Exploring the Diversity of the Black Experience: Black History Month at Bryn Mawr

Posted January 28th, 2010 at 4:29 pm.

“The Black experience is not monolithic,” Katie Merrill ’12 and Mikecia Witherspoon  ’12 explain as they describe the theme for this year’s Black History Month programming, which they have co-chaired.  “Although there is a group identity among African Americans, we are individuals with our own stories.”

Bryn Mawr kicks off Black History Month on Friday, Feb. 5, with an open house in the campus center from 8-9:30 p.m. The celebration will include a preview of Black History Month events and the launch of a timeline of black history, which will be on display all month. Food, fellowship, and fun are also on tap, say Merrill and Witherspoon.  The event is free and open to all.

Other Black History Month events:

The Black Love Formal, a masquerade-themed party, will be held Feb. 6 in Thomas Great Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. The event is open to all students. Contact the Sisterhood So-Co Heads LaKesha Preston Roberts (lroberts@brynmawr.edu) or Fabiola Decius (fdecius@brynmawr.edu) for ticket information.

On Feb. 10, Melissa Harris-Lacewell will deliver a keynote lecture, “Your Black is Not Like Mine: How Gender Complicates African American Politics,” at 7 p.m. in Thomas Great Hall.  Harris-Lacewell is associate professor of politics and African American studies at Princeton University and a regular commentator on MSNBC and a contributor to The Nation.

An evening of powerful, compelling dance is planned for Saturday, Feb. 13, as renowned dance troupe Urban Bush Women performs with Germaine Acogny, the celebrated director of the Senegalese Compagnie Jant-Bi, and her star dancer  Kaolack (Pape Ibrahima Ndiaya). The event, which begins at 8 p.m., celebrates the opening of the newly renovated Goodhart Hall.

Check the Bryn Mawr Web site for updates and more information on Black History Month events.

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