We begin February Black History Month events on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, with a couple of fun-filled events. This year's theme is Black Love from the Inside Out.
First up on February 8, 2017 is the Kick-off and Bake Sale in Adams Plaza from 12:15 pm until 1:00 pm. Join the Black Students Collective BSC for games, music, and prizes!
That evening starting at 5:00 pm in Founders Dining Hall, join BSC for the Black Love From the Inside Out Student Dinner featuring the Jikelele South African Dance Theater that was co-founded in 2012 in Oakland by Thamsanqa Hlatywayo and Andrea Vonny Lee. The company performs traditional dance and Township Theater developed during the apartheid era in the Bay Area. The company was created to teach, inspire, and create artistic works to revive Township Theater and other African-derived cultural traditions that are rarely experienced or in danger of being lost entirely.
Look for the exhibit: What does Education Equity look like? in the F.W. Olin Library throughout the month.
Also running throughout the month is the exhibit LEAD featuring black women leaders from across sectors and the diaspora. This informational exhibit put together by Sela Kerr uses images and text to highlight the contributions of women leaders and will be posted in various locations around campus.
February 15, 2017, at 5:30 pm in the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business Gathering Hall, we're supporting the School of Education's event with Monique Morris who will discuss her book Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, a topic we tackled in our 2016 events and that deserves more space and dialog.
On February 16, 2017, at 6:00 pm in the Jane B. Aron Art Center, Room 120 in the Danforth Lecture Hall, we'll host an interactive discussion with local activists and leaders who share their thoughts on Political Strategy in a Post-Obama Age. Panelists include Saleem Shakir, Hodari Davis, Peggy Moore, and Chaney Turner.
On Wednesday, February 22, join us for Black History Trivia Night at Au Lounge, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with Shay T. After the games, grab a cocktail and stick around for soul house music! Co-sponsored by Black Women Organizing for Political Action (BWOPA).
On February 26, 2017, we start to close out the month with The Jazz Brunch and Black Faculty/Staff Appreciation. Get tickets for "Jazz Brunch" featuring Maestro Curtis and his band, a local musical treasure, and the 11th Annual Art of Living Black at Mills College (11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Student Union).
POSTPONED New date and location TBA: A panel discussion on Social Media and Movement Building led by Mills graduate student Brea Watts will conclude our programming for Black History month.
On Friday, March 3rd, there will be a community screening of the award-winning film, Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins followed by a panel discussion with artists, students, educators and artivists working in the intersections of identity and power. In conjunction with the Omi Gallery's current art exhibition "And It Don't Stop" featuring paintings by Oakland native Milton Bowens, this evening will explore vulnerability, masculinity, courage, desire and Blackness.
We will be updating the Black History Month page on the Mills website so you can see our full list of exciting BHM365 events for the semester.
Black Female Voices on Stage is a dynamic performance featuring two one-woman shows written, directed, and performed by African American women.
The Bathroom Graffiti Queen and Too Much Woman for This World will bring you to a greater understanding of the struggles and triumphs of black women. An interactive artist talk follows the performance on March 24, 2017, in Lisser Hall from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Pricing and tickets available at http://blackvoicesonstage.bpt.me starting on March 14, 2017.
Please consider giving students credit for attending BHM365 lectures and panel discussions.
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