Theme: “My Black Is…”
Black History Month Photo Display
The Believers Documentary Screening and Discussion
Co-sponsored by Spiritual and Religious Life and the Diversity and Social Justice Resource Center.
Black History Month Kick Off
Black Wom[b]anhood: Herstory in the Making
Expressions of Faith: Our Sources of Strength–with the Transcendence Gospel Choir
Special guests include:
The Transcendence Gospel Choir (TGC) is a music ministry for the transgender community and performs gospel music in worship services, at pride events, and as outreach to the community itself. Recognizing that religion is one of the main weapons used to justify and perpetuate misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and intolerance of diversity, the choir's mission is to challenge those ideas from WITHIN a place of faith. Because transgendered people throughout history have played significant roles in spiritual worship, TGC strives to empower that community and reclaim that calling. The TGC is an affiliated program of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ . For a glimpse of their sound, click here.
Voices of Faith is a ministry of Imani Community Church in Oakland whose purpose is to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ, to praise, glorify and magnify His name through the ministry of music.
For more information or accessibility concerns, please contact Spiritual and Religious Life at SRL@mills.edu or 430.3123.
Please Don't Touch My Hair
Early arrival suggested. You don't want to miss out on this event!
Black History Month Dinner with Drum Performances by African Showboyz (5:30 and 6:15)
The delicious menu includes:
African Showboyz, Napoleon, Joseph, Moses, Isaac and JJ Sabbah are all brothers, and were born and raised in Binaba, a small village in the north east region of Ghana, West Africa. In Binaba, it is traditional for the men to marry multiple wives. The Showboyz are born from the same mother and the same father, though collectively there are 54 children from their father's descent.
Napoleon, the elder of the brothers, received a vision from his grandfather named Apabum Abugri during a juju practice at a very young age. He was to embark on a world journey in effort to bring recognition to the suffering of the African people and feed his ever-growing family. Napo engaged Joseph, next of kin; his “backbone’’ and they made instruments from thigh bones and hides of village kills that had been given to the chief’s palace. Isaac was taught village dances to accompany Napoleon’s kone and Joseph’s siyak, and in 1983 the three Sabbah children set out on two bicycles to play for neighboring villages. In 1987, Isaac learned the bind douk and JJ and Moses were added, playing the bin bill and tonton sanson, and the African Showboyz emerged as Africa’s conscious musicians. They began touring neighboring countries and performed before enthusiastic audiences in Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroun, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Fasso, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Libya, and Cote d’ Ivoire, while collaborating with Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Alpha Blondy, Freddie Meiwey, Ras Kimono and Steve Wonder. While touring in Africa, the brothers carried no documentation but simply performed for immigration officials at the borders and were permitted access.
Black History Month Dinner is sponsored by Bon Appetit. Free to students with meal plan and $10.50 for all others.
Black History Month Dance
Panel Discussion: Criminals or Victims of Crime? Exploring Community and Criminal Justice Based Solutions to Human Trafficking
Speakers include Tashina Manyak, MISSSEY. Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY) is an Oakland organization that advocates and facilitates the empowerment and inner transformation of sexually exploited youth by holistically addressing their specific needs. Professor Edith Kinney is a graduate of Berkeley Law and the UCB Jurisprudence and Social Policy program. She is a visiting assistant professor at Mills College where she teaches courses on criminal justice and corrections.
Light refreshments will be served.
This event is cosponsored by the Sociology Department and Social Sciences Division.
The Art of Living Black—Open Studios Art Fair
Featuring 15 Bay Area artists of African descent, including our very own Mills Professor Ajuan Mance’s acrylic paintings as well as artwork by Mills student, Desire Johnson! Exhibitors of art work also include Lorraine Bonner, Howard Mackey, Gwen Reed, Karen Oyekanmi, Atiba Thomas, and many others. These artists represent a wide range of visual media, including: found object sculpture and collage, painting, fired clay and ceramic sculpture, jewelry making, doll making, photography, and more.
For more information: http://blackartistsatmills.wordpress.com/
Self Guided Art Tour Weekend: Individual Studio Spaces in the cities of Berkeley, Emeryville, Martinez, Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, San Jose, San Leandro, San Mateo and Vallejo. For information on all venues, The Art of Living Black 2013 Art Tour Directories are available at The Richmond Art Center, 510.620.2772.
Black Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner (Invitation only)
The Black Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner honors and celebrates the trailblazing efforts and empowered spirits of the Black Faculty and Staff who enrich the Mills College Community. The dinner is an opportunity for the women of the Black Women’s Collective to meet Black faculty and staff and establish relationships that will enhance their Mills experience. The Faculty and Staff are treated with dinner, in addition to being honored with certificates. One faculty and one staff are given special recognition by the Black Women’s Collective for their contributions to the Mills College Campus. Come and enjoy an evening of new introductions, delicious food, great company and a willingness to expand your concept of what black is.
Film screening: Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years
Audre Lorde's incisive, often-angry, but always brilliant writings and speeches defined and inspired the American feminist, lesbian, African-American, and women of color movements of the 70s and 80s. Her contributions as an American social justice and literary icon have overshadowed an entire rich chapter in her life that has been called “The Berlin Years” (1984 to her death in 1992). Feminist publisher and university professor, Dagmar Schultz, arranged to both publish the German translations of Audre's works, and to organize an invitation from the Free University of Berlin for Lorde to come and teach there as a visiting professor in 1984.
The film explores the importance of Lorde's legacy, as she encouraged Afro-Germans—who at that time had no name or space for themselves—to make themselves visible within a culture that until then had kept them isolated and silent. It chronicles Lorde's empowerment of Afro-german women to write and to publish, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege. Audre not only catalyzed an entire social movement, but in the eyes of most Afro-Germans at the time, she inspired them to reach out to each other, dialogue together, share the pain of their experiences, and in so doing to claim their own empowerment as allies to each other and as equals within German society.
Fortunately, during much of this decade, Dagmar photographed, taped, and video-recorded Audre, without any plan whatsoever about what to do with this trove of material. Now, 20 years after Audre Lorde’s death, never-before-seen archival video and audio recordings reveal a significant part of the private Audre Lorde as well as her agenda—to awake the Afro-German movement.
There will be an introduction and post-screening discussion led by Cara Stanley. Dr. Stanley is the Director of the UC Berkeley Student Learning Center, where she directs the development of innovative curriculum and learning models specifically designed for students attending a research university. In addition, she is a lecturer in the African American Studies department where she creates dynamic courses that support students' transformation as learners, scholars and people. Cara currently teaches courses on African American Student Identity, Black Feminist Thought and The Life and Work of Audre Lorde.
Co-Sponsored by the NIA Collective, First Congregational Church of Oakland, the City of Refuge United Church of Christ, and the Queer Studies Program.
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