During February, Ithaca College hosted a series of events in honor of Black History Month. Students, alumni, and faculty had turns in the spotlight over the course of the month. Several signature events included the BIPOC Students and Allies Showcase February 22, the Black History Month Concert on February 23, and the Community Celebration on February 24.
“Throughout February, our Whalen Center for Music has reverberated with the joyous sounds of community and collaboration,” Ithaca College President La Jerne Terry Cornish told a celebratory crowd in Ford Hall, capping off concerts that included music ranging from classic hymns to Beyoncé and African drums.
Music and dance pieces came from around the world, including Ithaca’s historic Southside neighborhood in a thrilling multi-night celebration that literally and figuratively uplifted voices of color. The evenings were largely organized by Baruch Whitehead, associate professor of music education, along with student, community, and faculty leaders.
The BIPOC Students and Allies Showcase featured 10 different performances in the Hockett Family Recital Hall, from the classic “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess” to the more modern title song from “Dreamgirls.” Sprinkled throughout were pieces from the Philippines, India and Brazil, among other countries.