Black History Month Events Slated at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Black History Month will be celebrated at Ithaca College in February with a full schedule of educational and entertaining presentations and performances. All of the events listed below are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Feb. 11
“Everyone Has a Place: My Time on the Road with Wynton Marsalis & the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra”
7 p.m., Emerson Suite C, Phillips Hall

John Rawlins, assistant director of the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs (OSEMA), will discuss the multi-city concert tour he participated in last fall with Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the 70-piece Chorale Le Chateau. They performed Marsalis’s Abyssinian Mass, a landmark collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentation and vocals. A songwriter, vocal producer and gospel choir director, Rawlins is currently the advisor to Ithaca College’s Amani Gospel Singers.

Wednesday, Feb. 12
“Brother Outsider: The Story of Bayard Rustin”
7 p.m., Textor 103

Screening of a documentary on the Civil Rights pioneer and organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, who despite his many achievements was often treated harshly by his own community because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era. Presented in collaboration with the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, and Services.

Tuesday, Feb. 18
Step Afrika!
8 p.m., Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall

Based in Washington, DC, Step Afrika is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping — a percussive dance that uses kicks, stomps, claps and chants — all linked to African and modern dance traditions. The ensemble is critically acclaimed for its efforts to promote an understanding of and appreciation for stepping and its use as an educational tool for young people worldwide.

This event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up from the OSEMA office on campus, or reserved by e-mailing

Friday, Feb. 21
8:15 p.m., Ford Hall, Whalen Center
“Africa to America”

The annual Black History Month Concert, presented by the School of Music, will feature performances by the African Drumming and Dance Ensemble, Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers and Ithaca Children’s Chorus Choraliers.

Monday, Feb. 24
“Black and Latino Greeks: History, Relevance & Responsibility”
7 p.m., Klingenstein Lounge, Phillips Hall

Panel discussion on the role and relevance of historically African-American and Latino fraternities and sororities.

Friday, Feb. 28
Brothers4Brothers Celebration Banquet
7 p.m., Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall

An event to honor the history and legacy of Brothers4Brothers, a student organization at Ithaca College dedicated to the community, academic, political and social needs of men of color and all men on campus.

Sponsors of Black History Month include the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs and the African-Latino Society.

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Black History Month will be celebrated at Ithaca College in February.