African and African American cultural heritage are the focus of eight events planned for this month at MHC. The student organization APAU—the Association of Pan-African Unity—organized the varied, monthlong celebration for the campus community.
All events are open to the public unless otherwise noted, according to organizer Natasha Lewis ’15.
Black History Month Schedule
- Through February 13: “Stories of Our Mothers,” photographs chosen by APAU members of women who have inspired them personally. Art Gallery, Blanchard Campus Center
- Thursday, February 6, 7 pm: Talk by Tiffany Dena Loftin, former president of the U.S. Student Association, on “Violence on Identities and Rights; Young Women of Color today in Movements for Justice.” Gamble Auditorium, Art Building
- Wednesday, February 12, 7:30 pm: “Women Uncensored: Sex, Love, and Loyalty.” A moderated panel of black men and women from the Five Colleges will discuss sex, love, and loyalty in the black community in higher education. Great Room, Blanchard Campus Center
- Wednesday, February 19, 7 pm: “Black Boy Gold: Black Men in America.” This discussion, facilitated by MHC Associate Professor of African American Studies and Economics Lucas Wilson, will challenge stereotypes and lead participants away from a surface-level understanding of the black man’s experience in America as portrayed in the media. Betty Shabazz House
- Saturday, February 22, noon–2pm: Black Mothers Appreciation Lunch. The event will include “praise dance, poetry, songs, and a delicious lunch served by members of APAU,” according to Lewis. “We wanted to honor and thank the black women who nurtured, protected, and raised black women like us. Betty Shabazz House (This event is not open to the public.)
- Thursday, February 20, 6 pm: “Hip-Hop and Health” workout class. Dance Studios, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex (This event is not open to the public.)
- Thursday, February 27, 5 pm: Lecture, "Bad All by Myself: Consuming Black Women in Popular Culture" by Williams College Assistant Professor of Africana Studies LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant. She will use Tyler Perry’s 2009 film I Can Do Bad All by Myself as a starting point for thinking about representations of black working-class women and will engage broader, policy-related questions. L2 Cleveland Hall
- Friday, February 28, 7:30 pm: “Shamelessly Black,” APAU’s first cultural show will be a journey through the culture and experience of being black in America. It will feature skits, songs, poetry, and a “jivin’ live band.” Great Room, Blanchard Campus Center
Black History Month events were planned by the Africana studies program and APAU representatives Marisha Banks, Kimberly Grenade, and Jaenelle Lauture.