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Black History Month Calendar of Events 2019

Our Voices, Our Music, Our Art: A Tapestry of Culture

Black History Month Calendar of Events 2019

Kevin Powell - Lecture and Book Signing

DATE: Friday,  February 1
TIME: 4:30pm
LOCATION: Intercultural Center/Sproul House Dome Room
DESCRIPTION: "Hip-hop:  the Music, the Culture, the History"  
An interactive conversation with Kevin Powell.  Kevin Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and Hip-Hop voices in America today.

Critical Conversation:  An Interactive Symposium on W.E.B. DuBois and 21st Century Color Lines

DATE: Saturday, February 2
TIME: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
LOCATION: Lang Performing Arts and Kohlberg
DESCRIPTION:  William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois was born in 1868 and became the nation’s leading social scientist on race, social inequality, African-American life and culture, and the ideology of white supremacy. He famously predicted that “the problem of the twentieth century [would be] the problem of the color line”—a prescient observation that rings truer than ever today, on the 150th anniversary of Du Bois’s birth.
BCC Monday Black Film Series
DATE: Monday, February 11
TIME: 4 pm
Basquiat is a 1996 American biographical drama film directed by Julian Schnabel based on the life of American postmodernist/neo expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat, born in Brooklyn, used his graffiti roots as a foundation to create collage-style paintings on canvas.
Let's Talk about Sex:  Black Sexuality
DATE: Wednesday, February 13
TIME: 5 pm 
LOCATION: Black Cultural Center Gallery
DECRIPTION:  Let’s dive into a discussion about the sexualization and objectification of our black and brown bodies within the media and our own community. This is a space for you to be unabashedly you as we talk about sexuality within the black community.


Public Lecture on Winnie Mandela with Professor Shireen Hassim - Research Chair in Gender and African Politics, Carleton University

DATE: Thursday, February 14

TIME: 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
LOCATION: McCabe Library Atrium
DESCRIPTION: Winnie Madikizela Mandela, Violence and Radicalism in South Africa


Am I Black Enough? - Panel Discussion
DATE: Friday, February 15
TIME: 6:30 pm
LOCATION: Sproul Dome Room 
DESCRIPTION: There are over 40 million ways to be black yet this question always lingers in our community. Let’s explore what it means to be black to you and how we can actively work to make sure NO black person has to ever ask that question again.


Aretha Franklin Tribute
DATE:  Friday, February 22
TIME: Door open at 6:30 PM  Show starts at 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Lang Music Hall
DESCRIPTION: Richelle Clairborne and Band will perform  songs from Aretha Franklin’s legendary repertoire. This tribute will celebrate Aretha Franklin’s numerous accomplishments as an entertainment icon, singer, songwriter, pianist, actress, and civil rights activist.   For more than six decades, her extraordinary artistic achievements coupled with her passionate dedication to her philanthropic work—which ranged from children’s and artists’ issues to civil rights activism—served as a testament to her power, majesty, and genius. These gifts positioned her as a true cultural icon, and Swarthmore College is honored to celebrate her inspirational legacy.

BCC Monday Black Film Series


DATE: Friday, February 25
TIME: 4 pm
DESCRIPTION: Dreamgirls is a 2006 American romantic musical. The story follows the history and evolution of American R&B music during the 1960s and 1970s through the eyes of a Detroit, Michigan girl group known as the Dreams and their manipulative record executive.
Swarthmore College Film and Media Studies and Black Studies - New Black Film Aesthetics
A new generation of black artists is making their mark on media culture, in experimental and documentary film as much as cutting-edge television and Marvel movies. Launched in the fall with a visit from Terence Nance (Random Acts of Blackness), this series brings to campus the independent and emerging filmmakers, curators, and scholars driving these exciting developments.
All of these events are in Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema, Swarthmore College at 7pm
DATE:  Friday, February 15
TIME: 7 pm

RaMell Ross, Hale County This Morning, This Evening

This lyrical portrait of a place and its people follows two young African American men from rural Hale Country, Alabama, over the course of five years, patiently observing the interstices of everyday lives. Winner of the 2018 Gotham Award for Best Documentary.
DATE:  Thursday, February 28
TIME: 7 pm
Maori Karmael Holmes, The Best of BlackStar

Founder and Artistic Director of Philadelphia's Black Star Film Festival, presents a selection of films from the 2018 edition of this annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora.