Ithaca College Celebrates Black History Month with February Events

ITHACA, NY — Black History Month will be celebrated by Ithaca College in February with a full schedule of educational and entertaining presentations and performances both on and off campus. All are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Feb. 1
Black History Month Identity Panel
7 p.m., Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall

Sponsored by the African-Latino Society, this program will feature student panelists who will share their stories and discuss the pride and pain that some may find in them regarding the wide range of racial identities that are part of the African Diaspora.

Saturday, Feb. 4
“Dreaming of Timbuctoo” Symposium
2–4 p.m., The History Center, 401 E. State Street

Experts from Ithaca College and Cornell University will give a presentation in conjunction with the “Dreaming of Timbuctoo” exhibit running February 3–21 at The History Center. The exhibit delves into a little-known pre-Civil War saga, in which 3,000 African-American men each received 40 acres of Adirondack property and thus the right to vote in New York State.

Wednesday, Feb. 8
“The Glenn Burke Story”
7 p.m., Textor 103

In conjunction with the Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series, a documentary will be shown about the first openly gay Major League Baseball player.

Friday, Feb. 10
The Black-Jew Dialogues
8 p.m., Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall

This two-actor play combines fast-paced sketches, improvisations, multimedia, puppets and a game show to shine a light on the history and absurdity of prejudice and racism and the power of diversity.

Monday, Feb. 20
Black Masculinities: Representations, Resistance & Redemption
7 p.m., Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall

Adisa Price, an instructor at Miami University in Ohio, will give a presentation as part of the yearlong discussion series on the theme of “Black Men” sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity.

Monday, Feb. 27
“History of Hip-Hop”
7 p.m., Textor 102

Wes Jackson, president of Brooklyn Bodega and the founder and executive director of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, will discuss the history of hip-hop music using his first-hand knowledge of the music industry and entrepreneurial experiences.

Black History Month event sponsors include the Ithaca College Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs, African-Latino Society and Hillel and Cornell University’s ILR School, Black Students United, and Hillel.

Wes Jackson