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African American History Month

African American History Month 2019

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


Downloadable Events Flyer (PDF)
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February 2019

African American Contributions to History & Science

Library, Display Cases (2nd Floor)

Buffalo Soldiers and Henrietta Lacks

Buffalo Soldiers Award Ceremony

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 •  10:30 am
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 (Snow Date)
Technology Center, Ellipse

Sponsored by the Office of County Executive, Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

Black Achievements Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 (Snow date 2/13)  •  7 pm
Thursday, February 7, 2019 (Snow date 2/14)  •  7 pm
Cultural Arts Center

**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.

Retrospective: Spirit of a People

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 •  2 - 3 pm

Technology Center, Room 8273

Collette Fournier, Photographer

Retrospective: “Spirit of a People” is a historic embodiment of four decades of Ms. Fournier’s photography archives.  Retrospective takes the viewer on a journey of photography from black and white to color imagery and from film to digital capture.  Fournier’s serial works explore themes of The Amistad: From Mystic Seaport to Nova Scotia, Post Hurricane Katrina, Travels to West Africa, and her community.

Good Book Colloquium: The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism by Howard Bryant

Wednesday, February 20, 2019  •  2 pm
Technology Center, Room 8349

Presenter: Professor David Lucander

Veteran ESPN writer Howard Bryant analyzes how major American team sports have become the front lines of our culture wars and polarized politics. Tommie Smith and John Carlos represented the apogee of athletic protest at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics with their black power salute, but this tradition waned in the 1990s and early 2000s with apolitical "corporate" superstars like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods carefully distancing themselves from controversy. In recent years, however, taking a knee, raising a fist, and making a stand has become the new norm - and provoked deep resentments from many fans.

Film Screening: Mixed Match

Wednesday, February 27, 2019  •  11 am & 1 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse

Mixed Match is an important story told from the perspective of mixed race blood cancer patients who are forced to reflect on their multiracial identities and complex genetics as they struggle with a seemingly impossible search to find bone marrow donors, all while exploring what role race plays in medicine. With the multiracial community becoming one of the fastest growing demographics in North America, being mixed race is no longer just about an identity, it can be a matter of life and death. Part of the “Perspectives in Diversity” series. Funding for the “Perspectives in Diversity” series has been provided by the SUNY Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion through the Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence Grant.

Donor Registry Drive

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 & Thursday, February 28, 2019  •  11 am - 3 pm
Student Union, Upper Lobby

Facilitated by The Icla da Silva Foundation, Inc.

(A Recruitment Center for the Be the Match Registry)

The Mission of the Icla da Silva Foundation is to save lives by recruiting bone marrow donors and providing support to children and adults with leukemia and other diseases treatable by marrow transplants.