Black History Month, sometimes referred to as African American History Month is dedicated to celebrating achievements and recognizing the central role African Americans have played in the history of the United States.
February was chosen primarily because the second week of the month coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Lincoln was influential in the emancipation of slaves, and Douglass, a former slave, was a prominent leader in the abolitionist movement, which fought to end slavery.
Lincoln and Douglass were each born in the second week of February, so it was traditionally a time when African Americans would hold celebrations in honor of emancipation. Thus, Woodson created Negro History Week, which later developed into what we now celebrate as Black History Month, around the two birthdays as a way of "commemorating the black past." (Source NPR)
This year we will feature a series of programs and events in an effort to inform, celebrate, and, honor black history.
New York Times Best-selling author will be hosting a lecture and book signing event at 4 PM in the LoRusso Alumni & Visitor Center. The conversation will center around the impacts of racism and misogyny on our beliefs about food, health, wellness, and our body narratives.
This is a free event and is open to anyone.
This event will be co-hosted by the Africana Studies and English Department. and will feature faculty, staff, and student research, discussions, and a brief Q&A. There will be light refreshments available.
The event is scheduled from 11 AM until 2 PM in The Union Assembly Hall.
This event is sponsored by the Resident Life Office, this competition centered around Black History.
The event is scheduled during Bengal Pause and is located in Bulger 214.
This will be a virtual event from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM, this will be a discussion surrounding the American Institute for Conservation's program of review called Held in Trust, and plans for inclusion and diversification of the field are being developed. Graduate students, Faculty & Staff are encouraged to attend!
This will be a virtual event from 2 PM until 4 PM the event features a distinguished panel regarding social justice conservation movements.
The distinguished panelists include Jeanelle Austin, executive director and co-founder of the George Floyd Global Memorial and Lead Caretaker of the memorials at George Floyd Square; Valinda Carroll, BSC alumna, class of 1999, professional conservator of works of art on paper and historical documents, principal of Infinity Art Conservation; and Frederick Wallace, BSC alumnus, class of 1991, and Chief Conservator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art - Newfields, Indianapolis, Indiana.
The virtual panel discussion will cover conservation, collection management, organizational structure, administration, and funding of the George Floyd Global Memorial. The story of the GFGM will be the start of an ongoing dialogue on community-centered conservation.
We enthusiastically invite you to participate in this virtual conversation. If you would be interested, please let me know at your earliest convenience. Also, please consider who else might want to attend, so that we can extend an invitation to them.
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