin & Malcolm

Sponsored by the Medgar Evers College Center for Male Development & Empowerment, and moderated by Peter Holoman, featured panelists include journalist and activist Herb Boyd, activist Lumumba Bandele, and the Reverend Conrad Tillard. The panel and teach-in will examine the resistance, activism and social change of Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, three martyred African American freedom fighters whose contributions still impact us today.

Panelists will offer reflections about how Black males view themselves in the context of the organizing activities of Medgar Evers, the dream of Martin Luther King and the self-determination of Malcolm X versus their own everyday realities and the roles they can play in making a difference in their own lives and their communities. Following the discussion, there will be a book signing of By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X, Real Not Reinvented edited by Herb Boyd, Dr. Ron Daniels and Maulena Karenga.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

6:30 p.m.; Edison O. Jackson Auditorium: 1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn

Pamela Newkirk, author and journalist

The Center for Black Literature will host the Voices from the Diaspora Literary Salon featuring MEC Professor Pamela Newkirk, author of Letters from Black America, novelist and journalist Christopher John Farley and poet Khalil Almustafa, celebrating the publication of the Killens Review of Arts and Letters . This event will serve as a kick-off for the Center for Black Literature’s 10th Anniversary, and will also feature dramatic readings by Medgar Evers College students.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

6:30 pm; Edison O. Jackson Auditorium

150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation: The Legacy of Black Civil War Soldiers featuring NY1’s Cheryl Willis

Award-winning NY1 Weekend Evening Anchor, journalist, and author of Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale will present The 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation: The Legacy of Black Civil War Soldiers. The discussion will focus on the disparities between the treatment of black and white soldiers during the Civil War. A book signing will follow.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

1:00pm – 2:15pm; Mary Pinkett Lecture Hall Room S-122, 1637 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn
Living Black History Month At Medgar Evers College: An Ongoing Conversation About Civic Engagement

The MEC Career Management Services Center will participate in Black History Month activities through its Black Executive Exchange Program. Visiting lecturers, known as BEEPERS provided by the National Urban League, will act as the panel for an interactive discussion about civic engagement, which will be hosted by Career Services Marketing Manager Judy Morgan. A meet and greet reception will immediately follow.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

6pm – 8:30pm; Edison O. Jackson Auditorium: 1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn

Reflections on Black Consciousness and the Black Radical Tradition

Columbia University professor and author of Panther Baby Dr. Jamal Joseph will explore his insights on the role of the Black Radical Tradition’s impact on shaping the contours of black consciousness in America, the theme of the Black History Program at the College. He will share his interpretations of how this tradition affected the activism and self-identity of African Americans. A book signing will follow.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

6:30 pm; Edison O. Jackson Auditorium: 1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn

Blackout: The Absence of Blacks in Media and Black Ownership

Sponsored by the MEC Student Government and Adafi in collaboration with the Association for Computing Machinery, Enactus, Student Life & Development, and Radio Nation this panel discussion will examine the scarcity of black ownership in television, radio, and print which has diminished our voices and created representations that perpetuate negative portrayals of people of color. This panel will be comprised of communications and media experts. In addition to the highlighted events above, additional activities and programs will take place throughout including lectures, performances, film screenings and discussions. All events are free and open to the public. A complete listing of events is available at www.mec.cuny.edu.

About Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College, a senior college within The City University of New York, was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, MEC seeks to provide a high quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.

Contact: Dawn S. Walker, dwalker@mec.cuny.edu

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