Feb. 1, 1999|
VOL. 28, NO. 20
Black History Month Begins
Program will examine African heritage as a foundation for
By Leslie Rice
The Homewood campus celebrates black history this month with
some powerful speakers, great jazz, movies, parties and a lot
more. Hopkins' 1999 Black History Month, "African Heritage: A
Foundation for Our Modern Day Presence," kicks into gear this
Friday with jazz trumpeter Dontae Winslow and continues
throughout February with a series of events including talks by
luminaries like education researcher Asa Hilliard III, United
Negro College Fund president William Gray and psychologist Na'im
"I think my overriding goal putting this together was to
just get a dialogue going on campus," said Zaire DuRant-Young, a
sophomore and chair of this year's Black History Month. "I hope
some of these events will get people to talk about issues that
they might normally tiptoe around."
DuRant-Young and series organizers chose a theme they hoped
would both honor the past and look toward the future. After all,
said DuRant-Young, his class will be one of the first to graduate
and enter the work force in the next millennium.
Zaire DuRant-Young, a sophomore and chair
of 1999's Black History Month, says he and the other organizers
chose a theme they hoped would both honor the past and look
toward the future. The series is called "African Heritage: A
Foundation for Our Modern Day Presence."
"When you think of the tremendous changes in the lives of
black people during the last 20 or 30 years, you have to kind of
wonder what kind of changes our generation is going to make," he
The series also will host what have become some popular
Black History Month traditions at Homewood, like a performance by
the Sankofa Dance Company (its fifth annual appearance), African
Heritage Dinner and Apollo Night, a talent show open to the
campus and community (special note to Apollo Night performers: If
you're talented, the audience will love you; if you're not,
they'll let you know).
DuRant-Young, a psychology and economics double major who
grew up in Baltimore, says there's already a buzz on campus and
in the community about the appearance of some of the speakers.
Former congressman William Gray III has brought the United
Negro College Fund, America's oldest black higher education
assistance organization, from the red into the black again since
he became its chief executive officer in 1991. Besides hitting
fund-raising records, cutting UNCF costs and expanding its
services, under Gray's leadership UNCF has developed a research
institute to study education issues affecting African Americans
from kindergarten to graduate school. Gray will speak during the
annual Martin Luther King Convocation, on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Asa Hilliard III is an educational psychologist, historian
and professor of urban education at Georgia State University in
Atlanta. He researches, writes and lectures on issues concerning
educational equity in assessment, curriculum and teaching
quality. Hilliard speaks Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Na'im Akbar is considered one of the first academics to take
an African-centered approach to modern psychology. He has written
six books dealing with the psychology of race including
Chains and Images of Psychological Slavery: From Miseducation
to Education and Community of Self. He is a clinical
psychology professor at Florida State University. He will give a
talk on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
"African Heritage: A Foundation for Our
Modern Day Presence"|
Friday, Feb. 5, 8 p.m., Shriver Auditorium
"A Night of Jazz" with Dontae Winslow and friends, presented
by the National Society of Black Engineers and sponsored by the
JHU NSBE HOMES chapter. After-party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the
Glass Pavilion. Tickets for JHU students: $5 in advance, $10 at
the door; other students: $8 in advance, $15 at the door. Bring
I.D. For more information call 410-516-0583.
Sunday, Feb. 7, 8:30 p.m., BSU Room
Movie Night: Amistad. Refreshments served.
Monday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m., Garrett Room, MSEL
"Regional Integration in the Americas." Cesar Gaviria,
secretary general of the Organization of American States and
former president of Colombia, discusses the historical trends and
development of the international system within the American
continent. Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Symposium on Foreign
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Shriver Auditorium
Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, with keynote speaker
William H. Gray III, president of the College Fund/United Negro
College Fund, and the Morgan State Choir, under the direction of
Nathan Carter. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student
Friday, Feb.12, 8 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Poetry Night: Nubian Blend. An evening of art and poetry
followed by an open mike session. (Sign-up for open mike starts
at 7:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Garrett Room, MSEL
"Ancient Africa," a discussion concentrated primarily on
ancient Egypt and its impact on modern black society, led by Asa
Hilliard, professor, Georgia State University.
Wednesday, Feb. 17, noon, Shriver Hall
"Commemorating Black History Month: A Musical Tribute."
Darin Atwater, composer/pianist/conductor, and Kishna Davis, a
1996 Baltimore Opera Competition winner, in a dynamic musical
performance. Cosponsored by the Office of Special Events and the
Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Free.
Friday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m., Arellano Theater
"Apollo Night," a Hopkins tradition, with university and
Baltimore area performers. Participants can win as much as $100
for first-place prize. $2.
Sun, Feb. 21, 8:30 p.m., BSU Room
Movie Night: Why Do Fools Fall in Love.
Monday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m., Great Hall
Sankofa Open Clinic. Dance with the Sankofa Dance Company
while they rehearse for their performance on the 27th.
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Shriver Auditorium
"African Heritage: A Foundation for Our Modern Day
Presence." Keynote speaker is renowned psychologist/author Na'im
Friday, Feb. 26, noon, Shriver Auditorium
The critically acclaimed Sankofa Dancers preview excerpts
from their fifth annual JHU Black History Month show, complete
with traditional African attire. Free for Hopkins students,
faculty and staff with ID; $5, general public.
Friday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Closing ceremony and annual African heritage dinner, with
American, Caribbean, West and East African foods. Music provided
by the Sixth Dimension Sax Quartet. $10.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m., Shriver Auditorium
Sankofa Dancers. Learn while being entertained by the
performers who have become a part of Hopkins tradition. Free for
Hopkins students. Pick up tickets by Wednesday, Feb. 24, in OMSA
(must have JCARD; limit is one ticket per student); $10, general