Beginning this February, Black History Month becomes Black History 4 Seasons at UMass Dartmouth. Events throughout the year will honor the unique experiences and contributions of Black Americans in areas such as politics, social justice, literature, theater, visual arts, and music.
The celebration of Black History 4 Seasons at UMass Dartmouth will begin with a screening of the PBS documentary series Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, Fighting Back 1957-1962, followed by a public lecture and book signing by UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Professor Emeritus Dr. Thomas Ranuga, February 4, at UMass Dartmouth’s Claire T. Carney Library Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Foundation Grand Reading Room. Dr. Ranuga was born in South Africa and has written numerous articles relating to the struggle against Apartheid, including his latest memoir entitled Surviving Apartheid.
Schedule of events this week include:
Black History 4 Seasons Opening Celebration
Screening of Eyes of the Prize: Fighting Back
Public lecture by Dr. Thomas Ranuga, Chancellor Professor Emeritus: "The Struggle for Meaningful Change in Education from Elementary Schools to the University Level: The Evolution of the Fight by Blacks for Inclusion, Justice and Equality." Book signing for Dr. Ranuga’s book Surviving Apartheid follows.
Stoico/FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation Library Grand Reading Room, 2–5 p.m.
Raisin' Cane at the Zeiterion Theater
Jasmine Guy celebrates the Harlem Renaissance on stage in Raisin’ Cane. Limited complimentary student tickets available at the UMass Dartmouth Frederick Douglass Unity House.
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, 8 p.m.
Share the Dream Banquet
The annual banquet celebrates past and present students part of College Now, an alternative admissions program designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop academically and receive support as they work towards success at the University.
Whites of Westport, 4 p.m.
For more details on these events and the full schedule of upcoming events visit www.umassd.edu/blackhistory. You can also join the conversation on Black History 4 Seasons on social media using #BH4Seasons.