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African American History Month

African American History Month 2017

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.

For information, contact:
Erica Santelmo, or
Lisa Schachter,

Downloadable Events Flyer College Committee Photo Gallery


Tuesday, February 7, 2017 (Ramapo)  •  7:00 pm (snow date February 14)
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 (Clarkstown)  •  7:00 pm (snow date February 15)
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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017  •  2:00 – 3:00 pm
Technology Center, Room 8322

CETL Book Discussion: Comic Series
Black Panther: World of Wakanda

With Shamika Mitchell, PhD, Assistant Professor of English. The nation of Wakanda is one of several African nations in this parallel world published by Marvel Comics. The Wakandan royal line began with Bashenga, supposedly the first king of unified Wakanda and the first Black Panther some 10,000 years ago. Wakanda has sophisticated and unusual technologies and there is a high rate of mutation among the inhabitants.

RSVP requested

Thursday, February 23, 2017  •  11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse

Film: The 13th
Ava DuVernay’s documentary provides an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. Written by Spencer Averick and Ava DuVernay. Film appearances include Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander and Cory Booker. Sponsored by the Black Student Union

Monday, February 27, 2017  •  7:00 pm (snow date March 1)
Cultural Arts Theater

A Faithful Journey: The American Negro Spiritual
Multi-media production starring members of the world-renowned Opera Noire.
With support from the African American Historical Society, the Town of Ramapo and SKD (Saretsky Katz & Dranoff)


March 2017
Technology Center, Rotunda (2nd floor)

Hillburn Exhibit
An exhibit of artifacts centered on the 1943 legal case brought by the NAACP on behalf of African-American parents and their children against their discriminatory assignment to attend the segregated Brook School in Hillburn, NY, a wood structure lacking even indoor bathrooms. Thurgood Marshall, who later became a legendary Supreme Court justice, won this local case 11 years prior to his landmark win in Brown v. Board of Education.

Thursday, March 2, 2017  •  11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse

Elements of Style: Songwriting Techniques with Grammy Award winner Kendra Foster

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