QC Rosenthal Library's Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower / Click to Enlarge
Queens College
The City University of New York


February 2008 - 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, February 2006, and February 2007 pages which include a variety of related resources.  Click on each image above and below for a larger version.
QC Black History Month 2008 Poster
QC 2008 Performing Race Flyer

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 design each year for Black History Month 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 officially designated as 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 throughout the year, and also to create your own informal opportunities to learn more.  We hope you will incorporate what you learn in order to think about the history of all of us, 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). Click on each for larger images. 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. 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 - 2008
Daily Schedule / February 1st  through February 29th

Ongoing Exhibit


February 1 - 29

Exhibit
Zora Neale Hurston – Her life, work, and more!
Rosenthal Library, Barham Rotunda, Level Three
Open during all Library hours
Sponsored by the Rosenthal Library
Curated by Michael Miller, Lisa Flanzraich, and Noel Agnew 

A book exhibit highlighting materials from the collections of the Queens College Library focusing on Hurston’s literary works, her personal background, her anthropological and performance careers, the Harlem Renaissance and other distinctive African-American women writers.


Events

Monday February 4

Opening Celebration 
Mixer
Dining Hall, QSide Lounge
12:15–1:30 pm
 
Opening reception to kick off Black History Month.
Sponsored by the Student Life Office
 
 
A Celebration of Langston Hughes
   Dining Hall, Patio Room
12:30–1:40 pm
Sponsored by the Black Student Union

The life and works of Langston Hughes.

Wednesday February 6


Iconoclasts
Powdermaker Hall, Room TBA
12:15–1:30 pm

Viewing of a film in which Maya Angelou and Dave Chapelle come together to discuss their passions and creative processes to provide viewers with an inside glimpse into the inspiration and motivation that made these iconoclasts who they are today.

Sponsored by the Anthropology Department 

CLIQ EVENT



Thursday February 7

A Celebration of Amiri Baraka
Student Union, 4th Floor Ballroom
6–9 pm

The life and works of Amiri Baraka.

Sponsored by the Black Student Union


Monday February 11

LECTURE
Black Social Workers in Apartheid South Africa

Rosenthal Library, 5th Floor
Alexander Braginsky Conference Room (President’s Conference Room #1)
12:15–2 pm

Dr. Grace Davie from the Queens College History Department will compare and contrast the Black Family composite from South Africa to America.

Sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program

CLIQ EVENT


Wednesday February 13

Performing Race
Student Union, Room 304
12:15–1:30 pm

An opportunity for high school students of Townsend Harris and Queens College students, faculty, and staff to find a creative way (song, art, dance, and poetry) to express what race and racial identity mean to them.

Sponsored by the Office of Minority Affairs, Student Life Office, Africana Studies Program, College Now, and Townsend Harris High School

CLIQ EVENT


Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever
Student Union, Room 301
12:15–1:40 pm

Viewing of Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed film.

Sponsored by the Black Student Union


Wednesday February 20

Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing
Dining Hall, Patio Room
12:15–1:40 pm

Viewing of Spike Lee’s Oscar-nominated film.

Sponsored by the Black Student Union


Their Eyes Were Watching God

Rosenthal Library, Twomey Lounge, Level One
12:15–2 pm

A discussion of Zora Neale Hurston’s famous novel.

Sponsored by the Rosenthal Library

CLIQ EVENT


Thursday February 21

Spike Lee’s School Daze
Dining Hall, Patio Room
12:15–1:40 pm

Viewing of Spike Lee’s dramatic musical.

Sponsored by the Black Student Union
 


Monday February 25

Acting White: Race & Education
Speaker: Prudence Carter, Stanford University School of Education 
                  Author of:  "Keepin' It Real -School Success Beyond Black and White"

Dining Hall, Patio Room
12:15–1:30 pm

Town Hall Meeting on black student achievement and constructions of race.

Sponsored by the Office of Minority Affairs, the Political Science Club, the Africana Studies Program, and the CUNY Black Male Initiative

CLIQ EVENT

 
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Rosenthal Library, Twomey Lounge, Level One
12:15–2 pm

 A discussion of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel with Wayne Moreland of the Queens College English Department.

 Sponsored by the Rosenthal Library

CLIQ EVENT


Wednesday February 27

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Rosenthal Library, Twomey Lounge, Level One12:15–2 pm 

A discussion of Hurston’s novel with Dr. Shirley Carrie of the Queens College English Department.

Sponsored by the Rosenthal Library

CLIQ EVENT

 

Black Is, Black Aint
Dining Hall, Patio Room
12:15–1:30 pm

Viewing of Marlon Riggs’ film, Black Is, Black Aint. 

Sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, followed by a student-led discussion

CLIQ EVENT


 

Thursday February 28

Throwback to the 80s Party
Student Union, 4th Floor Ballroom
7–10 pm

A celebration commemorating Black History Month 2008.

Sponsored by the Black Student Union


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