UMass Dartmouth's Black History 4 Seasons Council announces events for the 2017-2018 academic year.
In collaboration with various UMassD colleges and departments and community partners such as the New Bedford Historical Society, these celebratory events honor the contributions of Black Americans in politics, social justice, literature, theater, visual arts, and music.
All events are free to UMassD students.
Black History Month Show 2018
UMass Dartmouth's Annual Black History Month Show presented by Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity, Inc. Mu Chapter and the Black Student Union. The show was originally created by the Black Student Union and Sigma Phi Rho as a way to celebrate and educate our peers on Black Excellence. It is now one of the biggest collaborations on campus. This year's the theme is "Breaking the Chains of Colonization", which will highlight the many ways colonization still effects us as a generation and as a people. There are many sub-topics that will be highlighted under this theme which include classism, colorism, poverty, immigration policies, war, mass incarceration and so much more. The committee has been working hard to make sure we push the educational component of the show, by carefully choosing the acts that will perform and the host. We have decided to have world-renown poet Porsha O. host the show and DJ Sham! for accompaniment. This year's ticket prices include an option for donations that will benefit the Women's Center in New Bedford (A Women's Shelter) and Hayden McFadden Elementary School. Examples of donations include any and all hygienic items (feminine products, baby diapers, shampoo, razors, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, etc.) Items will be collected at the door to the Main Auditorium when entering for the show. For more info contact Moriah Wiggins at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do Black Lives Matter (and what does this mean in 2018?)
Join the conversation with Discussionist Ricardo Rosa, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Panelists: Eric James, Crime and Justice Studies major, Class of 2019; Eric Larson, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Crime and Justice Studies; Alexandra Moniz, Ph.D, Enrollment Systems Coordinator; and University Extension Kendra Hicks, Director of Radical Philanthropy (Eastern Region), Resist Inc. Claire T. Carney Library Room 122, Grand Reading Room Sponsored by Shared Voices Committee Contact Pat Freitas, email@example.com, 508.910.6405
Intersections of Struggle with Walidah Imarisha
Performance and presentation by multidisciplinary educator, historian, writer, activist scholar and cutting-edge poet, Walidah Imarisha Grand Reading Room, Library, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth On the overlapping of Women's History Month and Black History 4 Seasons join us for an inter-disciplinary performance and presentation by multidisciplinary educator, historian, writer, activist scholar and cutting-edge poet, Walidah Imarisha. Learn about the ways Walidah Imarisha has used different forms of writing, research and spoken word to challenge racism, mass incarceration, economic exploitation, and gender injustice. Imarisha's history teachings expose how racism enforces and maintains whiteness through laws, zoning, and gentrification. Discuss how we can use all our creativity to fight for social justice. Imarisha will share from her wide range of works, including her history workshop "Why aren't there more Black people in Oregon?", segments from her fiction/ non-fiction/ science fiction, and poetry: Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, Another World is Possible and Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption. Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth Labor Education Center, the Black History 4 Seasons, Fredrick Douglas Unity House, Center for Gender and Sexuality, History Department. For a more information go to the Labor Education Center webpage: https://www.umassd.edu/labored/
ALANA Graduation Reception (Save the date)
UMassD Graduates, save the date! More details to follow. Contact: Donna Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-999-9222 Sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Unity House & BH4SC
New Bedford NAACP Freedom Fund Breakfast
Local high school graduates are honored with NAACP Branch scholarships. More details to follow. Contact: LaSella Hall, email@example.com or 508-999-9220 Sponsored by the NAACP New Bedford Branch and Youth Council & UMassD NAACP College Chapter