February marks the celebration of Black History Month, and university faculty, staff, students, and members of the Hamline community have numerous opportunities to gather and honor influential black Americans, past and present. Two organizations, PRIDE Black Student Alliance (BSA)
and the Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs
, invite the public to participate in this month of commemoration which they have themed, Talking Black, Acting Black, Being Black: Expanding the Boundaries of Blackness.
“Black History Month is a time of true celebration of African American heritage,” Keyonis Johnson, president of PRIDE Black Student Alliance, said. “The celebration is critical as a means to inspire generations to come to continue the legacy. PRIDE BSA's celebration of Black History Month offers the Hamline community an opportunity to become aware of and enjoy the richness and complexity of black culture.”
Events are open to the public and include conversions about black transgender identity, a remembrance of important historical figures such as Nelson Mandela, Nina Simone, and Emmett Till, cultural performances, and much more. More information about each event can be found below.Black History Month Open HouseThursday, February 6, 2014 at 4 p.m.
111 Anderson Center
Join PRIDE Black Student Alliance for this kick-off event and reflect on the tradition, relevance, and importance of recognizing the past, present, and future. In addition to an overview of the Black History Month events, there will be games, food, trivia, and fellowship as well as tributes to Nelson Mandela and Nina Simone.Talking Gender, Being Gendered: What Can Be Learned from the Transgender CommunityTuesday, February 11 at 7 p.m.
111 Anderson Center
Participate in a candid conversation on black transgender identity. This panel aims to create a dialogue about how race and gender inform and shape one another. Panelists include Andrea Jenkins, CeCe McDonald, Jayden Miles, and Jay Masika.Black History Keynote Address
TBA – check back for updated information“The Ballad of Emmett Till” at Penumbra TheatreSunday, February 16
Transportation departs 1:15 p.m. for the 2 p.m. performance
Penumbra Theatre, 270 N Kent St, St. Paul, MN 55102
Join PRIDE BSA for an afternoon of theatre remembering the life, death, and legacy of Emmett Till. His brutal death sparked one of the most important social justice movements in the world, but Emmett Till remains a stranger to most Americans. The Ballad of Emmett Till
introduces the audience to the boy and celebrates his life through the eyes of those who loved him and knew him best. Limited tickets available. Contact the Hedgeman Center to reserve your ticket. Transportation provided.Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy Documentary and DiscussionTuesday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m.
111 Anderson Center
The documentary Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy
is both an insiders’ take and a critical examination of the cultural influence of black comedy. Why We Laugh
tracks the evolution of black comedy and includes interviews with prominent scholars, politicians, cultural critics, and a host of notable comics such as: Dave Chappelle, Katt Williams, Chris Rock, Steve Harvey, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Robin Harris, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, Redd Foxx, Dr. Cornell West, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Kweisi Mfume, and more. Black Jeopardy XVIWednesday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m.
112 Anderson Center
Faculty, staff, and students participate in a lively, competitive test of their knowledge of black history and culture. Have fun, test your knowledge, and cheer for you favorite team. Prizes for all, including audience members.
A Tribute to Black Cultural Icons
Friday, February 28 at 7 p.m.
Sundin Music Hall
Experience a night of musical, poetic, and theatrical performances honoring performers, artists, leaders, and activists including Angela Davis, Muhammed Ali, Luther Vandross, Queen Latifah, Audre Lorde, James Brown, and others. Performers include Hamline students and local Twin Cities’ artists. Free and open to the public.