Marc Lamont Hill, Associate Professor of Education at Teachers College and an affiliated faculty member at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, is the keynote speaker for Stony Brook’s Black History Month Opening Program on Wednesday, February 2, from 12:40 pm to 2:10 pm in the Student Activities Center Auditorium. The ceremony also includes cultural performances, student organization display tables, and light refreshments.
Many of the programs scheduled to take place during Black History Month will reflect this year’s theme, “Sankofa: Writing a New Chapter for the History Books.” The concept of Sankofa is derived from a West African word that transliterated means “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.” In the context of Black History Month, Sankofa suggests that we cannot ignore the lessons of our past if America is to become a stronger, more inclusive nation.
Click here for a schedule of 2011 Black History Month events.
Black History Month is celebrated throughout the United States in the month of February. Stony Brook’s annual observance of Black History Month, coordinated by the Black History Month Planning Committee, includes panels, symposia, and lectures, as well as cultural and social events.