2013 Black History- Upcoming Events in The Village

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‘Health and Wellness in Black Communities’ Focus of City Tech’s Black History Month: — including an art exhibition, storytelling, lectures, readings and a panel discussion — to celebrate Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public and will take place at 300 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

February 1 – 28, 2013

Celebrated surgeon, Dr. Ben Carson

Library Showcase Exhibit: Celebrating Healers from the Africana World at the Ursula C. Schwerin Library, Atrium Building, 4th Floor, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Daily when College is open). A celebration of how people of African descent have contributed to the health and wellness of all communities over time. Photographs, books and brief biographies show how unknown as well as well-known figures like Dr. May Edward Chinn, Mary Eliza Mahoney, Ben Carson and Arthur Ashe have impacted health and wellness throughout the world. The Library Showcase Exhibit highlights the City Tech Department of African-American Studies’ collaboration with the Departments of Biological Sciences, Dental Hygiene, Health Services Administration, Human Services and Nursing.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 10am to 11:15 am: Healing Stories and Proverbs from the Africana World. Student Lounge – Ground Floor, Atrium Building. Storytelling and a lecture by African American Studies faculty member Annie Mundeke. She will emphasize how storytelling and proverbs from the Africana World have served as critical vehicles for healing and wellness for people of African descent.

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 12:45p-2p: City Tech Celebrates the 24rd Year of the National African American Read-In. Namm Hall, Room 119. Students, faculty and staff will share various forms of literature, including poems, essays, and excerpts from novels and plays. Students will also read from original works. Most of the readings will focus on love and healing in the Africana World. Thursday, February 21, 2013, 10a-2a: Challenges and Access: Health and Wellness in Black Communities Atrium Amphitheater. A historical overview of health and wellness in Africana communities followed by a discussion of some of the physical and psychological health challenges, and traditional and alternative health and wellness approaches in Black communities. Panelists will include City Tech faculty members Christine Thorpe (Human Services), Rosalyn Forbes (Nursing) and Gwen Cohen-Brown (Dental Hygiene). A question-and-answer period will follow. The panel discussion will take place at 11:30 a.m., with performances by the City Tech Community Choir and Black Theater students, a student slide show, and information tables on health and wellness taking place beforehand and afterwards.

2013 Black History Month- Wall Street Project Minister’s Luncheon
Tomorrow, Fri., Feb. 1, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. during the third and last day of the Wall Street Project Summit at The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street, New York, NY. U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D, NY) will be the keynote speaker at the Civil Rights & Economic Justice Minister’s Luncheon. The honorees include: Rev. Joseph Carter, New Hope Baptist Church, Newark, NJ; Dr. Freddie D. Haynes III, Senior Pastor, Friendship-West Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas; and Rev. Andrew Wilkes, affiliate minister, The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York and Editor of Urban Faith. This year’s summit, “Wall Street to Main Street: Economic Parity – The Struggle Continues…” focuses on access to capital, career development and labor. The Wall Street Economic Summit brings together the nation’s leaders from politics to corporations to entrepreneurs to WALL STREET – all to discuss the need for economic parity and concerns unique to men and women of African American, Hispanic and diverse cultures. Highlights of the three-day summit will include the following sessions: Wall Street Project Career Symposium, Raising Our Voices on Advertising in The Marketplace, Parity in Public Procurement Opportunities, Strength Through Diversity, and The Business of Hip-Hop. The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. WSP will honor notable people in law, politics, music and entertainment such as famed attorney Willie E. Gary, music legend Berry Gordy and former New York Governor David Paterson. This evening, WSP founder and chair Jesse Jackson will honor Gary, Gordy and former New York Governor Paterson.

The Life and Times of Olu Dara aka Charlie Jones, Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m., at the Schomburg Center, 135th St. and Malcolm X Blvd. in Harlem. A special tribute, hosted by Avery Brooks, paying homage to the unique and multitalented artist Olu Dara. Performing artists include: Cassandra Wilson, The Olu Dara Band with Lady Cantrese, Sounds In Motion, Melba Joyce,The Brawner Brothers, Amiri Baraka, Omar Edwards, The Tony Terrell Caribbean Jazz Quartet and Makane Kouyatewith Dembaya. Musical Director: Kwatei Jones-Quartey. Tickets: $30, General Admission: $60, VIP Tickets for 9:30 p.m. post-reception with The Reggie Quinerly Trio. Tribute Committee: Malaika Adero, Roberta Alloway, Celeste Bullock, Jill Newman, LaMarr Robinson, Greg Tate, Lana Turner.

Medgar Evers College Celebrates Black History Month Black Consciousness: Past, Present and Future

At the Crossroads: The Emancipation Proclamation, the Death of Medgar Wiley Evers, the March on Washington, Voter Suppression, and the Election of President Barack Obama

Panels, Readings, Films, Author Talks, and Performance Showcases
Medgar Evers College is proud to announce its 2013 Black History Month Celebration, a significant year for Black History: one hundred fifty years ago President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Fifty years ago acclaimed civil rights voting activist Medgar Wiley Evers was murdered on his front lawn.
Three months after the murder of Medgar Evers, 250,000 people gathered for the historic March on Washington DC to demand the upholding of civil rights and equality across the nation.
In 2008, a Black President was elected to the highest office in this world and re-elected in 2012. The Black History Month educational, political and cultural programs will bring these significant events to life for students, faculty, staff, and the community.
The program opens on Wednesday, February 6th at 11:30am in Founders Auditorium with a keynote speech by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Professor, Writer and Host of Our World with Black Enterprise. Prof. Hill’s most recent book is The Classroom and the Cell, co-authored with Mumia Abu-Jamal. Hill will address the significance of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th Anniversary of the death of Medgar Wiley Evers, the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the re-election of President Barack Obama from his perspective as a hip hop generation scholar/activist/writer.

Highlighted programs:
• Cheryl Wills of NY1 on The Legacy of Black Civil War Soldiers;
• A Critical Analysis of the films Django Unchained and Lincoln by Faculty Scholars;
• An Examination of the Disparities in Higher Education in the STEM Disciplines;
• Dr. Jamal Joseph, Professor, former Panther and author of Panther Baby discusses Black Consciousness and the Black Radical Tradition;
• Dr. Ron Daniels, Herb Boyd, Dr. Gloria Browne-Marshall, Lumumba Bandele and Reverend Conrad Tillard to speak on The Seeds of Our Legacy: Medgar, Martin and Malcolm;
• A symposia on Race, Law and Justice and Voter Repression and Voter Rights, features School Chancellor, Dennis Walcott, former Chief Judge Judith Kaye and Reverend Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson.
• Featured speakers, panelists and writers for the programs include Prof. Janai Nelson, St. Johns University Law School; Esmeralda Simmons, Director of the Center for Law and Social Justice; Councilman Charles Barron; Che Baraka, Curator and Director of Programs, Skylight Gallery, Pamela Newkirk, author of Letters from Black America, novelist and journalist Christopher John Farley, Tony Medina, poet, writer and activist, the People’s Poet and Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion khalil almustafa. Films, book discussions and exhibits will be a part of the month-long celebration of Black History Month.
For more information visit: www.mec.cuny.edu or call 718 270-6050.