QC Rosenthal Library's Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower / Click to Enlarge
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February - Black History Month

QC Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower Plaque in Rosenthal Library / Click to Enlarge


This web site was initiated in January 2005 by the Black History Month Committee of Queens College.  See also our archived February 2005 Black History Month pages, and our archived February 2006 Black History Month pages, which include a variety of related resources.

Queens College Black History Month 2007
  "Celebrating a Culture, Not a Color"


The College's Black History Month Committee is pleased to present the following events this year as food for reflection and thought.  The programs that we designed for Black History Month 2007 are specifically * not * designed "For Black Students Only." They are designed for all members of the College community. We hope these programs and events will help foster within the campus community a better understanding of people and events of the time, of each other, and of how it all relates to our lives today.

February is Black History Month. There are a variety of officially proclaimed months, weeks, days where we have added opportunities to learn about the history, culture, holidays, traditions and contributions of groups other than whatever our own might be.  Many of these overlap.  Programs, courses and exhibits abound here at Queens College and in the Borough of Queens that highlight and celebrate the differences as well as the similarities. We encourage you to seek out and take advantage of formal opportunities, and create your own informal opportunities to learn more.  We hope you will incorporate what you learn in order to think about our history, as well as options for our present and future, from a broader perspective.

The images at the top of this page are of our Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library's Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower (photo by S. Lefkoe), and of the Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower dedication plaque (photo by J. Castellan). More information about this may be found in our February 2005 archived pages. The plaque is in the Rosenthal Library entry foyer, near the Books and Bytes Cafe. Click on each image for an enlargement.  The text on the clock tower dedication plaque is as follows:

THEY DIED FOR OUR FREEDOM
IN THE SUMMER OF 1964, QUEENS COLLEGE STUDENT ANDREW GOODMAN
JOINED THE MISSISSIPPI FREEDOM SUMMER PROJECT.  HE WAS ASSIGNED TO WORK ON
VOTER REGISTRATION WITH JAMES EARL CHANEY AND MICHAEL SCHWERNER.
RETURNING FROM A VISIT TO A RURAL CHURCH, THEY WERE KIDNAPPED AND MURDERED.
THEIR DEATHS INSPIRED COUNTLESS OTHERS TO CONTINUE THE STRUGGLE
FOR EQUALITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL AMERICANS.

Dedicated on May 10, 1989


Schedule of Events - 2007
Daily Schedule / January 31st  through February 28th


Wednesday, January 31

Black Student Union Kick Off Event
11:45 am-2:00 pm
         
Student Union Corner Bistro


Welcome back to our students!  Become aware of Black History Month and the upcoming  events.  CLIQ Point



February 1 - February 28

Book Exhibit
Rosenthal Library - Barham Rotunda
Standalone display case to right of main rotunda display cases


Monday, February 5

Black Student Union Dress for Success Workshop with Ophelia Davis
12:15pm – 1:30pm
     
Student Union Corner Bistro

Ophelia Davis presents on how we can dress for success by effectively using what you already have in your wardrobe.  CLIQ Point


February 6 - February 15

Dress for Success Week                  

Students are encouraged to come to school in business attire, as a way of practicing professionalism.


Tuesday, February 6

Movie: "Unchained memories:  Readings from the Slave Narratives" 
12:15pm – 1:30pm    
Student Union Corner Bistro

Presents selections from the extensive Slave Narrative Collection through on-camera readings by over a dozen actors, interspersed with photographs, music, and images.  Discussion of movie will follow.  CLIQ Point


Wednesday, February 7

Lecture sponsored by Caribbean Student Association
12:15pm – 1:30pm      
Room 310 Student Union

“How Caribbean History Has Influenced the History of Black America, presented by Africana Studies Program  Professor Evelyn Julmisse.  CLIQ Point


February 13 - February 28

Exhibit: Darfur
Student Union Dining Room

Multimedia exhibit on the crisis in Darfur. Opportunities for helping will be available.


Wednesday, February 14

Black Romancers
12:15pm – 1:30pm      
outside Student Union Corner Bistro

Recordings of Black romantic poetry, music and songs; display of the art of romance; sale of candy/baked goods and flowers (roses). 


Thursday, February 15

Lecture: Sponsored by the Anthropology Club
12:15pm – 1:30pm      
Powdermaker Hall room 112

“The African Burial Ground: Unearthing the Silence”  by Dr. Warren Perry, Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University, Director of Archaeology for the African Burial Ground Project.  Followed by a Question and Answer period.  CLIQ Point

“Young People Speak” sponsored by BSU
 5:00pm-7:00pm         
Student Union Ballroom, 4th floor

Uniform/themed attire or formal dress.  Alumni, graduate & undergraduate students are invited to this event, which will feature a live band and DJ. 


February 20 - February 28

Student Union Lobby Exhibit: Black in New York 1600 – 1900.                    

Exhibit will include information on the African Burial Ground, Martins Field, and more


Wednesday, February 21

Ethnic Conflicts and Modern Africa: Darfur
12:30-2:00pm             
Room 310 Student Union

Speaker and discussion on the conflict in Darfur.  CLIQ Point


Monday, February 26

Voices: Those Who Wore the Shoe: Slave Narratives Based on Federal Writer’s Project Interviews
12:15pm – 1:30pm       
Student Union Servery

Live multimedia performance adapted and directed by Harlin Kearsley.  CLIQ Point

 
Civil Rights History Event sponsored by Hillel
12:15pm – 1:30pm      
QC Hillel, Student Union room 206

Dr. King, the Civil Rights movement and the Jewish  Community. CLIQ Point


Wednesday, February 28

Art Exhibit & Lecture sponsored by the Haitian Club
11:00am-3:00pm         
Student Union Corner Bistro

“The Afro-Artist & the Black Power Movement” by Professor Horace Brockington, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, BMCC.



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