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

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February 2010 - 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, February 2008, and February 2009 pages which include a variety of related resources.  Click on each image above and below for a larger version.


See the College's press release and the flyer for Black History Month 2010.


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.

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

 


Celebrating the Voices of the Past, Present & the Future

Schedule of Events - February 2010

Daily Schedule (Tentative)


Sponsored by: the Student Affairs - Multicultural Committee, The Africana Studies Program, The Kupferberg Center, The Caribbean Students Association, The Haitian Students Association, Society of African Students, The Political Science club, Model UN.


 

ONGOING

 


Wednesday February 3


Wed. Feb 3 – Documentary: The Civil Rights Movement; Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Eyes on the Prize: The Awakenings 1954-1956” documentary followed by Alum, Mr. Yudraj Tiwari, class of ‘09 to speak

            Location: Campbell Dome

            Time: Free Hour



Monday February 8

 

Mon. Feb 8 – A Talking Quilt (Part I)

            Facilitated by Prof. Marjorie V. Blenman-Roane of the Africana Studies Program

            Location: Q-Side Lounge

            Time: Free Hour



Wednesday February 10

 
Wed. Feb 10 – A Talking Quilt (Part II)

            Facilitated by Prof. Marjorie V. Blenman-Roane of the Africana Studies Program  

            Location: Q-Side Lounge

            Time: Free Hour


A Two-day program devised to place together pieces of fabric representing individual members of the Queens College community. The objective is to show the woven pieces as a vehicle to maintain the traditions among second and third generations as well as use commonalities in traditions to foster tolerance and respect.


 Wednesday February 17

Wed. Feb 17 – The History of Stepping

            Facilitated by Ron Huggins

            Lecture by Adam Barnes, Director of Stepping School, LLC

            Exhibition by a few Fraternities, Sororities and other clubs

            Location: Patio Room

            Time: Free Hour

 

Enlightenment on the meaning behind stepping, its origins as it relates to Africa. A Brief performance by Fraternities/ Sororities as well as other clubs.


Monday February 22

 

Mon. Feb 22 – Haiti: The Unknown

            Facilitated by Prof. Evelyn Julmisse, Acting Director, Africana Studies Program  

            Location: Campbell Dome

            Time: Free Hour

The unknown story of Haiti with the enlightenment of its influences throughout the world.


 Wednesday February 24


 
Wed. Feb 24 – Panel Discussion with survivors of Haiti Earthquake from QC

            Facilitated by Prof. Francois Pierre-Louis of the Political Science Department & Students

            Location: Q-Side Lounge

            Time: Free Hour


A Panel discussion with members of the Queens College community, who has been either directly or indirectly impacted by the devastations of Earthquake Haiti.



Thursday February 25

 

Thurs. Feb 25 – The Ghetto Chronicles

            Musical Play produced by Duane Whitley

            Location: Lefrak Hall

            Time: 6pm-8pm

A soulful, musical journey of the trials and tribulations of living in the ghetto of the mind. The Ghetto Chronicles consists of multi-talented actors who will sing, rap and dance their ways into the audiences’ heart. It chronicles a different thought provoking situation that people today deal with on daily basis and offers positive solutions. Special note of Queens College alum, Britton Saffer, class of ‘07 is a cast member of the play.



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