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Black History Month 2012

Release date: February 01, 2012

Goucher College is celebrating Black History Month with a series of events, performances, and talks designed to honor African American achievement.

Film Screening of The Help

Wednesday, February 8, 6:30 p.m.

Kelley Lecture Hall

The Help is a story set in the 1960s about extraordinary Southern women who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project — one that breaks society's rules and puts them all at risk. Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies Dr. Nsenga Burton will lead a discussion following the film.


FMS Appreciation Reception

Friday, February 10, 2 p.m.

Heubeck Multipurpose Room

All members of the college community are welcome to join in a celebration of Goucher's FMS staff.


What Is Kente?

Monday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.

Pinkard Community Service Room, Athenaeum

Learn about the "Donning of the Kente Cloth," a ceremony that is held as part of Commencement festivities that gives students of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to honor their heritage, experiences, achievements, and those who have supported them on their journey to this milestone.


Open-Mic Night

Saturday, February 18, 9 p.m.

Gopher Hole

Meshelle, the "Indie Mom of Comedy," will host an open-mic night. Goucher community members are invited to perform. Interested performers should contact Nadiera Young at nadiera.young@mail.goucher.edu.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute

Monday, February 20, 5:30 p.m.

Hyman Forum, Athenaeum

The annual MLK Jr. Tribute is an opportunity for the Goucher community to reflect on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year's keynote speaker will be Gwendolyn Boyd, the president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the nation's largest black sorority, and a prominent advocate for women's equality and the recruitment of black Americans into science and engineering.


Film Screening of Love Jones

Wednesday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.

Kelley Lecture Hall

Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out the nature of their relationship, they hang out with their friends, talking about love and sex. Then Nina tests the strength of Darius's feelings and sets a chain of romantic complications into motion.


"A Glimpse of Africa"

Saturday, February 25, 7 p.m.

(Refreshments served 6-7 p.m.)

Hyman Forum, Athenaeum

Goucher's Programming Board and Umoja present this cultural exhibition and fundraising event featuring step, dance, spoken word, and other performances by local Baltimore artists. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit HABESHA - Baltimore, an environmentally conscious and African-centered organization that cultivates youth leadership through cultural education, sustainable agriculture, entrepreneurship, holistic health, and technology.

Open to the public, but tickets are required. The show and after party are free for Goucher students. Ticket prices are as follows for the public: $3 for the event, $5 for the event and after party, $8 for solely the party. For more information, contact Nadiera Young at 856-630-0170 or nadiera.young@mail.goucher.edu.


"Harlem Nights"

Sunday, February 26, 10 p.m.

Gopher Hole

"Harlem Nights" is a commemoration of the Harlem Renaissance and the people who helped build upon and uplift the many forms of the black experience. The night will include art, music, poetry, and writings from the era, performed by members of the Goucher community.  


African Musicologist J.H. Kwabena Nketia

Monday, February 27, 7:30 p.m.

Heubeck Multipurpose Room

At age 90, Professor J.H. Kwabena Nketia is a living treasure of knowledge and scholarship of the music and culture of Ghana. He is an emeritus professor of music at the University of Ghana, where he began teaching in 1952. He directs the International Centre for African Music and Dance.


"Congo Week"

Monday, February 27, to Friday, March 2

Various times and locations

The Peace Studies Department and Goucher's STAND chapter will host "Congo Week," a series of events about the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has claimed more than 5 million lives. The week will include panels on conflict minerals and sexual violence in DR Congo; a lecture by John Prendergast, co-founder of the anti-genocide Enough Project; films; and advocacy actions. Contact Christina Murphy at chmur002@mail.goucher.edu for more information.  


"Black Box"

Wednesday, February 29, 4:30 p.m.

Piano Room, Welsh Hall

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be black in America? Do you worry that your questions sound racist? Do you avoid certain topics with your black friends for fear of being offensive? This event will give participants a unique opportunity to become informed.