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Alumni Panel to Explore Black Student History and Africana Studies at SBU

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Alum panel
Black Students United present Stony Brook University administration with their demands, February 17, 1969. Pictured in the 1969 Stony Brook Specula Yearbook, Courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries

The Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery will present “Revisiting 5+1: An Alumni Panel of the ‘60s & ‘70s” on Tuesday, February 7 at 5:30 pm, part of Stony Brook University’s monthlong slate of events celebrating Black History Month.

The panel will explore the legacy of Black student history, student activism and the formation of the Black Studies Program (now Africana Studies) at Stony Brook University. This program is organized in collaboration with the Department of Africana Studies, the Black History Month Planning Committee and the Alumni Association. The event is free and will be held in the Stony Brook Union Ballroom. Register online.

Panelists include:

Deborah Britton-Riley ’78, ’81 
Stony Brook University class of 1973-1981; co-founder, Black Womyn’s Association at Stony Brook University; director, Liberty Partnerships Program, Stony Brook University, 1992-2010; coordinator, New Student and Transition Programs, Stony Brook University, 2022-present

Mitchel Cohen ’74 
Stony Brook University class of 1965-1974; cofounder of the Red Balloon Collective; radical troublemaker and organizer, poet, and author of several books, the latest being The Fight Against Monsanto’s Roundup: The Politics of Pesticides (SkyHorse: new edition 2022); banned from Stony Brook campus three times

Dr. Linda Humes ’77
Africana Studies Major; Stony Brook University class of 1974-1977; vice President of Black Student Union at Stony Brook University; co-founder of the first Black Theater Club 1974-1976; department student speaker graduation 5/1977

Dr. Les Owens
Professor, Africana Studies Department, 1978-2015, Stony Brook University

The panel is presented in connection with the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery exhibition Revisiting 5+1, which showcases the story of 5+1, a historical exhibition of Black artists working in abstraction that took place at Stony Brook University in 1969 during the first semester of courses in the Black Studies Program. Revisiting 5+1 is on view through March 31 at the Zuccaire Gallery, located on the first floor of the Staller Center for the Arts.

The Zuccaire Gallery will be open before and after the panel, from noon to 8 pm. A guided tour of Revisiting 5+1 will be offered at 4:30 pm, focusing on the history of 5+1 and student activism on Stony Brook’s campus in the late 1960s. Refreshments will be offered in the Union Ballroom beginning at 5 pm.

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