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Black History Month Opening Ceremony
Start Date: 1/27/2016Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 1/27/2016End Time: 3:00 PM

Event Description:
Throughout February 2016, Stony Brook University will host Black History Month, an annual tradition that celebrates the African American experience. The month will kick off with the Black History Month Opening Ceremony. The guest speakers are Professor Sonia Sanchez, Dr. John H. Bracey, Jr., and Dr. James E. Smethurst, co-editors of the history of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 70’s in their book, SOS - Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader (2014), which depicts the works of the politically motivated Black poets, artists, dramatists, musicians, and writers who emerged in the wake of the Black Power Movement.

Throughout February, there will be educational, social, and cultural programs reflecting the month’s theme, Sankofa! Together We Will Rise, held on the Stony Brook campus. The concept of Sankofa has its origin in Ghana, West Africa. When literally translated, it means that “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.” Sankofa is used throughout the pan-African world to promote the idea that African people must go back to their roots in order to move forward. The theme Sankofa! Together We Will Rise was created to foster unity within the diverse Diaspora of African American/Black community at Stony Brook University.

Visit Black History Month for more info.
Location Information:
West Campus - SAC- Student Activities Center  (View Map)
100 Nicolls Road
Main Entrance
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 632-6000
Room: Sidney Gelber Auditorium
Contact Information:
Email: multiculturalaffairs@stonybrook.edu

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