Celebrating black culture and arts

Writer and activist Luvvie Ajayi and Mount Holyoke’s Kimberly Juanita Brown will each be speaking on Feb. 22.

By Robin Ferri 

Among the many events celebrating Black History Month at Mount Holyoke College are two significant speakers on Thursday, Feb. 22. 

Luvvie Ajayi, the keynote speaker of the month-long celebration, is an award-winning writer, culture critic and activist. Her many accomplishments include co-founding The Red Pump Project, a non-profit organization that empowers women and girls of color about HIV/AIDS. 

Ajayi’s talk is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Gamble Auditorium and her best-selling book, “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual,” will be for sale by the Odyssey Bookshop. 

Earlier that afternoon, Kimberly Juanita Brown, who teaches English and Africana studies at the College, will deliver a gallery talk about “Piece Together: The Quilts of Mary Lee Bendolph,” currently on display at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Brown will expand on her essay from the exhibition catalog in which she explores parallels between Bendolph’s quilts and the writings of Toni Morrison. 

Both events are free and open to the public. 

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