QC Rosenthal Library's Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower / Click to Enlarge

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February 2009 - Black History Month

QC Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower Plaque in Rosenthal Library / Click to Enlarge

 


This web site was initiated in January 2005 by the Black History Month Committee of Queens College.  See also our archived February 2005, February 2006, and February 2007 and February 2008 pages which include a variety of related resources.  Click on each image above and below for a larger version.



The College's Black History Month Committee is pleased to present the following events this year as food for reflection and thought.  The programs that we design each year for Black History Month are specifically * not * designed "For Black Students Only." They are designed for all members of the College community. We hope these programs and events will help foster within the campus community a better understanding of people and events of the time, of each other, and of how it all relates to our lives today.

February is officially designated as Black History Month. There are a variety of officially proclaimed months, weeks, days where we have added opportunities to learn about the history, culture, holidays, traditions and contributions of groups other than whatever our own might be.  Many of these overlap.  Programs, courses and exhibits abound here at Queens College and in the Borough of Queens that highlight and celebrate the differences as well as the similarities. We encourage you to seek out and take advantage of formal opportunities throughout the year, and also to create your own informal opportunities to learn more.  We hope you will incorporate what you learn in order to think about the history of all of us, as well as options for our present and future, from a broader perspective.

Watching the Inauguration in the Agora

Our nation has just reached an exciting and promising milestone - the election on November 4, 2008 of Barack Obama as President of the United States.  It is such an important watershed event that many of us came to The Agora in the Student Union to reflect and experience together a symbolic, historic moment - the inauguration of President Barak Obama on January 20, 2009.  A packed house took advantage of the LIVE feed from 10:30 am - 5 pm on the large plasma screen there – it was also shown on the large plasma screens already in various other locations around campus. 

Through our Black History Month 2009 events, we hope to explore together


We have included in the schedule below not only events planned by our Black History Month Committee.  We have also included related campus and local events announced and planned for around the same time.

The images at the top of this page are of our Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library's Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower (photo by S. Lefkoe), and of the Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower dedication plaque (photo by J. Castellan). Photo of watching the inauguration in the Agora also by S.Lefkoe.  Click on each for larger images. More information about this may be found in our February 2005 archived pages. The plaque is in the Rosenthal Library entry foyer, near the Books and Bytes Cafe. The text on the clock tower dedication plaque is as follows:

THEY DIED FOR OUR FREEDOM
IN THE SUMMER OF 1964, QUEENS COLLEGE STUDENT ANDREW GOODMAN
JOINED THE MISSISSIPPI FREEDOM SUMMER PROJECT.  HE WAS ASSIGNED TO WORK ON
VOTER REGISTRATION WITH JAMES EARL CHANEY AND MICHAEL SCHWERNER.
RETURNING FROM A VISIT TO A RURAL CHURCH, THEY WERE KIDNAPPED AND MURDERED.
THEIR DEATHS INSPIRED COUNTLESS OTHERS TO CONTINUE THE STRUGGLE
FOR EQUALITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL AMERICANS.

Dedicated on May 10, 1989

 


Schedule of Events - February 2009

Daily Schedule (Tentative)


 

ONGOING

 


Monday February 2


Political Forerunners to Obama: "Fundi, The Ella Baker Story" - (film)

Mark Levy and Professor Bayne-Smith, Urban Studies
Location: The DOME
Time: 12 noon -- 2 pm

CLIQ Event


Wednesday February 4

 

Forebears & Progressivism - (lecture)
Professor Julmisse; Africana Studies
Location: Rosenthal Library - President's Conference Room #2
Time: 12 noon -- 2 pm
CLIQ Event


Monday February 9

 

Political Forerunners to Obama: "Chisolm '72, Unbought & Unbossed"  - (film)
Moderated by Professor Nadasen, History Department
The DOME

Time: 12 noon -- 2 pm
CLIQ Event


 Wednesday February 11

 

We Rocked the Boat; Youth & The Obama Victory
Student Panel
Location: Student Union - BALLROOM EAST
Time: 12 noon -- 2 pm

CLIQ Event


Thursday February 12

 

Related Program

Queens College Orchestra and Ruby Dee at Riverside Church  

Details at http://www.qc.cuny.edu/nis/Releases/viewNews.php?id=351


Saturday February 14

 

Related Program

Poetry Slam

Lewis H. Latimer House Museum - Flushing

About the Lewis Latimer and the Lewis Latimer House Museum – see http://www.historichousetrust.org/item.php?i_id=39

 


Tuesday February 17

 

Does Barack Obama's Election Mean We Live in a Post-Racial America?
Screening of "The Black Agenda and 2008 Election" & discussion

Dr. Lassana Harris; Social Psychologist, NYU

Location: The DOME
Time: 6:30 pm  -- 8:30 pm

CLIQ Event



Wednesday February 18

 

Exactly Which Americans Elected Obama?
Joel Benenson; Lead Pollster and Strategist for Barack Obama Campaign
Location: Rosenthal Library - President's Conference Room #2

Time: 12 noon -- 2 pm
CLIQ Event

Related Event
Women’s Studies Colloquium: Heading North: Jewish Teenager in the Harlem Civil Rights Movement

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz (Comparative Literature)
President’s Conference Room 1, Rosenthal Library
Time: 12:15-2 pm
CLIQ Event


Monday February 23

A Campaign Like No Other!
Sarah Haile Mariam and Maria Kirby
Location: President's Conference Room #2
Time: 12 noon -- 2 pm

CLIQ Event

Identities at War No More: Black And American?
Dr. Stephen Steinberg; Urban Studies and Dr. Andrew Hacker; Political Science
Location: Dining Hall - PATIO ROOM
Time: 6:30 pm  -- 8:30 pm

CLIQ Event


Wednesday, February 25

 

Related Event
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jewish People / Rabbi Samuel and Ruth Geffen Memorial Lecture

QC Campus Mininstries, Hillel, Alpha Epsilon Pi
Program Announcement

Location: SU 206
Time: 12:15 pm -1:30 pm


Monday March 16, 2009

 

Related Event --- included even though it is after the end of Black History Month

Women, Queens College and the Civil Rights Movement 

The Virginia Frese Palmer Annual Women’s Studies Conference / Women's History Month  March 2009

see http://qcpages.qc.edu/ws/events.html

 


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