IC Celebrates Black History Month

By Marisa Thomas ’22, February 8, 2019
Events under the theme of “Mending Our Broken Hearts” scheduled throughout February.
A choir singing

Black History Month events include the annual Black History Month Concert on Thursday, Feb. 21.

(Photo by Julia Levine/Ithaca College)

Ithaca College honors Black History Month this February through a series of events and programs organized by the Center for IDEAS and student organizations. The theme for the month is “Mending Our Broken Hearts.” Note: The Sister 2 Sister showcase originally scheduled for Feb. 10 has been rescheduled for Feb. 16.

Feb. 5

“Melanincholy” by Damiano “The Miserable Genius,” presented by Café Con IDEAS
Noon, ALS Room (Located on the first floor of West Tower)

Café con IDEAS gives student-artists a platform to share their personal narratives, rooted in identity and anti-oppression, by using their voices in a 45-minute set. Each session is specifically designed to engage the audience through the creative arts, empower individuals to look inward and consider their own responsibility to social change. The sessions can be comedy, spoken word, dance and performance, song and visual creations. This first set will include rap, poetry and visual art focused on black thought and freedom. Refreshments will be served.

Feb. 7

Partnership in Anti-Racism, presented by the Center for IDEAS
Noon, Taughannock Falls

Center for IDEAS peer educator Serena Velazquez will lead attendees through effective strategies for anti-racist partnership and will identify how partnerships can be different from ally-ship. This workshop counts as a Student Leadership Institute session.

Feb. 12

“Sighted Hands/Feeling Hearts” Screening, presented by the LGBT Center
6 p.m., Textor 103

A screening of a documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright of “A Raisin in the Sun.” Hansberry was an artist, activist and public intellectual who was outspoken and defiant against injustice. Her works tackling race, human rights, women’s equality and sexuality anticipated social and political movements.

Feb. 14

“The Illustration of Bodily Love,” by Emily Jimenez presented by Café con IDEAS
Noon, ALS Room

Café con IDEAS gives student-artists a platform to share their personal narratives, rooted in identity and anti-oppression, by using their voices in a 45-minute set. Each session is specifically designed to engage the audience through the creative arts, empower individuals to look inward and consider their own responsibility to social change. The sessions can be comedy, spoken word, dance and performance, song, or visual creations.

Feb. 15

Make Love Make Sense, presented by the Center for IDEAS
Noon, ALS Room

A lot of people have wondered what a perfect relationship looks like and, whether or not we care to admit, some of us enjoy looking at celebrity relationships in admiration and use them as examples to compare to our own relationships. This Student Leadership Institute event will have students discussing characteristics of a successful relationship and evaluating the societal standards of black love. Participants will play games and critique an episode of the show “Grownish.”

Feb. 16

Black History Month Showcase, presented by Sister 2 Sister
6:30 p.m., Emerson Suites

Sister 2 Sister will be celebrating Black History Month this year by showcasing the talent of students of color on campus. Refreshments will be served during intermission.

Feb. 18

Black History Month Collaborative Art Showcase, presented by IC Mixed
6 p.m., Klingenstein Lounge

This art-share event showcases black talent and creativity. Artists will express themselves through a variety of mediums, from paintings and poetry to songs and dance.

Chatta Box Series: Caribbean Parents and Mental Health
7 p.m., Textor 101

Come join CSA for the debut of their new “Chatta Box” conversation series. This first forum is dedicated to discussing stigma surrounding mental health within Caribbean families and communities.

Feb. 19

Box of Self-Love, presented by Center for IDEAS and BOLD Scholars
6 p.m., ALS Room

Join the BOLD Scholars and the Center for IDEAS in a fun project where you get to create your own box of self-love. The scholars will be presenting the differences between habit-centered goals and outcome-centered goals.

Caribbean Movie Night, presented by the Caribbean Student Association
7 p.m., Textor 101 

Hang out with CSA as they get together for a movie night, featuring a special free screening of a Caribbean movie.

Feb. 20

Ramping Shop, presented by the Caribbean Student Association
8 p.m., ALS Room

Have a fun night in with CSA in the ALS room as they host a game night.

Feb. 21

“Buss A Tune” Karaoke Night, presented by the Caribbean Student Association
6 p.m., IC Square

Join CSA for an evening karaoke session.

“With Infinite Hope: MLK and the Civil Rights Movement” Film Screening
7 p.m., Cinemapolis
Come to join the Ithaca community in a free showing of the documentary produced by Ithaca College students and faculty in the Roy H. Park School of Communications.

Black History Month Concert
8:15 p.m., Ford Hall

This concert will feature a variety of performers, including the African Drumming and Dance Ensemble, Worlds of Music Class, the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee singers, and faculty and students from the School of Music. The concert will be livestreamed and available online for a few days after the concert.

Feb. 23

Curls and Coils Demo Day, presented by Curls and Coils
2 p.m., ALS Room

Curls and Coils will be hosting a demo day to demonstrate different techniques for how to do twist outs, wash and goes, and finger coils on a variety of different hair types. The demonstration will be using Curls and Coils’ favorite products. There will be food and games to keep the event interactive and entertaining.

Feb. 27

Discovering Your Story: Black Genealogy, presented by Nicole Eversley-Bradwell
Noon, Klingenstein Lounge

Researching people of color through historical records is likely to present challenges. Discovering these strong and sometimes uncovered voices might be challenging, but they are also very rewarding. The session will cover strategies as well as tips for researching hard to find ancestors.

Feb. 28

For the Culture: Student Org Mixer, presented by the Center for IDEAS
6 p.m., ALS

To end the month, take the opportunity to meet the other race/ethnicity focused organizations on campus at this mixer. Organization leaders are invited to put together a small display for other students to check out. Cookies and warm beverages will be served.

Events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Geselle Dominguez at gdominguez@ithaca.edu.