Rutgers Observes Black History Month 2016

Rutgers Observes Black History Month 2016

Students, faculty and staff will celebrate with a wide range of cultural and educational activities, including screenings, performances and lectures

Rutgers will celebrate Black History Month 2016 with a wide range of cultural and educational activities, including:

Monday, February 1, 12:10 p.m. Students will participate in a silent march in protest of anti-black racism and violence, to the steps of the Paul Robeson Library, Camden.

Monday, February 1, 7 p.m. Author Lawrence Ross will discuss the history of campus racism, how it can be prevented and what students should do about it in a lecture, Blackballed: Black and White Politics of Race at America's Campuses. College Avenue Student Center, New Brunswick.

Friday, February 5, 5:30 p.m. The Paul Robeson Cultural Center presents a screening and discussion of Dear White People as part of its Sankofa Film Series, a monthly film screening/discussion that highlights diverse black experiences, identities and histories on the big screen. Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Piscataway.

Saturday, February 6, 10 a.m. TWESE, Rutgers’ Organization for African Students and Friends of Africa, hosts its first annual leadership conference. Registration is required. Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Piscataway.

Saturday, February 6, 7 p.m. “Heroes are Gang Leaders” will honor Amiri Baraka and feature the matrimony of Black literary art and music. Bradley Hall Theatre, Newark.           

Monday, February 8, 2:30 p.m. The “Picturing Justice” workshop on photography for political change will feature photographer and “We Say Fight Back!” exhibiting artist Julieta Salgado, field organizer Denise Lupita Romero, and Women’s and Gender Studies post-doctoral fellow Jijian Voronka. Paul Robeson Gallery, Newark.

Monday, February 8, 3 p.m. The Paul Robeson Cultural Center and Rutgers Health, Outreach, Promotion and Education will offer free rapid HIV/AIDS testing in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Piscataway.

Monday, February 8, 4 p.m. The Collaboratory welcomes Daniel Beaty for a performance of Emergency, a one-man tour de force featuring slam poetry, multi-character transformation, and song. A talkback and reception will follow the performance. Paul Robeson Campus Center, Newark.

Wednesday, February 10, 5 p.m. The Academic Foundations Center presents a performance of Platanos, Collard Greens, Y Callaloo. Non-perishable food donations will be collected for Isaiah’s House, a nonprofit organization committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness in East Orange, N.J. Paul Robeson Campus Center, Newark.

Monday, February 15, 7 p.m. Douglass Residential College’s dean's colloquium features Rutgers professor Brittney Cooper for a discussion of race and digital feminism. Douglass Campus Center, New Brunswick.

Tuesday, February 16, 6 p.m. The Africana Studies program will host a screening and discussion of Black Gold, Nick and Mark Francis’s award-winning documentary about the human and material costs of producing and distributing Ethiopian coffee within the global economy.  Paul Robeson Library, Camden.

Thursday, February 18, 7:30 p.m. Mahdi Ibn-Ziyad, a part-time lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religion who specializes in African thought and religious and social philosophy, will lead a discussion on the meaning and feasibility of reparations for African American suffering and disfranchisement. Campus Center, Camden.

Friday, February 19, 10 a.m. The Unity Community Center of South Jersey will present “Love Jam: Let Our Voices Be Heard,” a journey through African American music from its African roots to the present day. There will be additional performances at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Walter K. Gordon Theater, Camden.

Friday, February 19, 5:30 p.m. The Paul Robeson Cultural Center will screen Black and Cuba, an award-winning documentary following street-smart Ivy League students through Cuba, where the population is 60 percent black. Paul Robeson Cultural Center, New Brunswick.

Saturday, February 20, 9:30 a.m. Issues of policing and incarceration will be in sharp focus during the 36th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series. The discussions will address the historical developments that have brought us to events in Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago and other American cities. Paul Robeson Campus Center, Newark.

Sunday, February 21, 7 p.m. Rutgers professor William Davis will lead a discussion on Malcolm X to compare the activism of the 1960s to present day. Leupp Hall, New Brunswick.

Tuesday, February 23, 12:20 p.m. Darnell Moore, a senior editor at MicNews, Huffington Post contributor, and Black Lives Matter pioneer, returns to his native Camden to deliver the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Black History Month Lecture. Moore, a 1994 graduate of Camden High School, will reflect on inequality, intersectionality and his career trajectory. Campus Center, Camden. 

Saturday, February 27, 9 a.m. The Rutgers African-American Alumni Organization presents its third annual Black Rutgers International Arts and Literature Festival. Busch Campus Center, Piscataway.