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Hofstra Celebrates Black History Month

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To commemorate Black History Month in February 2014, Hofstra University is presenting a series of performances, lectures, film screenings and other events. The centerpiece performance, “Up South – The Great Migration in Sound and Movement,” a concert of music and dance that recreates seminal performances and events by black artists and historical figures,  will take place on Sunday, February 9, at 5 p.m. at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse.

Rehearsal of 2013 Black History Month Concert

Rehearsal of 2013 Black History Month Concert

“Up South,” a collaboration between the Department of Music and the Department of Drama and Dance, will feature performances by the Hofstra Chamber Choir, the Hofstra Jazz Ensemble, and Hofstra student dancers and actors. Choral ensembles from Hempstead High School and Uniondale High School will also perform.

Esteemed guest artists include soprano, composer and writer Diana Solomon-Glover; choreographer Mickey Davidson; and baritone Steven Herring; composer and flutist Valerie Coleman; flutist and Hofstra alumna Nicole Camacho; and conductor and pianist Frank Owens.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID. Members of the Hofstra community receive two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. Call the Hofstra Box Office at (516) 463-6644, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

For more information on other events presented as part of Black History Month, please visit hofstra.edu/events. The schedule includes:

February 1-14: Hofstra Celebrates Black History Month: Photo Display
Back of the Main Dining Room, Mack Student Center, North Campus
Photo exhibit features historical figures and highlights in black history at Hofstra from the past 75+ years.
More information: Geri.E.Solomon@hofstra.edu

February 1-28: South Africa and Nelson Mandela
Main Floor, Axinn Library, South Campus
Book display on South Africa and Nelson Mandela.
More information: David.Woolwine@hofstra.edu

Friday, Friday 7, 7 p.m.: Celebrating Gospel Music
Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, North Campus
Performance featuring Hofstra Sigma Capella, Union Bapstist Choir, and the New Hope Institution Youth Choir
More information: protestant@hofstra.edu

Monday, February 10, 8:30 p.m.: 300 Years Later
Plaza Room Middle, Mack Student Center, North Campus
Learn about the infamous Willie Lynch Letter and its impact on African Americans.
More information: mikiom2@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 12

11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Black History Month Reception
Speakers, performances, food, and giveaways.
More information: Annick.Aska@hofstra.edu

12:45 and 3:30 p.m.: Two film viewings led by Italian Ghanaian filmmaker Fred Kuwornu. He will present two of his acclaimed documentaries and conduct a question and answer period after each screening. Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center. Both films will be shown in the Mack Student Center Theater, North Campus. Admission is free.

     *18 Ius Soli: The Right of Citizenship: The documentary film examines the difficulty in obtaining citizenship in modern Italy, particularly for those immigrants coming from North African and Sub-Saharan countries. It questions ethnicity and citizenship. Cécile Kyeng, Minister for Integration and the first “black” minister is a focus in the film. To be shown at 12:45 p.m.
     *Inside Buffalo: The story of  the 15,000 soldiers of the 92nd African-American Infantry Division, who served in Italy during World War II, but that found that their contributions went unnoticed upon their return to the United States. “The Buffalo Soldiers served with courage and patriotism overcame tremendous obstacles, and paved the way for future generations.”- President Barack Obama  To be shown at 3:30 p.m.

February 18 and 19, 8 p.m.: Sex Fest Part II: A Sexual Health Awareness Program
Plaza Room Middle, Mack Student Center, North Campus
A sexual health education program for college students, with a focus on the black community
More information: lsaunders28@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 19, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Spying on Democracy
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus
A discussion about civil rights and domestic surveillance.
More information: jackerman1@pride.hofstra.edu

Wednesday, February 19, 7 p.m.: It’s Showtime! ~ documentary on the Uniondale High School Marching Band
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus
Screening followed by a discussion with director Jordan Crafton
More information: Geri.E.Solomon@hofstra.edu

Wednesday, February 19, 8:30 p.m.: Black or African American?
Plaza Room Middle, Mack Student Center, North Campus
How do individuals within the black community identify themselves?
More information: lsaunders28@gmail.com

Thursday, February 20, 4:30 p.m.: African American Museum Trip
Meet in Multicultural & International Student Programs Office, 242 Mack Student Center, North Campus
A guided tour of the African American Museum in Hempstead.
More information: robert.j.canobbio@hofstra.edu

Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.: Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, North Campus
See the film (inspired by the book by Wil Haygood, who will be at Hofstra on February 25).
More information: hofstraentertainment@gmail.com or 516-463-5669

Monday, February 24, 7 p.m.: Fifty Years On: Soul of a Nation
Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, North Campus
This performance examines the most pressing issues faced by today’s college students.
More information: hofstraentertainment@gmail.com or 516-463-6796

Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m.: Diversity, Dialogue, and Desserts: Respecting Culture=Respecting Yourself and Others
Plaza (Middle) Room, Mack Student Center, North Campus
What makes our cultures unique? What does respect means to you?
More information: Robert.J.Canobbio@hofstra.edu

Tuesday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.: Wil Haygood, author of The Butler: A Witness to History
Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, North Campus
Discussion by the author and Washington Post journalist. Book signing follows.
More information: Athlene.A.Collins@hofstra.edu

Tuesday, February 25, 8 p.m.: Lean on Me
Multipurpose Room, Mack Student Center, North Campus
A screening of the film which depicts the difficulties faced by minority students in an inner-city school
More information: lsaunders28@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m.: Civil Rights and Today’s College Student
Plaza Room East, Mack Student Center, North Campus
An open and frank discussion
More information: jackerman1@pride.hofstra.edu

Friday, February 28, 7-9 p.m.: Mack Fitness Center presents Speedy Claxton and “All-Star Basketball”
David S. Mack Fitness Center, North Campus
The former NBA player, Hofstra alumnus and assistant coach of Hofstra Men’s Basketball discusses how he built his career on integrity, ethics and leadership.
More information: recreation@hofstra.edu

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