The Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 29, 2001
January 29, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 19


Black History Month To Focus On Contemporary Issues

By Leslie Rice Masterman, Homewood
Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Black History Month 2001 will kick off with opening ceremonies on Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Glass Pavilion at Homewood. This year's theme, "Black History Being Made Every Day," reflects an effort to create a more forward-thinking view of Black History Month than in years past, said Lauren Charles, chair of the monthlong series of lectures, events and performances.

Lauren Charles

Charles, a junior in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, said she deliberately created a program that retains events that have always been highly attended at Hopkins--like the annual performance by the Sankofa Dance Theater and the African Heritage Banquet--but offers something new as well.

"This year," she said, "we wanted to get away from the retrospection themes and look at Black History Month with more of a progressive approach. So what you'll see is less of a lineup of big-name speakers and more of an examination of what's going on right now among us," said Charles, pointing for example to "Meaningful Diversity in Our Rapidly Changing World," a talk scheduled for Feb. 7. "Our hope is that during this month we look at all the things around us that influence us."

All events are at Homewood and are free unless otherwise noted.

'Black History Being Made Every Day'

Thursday, Feb. 1
Opening Ceremonies.
Noon. Glass Pavilion, Levering.

Sunday, Feb. 4
Movie Night: Nappy, a short film about black hair, following BSU meeting. Presented by the MSE Library Book and Video Discussion Group.
7 p.m. BSU Room, basement of AMR 2.

Wednesday, Feb. 7
Wednesday Noon Series: Georgia Sea Island Singers, showcasing the Gullah language and culture. Presented by the Office of Special Events and co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
Noon. Shriver Auditorium
Informationalist Drew Farnsworth talks on "Meaningful Diversity in Our Rapidly Changing World."
7 p.m. AMR Multipurpose Room.

Thursday, Feb. 8
Luncheon discussion on Nappy, the movie shown Feb. 4 (see above).
Noon. Garrett Room, MSEL.
Bobby McFerrin at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. $9 for Hopkins students with I.D. Sponsored by the Hopkins Organization for Programming; 410-516-8209 for ticket information.
8 p.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Monday, Feb. 12
Sankofa African Dance Theatre Clinic.
7 p.m., Great Hall, Levering.

Friday, Feb. 16
Behind the Scenes with Sankofa: an inside look as the group prepares for the opening of a show.
Free for Hopkins students, faculty and staff with I.D.; $5 general admission.
Noon. Shriver Auditorium.
African Students Association Fashion Show.
7 p.m. Glass Pavilion, Levering.

Saturday, Feb. 17
Sankofa Dance Theatre.
Free for Hopkins students (one ticket per student with I.D.; must be picked up by Feb. 14 in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, student arts center); $15 general admission. 8 p.m. Shriver Auditorium.

Sunday, Feb. 18
Movie Night: Film TBA.
7 p.m. BSU Room, basement of AMR 2.

Thursday, Feb. 22
MLK Jr. Convocation: Martin Luther King scholar Michael Eric Dyson, keynote speaker.
7 p.m. Shriver Hall.

Saturday, Feb. 24
African Heritage Banquet: an evening of African, Caribbean and African-American cuisine.
7 p.m. Glass Pavilion, Levering.

Wednesday, Feb. 28
Closing Ceremonies.
Noon. Glass Pavilion, Levering.