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African American History Month

African American History Month 2016

All events except the Achievement Awards Ceremony are free and open to the public.

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Photo Gallery

January

Sunday, January 31, 2016  •  3:30 - 5:30 pm

Photo Exhibit: Technology Center, Rotunda 2nd floor
Presentation: Technology Center, Ellipse (Room 8180)

The Gift of Music: Composers of the African Diaspora Photography Exhibit Opening Reception & 10th Anniversary of the African American Historical Society of Rockland County

Refreshments served • RSVP to aahs10years@gmail.com

Opening reception for archival photographic display of great musical composers of the African Diaspora and 10th anniversary celebration of the AAHS of R.C. Exhibit made possible by grants from the Town of Ramapo and the Arts Council of Rockland through the DEC program of the NYS Council of the Arts.

The African American Historical Society of Rockland County is presenting special Griot Awards in honor of their 10th anniversary to Wayne Bartow, Jamila S. Brathwaite, Dr. Travis Jackson, and Dr. David Lucander.

February

Tuesday, February 2 and Wednesday, February 3, 2016  •  7:00 pm
(snow date February 9 and 10)
Cultural Arts Theater

Black Student Achievement Awards Ceremony – by invitation only
Celebrating and honoring local children of color who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in academic success, community service, artistic expression, athletic ability, leadership, or personal triumph and success.


Thursday, February 11, 2016  •  11:00 am – 1:30 pm
snow date February 18
Technology Center, Ellipse (Room 8180)

Spirit of a People - PowerPoint Presentation
Collette Fournier presents a retrospective of her work documenting the African and African-American experience in photographic images including the Amistad, West Africa, and New Orleans 18 months after hurricane Katrina. Fournier is a member of Kamoinge, Inc. and the UPAA, with many public exhibits and published works. She teaches photography and is the campus photographer at RCC.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016  •  2:00 – 3:00 pm
Technology Center - CETL (Room 8322)

Good Books Colloquium: Stokely: A Life
Dr. David Lucander (Multicultural Studies) presents a discussion of Stokely: A Life, a biography of legendary civil rights activist and leader Stokely Carmichael. This 2014 winner of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change National Book Award was written by Peniel E. Joseph.


Saturday, February 20, 2016  •  7:30 pm
snow date Feb. 21
Cultural Arts Theater

Shaken - Performance
Refreshments following performance - fully accessible
A dramatic presentation, written, directed and performed by Ryan McNeill. A conversation illustrating character, fear, strength, and the age-old debate between choice and action. Bridge Event in collaboration with Performing Arts and the Robert Flynn Irish Heritage Festival funded by the Kurz Foundation.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016  •  11 am - 1 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse (Room 8180)

Shake the Dust – Film
This documentary chronicles the worldwide influence of hip-hop dance through the lens of b-boy crews from four very different countries — Yemen, Colombia, Cambodia and Uganda. Executive producer Nasir "Nas" Jones.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016  •  7:00 pm
snow date March 2
Cultural Arts Theater

The Gift of Music: Composers of the African Diaspora
Highlighting some of the extraordinarily talented composers of the African Diaspora, including music from a range of genres including classical, spirituals, blues, ragtime, gospel, and jazz. Multi-media presentation enhanced with live performances by gifted musicians including guest artists: Carl Burnett, Kris Carmello, Shirley Crabbe, Suzzanne Douglas, Adam Gloc, Veronica Greene, Tara Hooker, Erica Kaplan, Sam Waymon and others. Presented in collaboration with the African American Historical Society of Rockland County & RCC’s Performing Arts and made possible by grants from the Town of Ramapo and the Arts Council of Rockland through the DEC program of the New York State Council of the Arts.

Gift of Music Program


Thursday, February 25, 2016  •  7:00 - 9:00 pm
snow date Feb. 27
Cultural Arts Center - Blackbox Theater

Frederick Douglass and the White Negro – Film and Discussion
Award-winning documentary about the amazing life of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), a brilliant orator, abolitionist and equal rights activist, writer and politician. Douglass escaped from slavery in 1838 and later traveled to Ireland in the 1840s. Q & A afterwards with Brian Fitzgerald. Bridge Event in collaboration with Performing Arts and the Robert Flynn Irish Heritage Festival funded by the Kurz Foundation.

March

Thursday, March 3, 2016  •  11 am – 1 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse (Room 8180)

Elements of Style: Women in Comics – Panel Discussion
Panel led by Dr. Shamika Mitchell, (English), and includes female artists from the comic book, graphic novel, cartoon, illustration, game design, and animation industries. Event includes vending and autographs.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Presentation • 1:30 - 2:45 pm • Technology Center, Ellipse (Room 8180)
Reception & Book Signing • 3:00 - 4:00 pm • Technology Center, Reading & Writing Center (Room 8349)

SOS – Calling All Black People – Presentation and Book Signing
Celebrated poet Sonia Sanchez joins historians John Bracey and James Smethurst for a special program about the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s-1970s and their new book, SOS – Calling All Black People.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016 • 1:00 - 1:50 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse (Room 8180)

Women in the Civil Rights Movement - Discussion
Dr. David Lucander (Multicultural Studies) discusses the vital contributions of women in the Civil Rights Movement. Everyone knows Martin and Malcolm, it’s time we learn about heroines like Rosa, Diane, Ella, and Septima. Bridge event with Women’s History Month.

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