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Black History Month 2015

A collection of events from the University of Rochester and the Greater Rochester Community

January 23

Dr. MuhammadMLK Commemorative Address
Keynote Speaker: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
6:00 pm
University of Rochester, River Campus, Strong Auditorium
Open to the Public

January 24

City of RochesterMLK Youth Day Summit
In partnership with the Greater Rochester Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and Youth Voice One Vision, this event is targeted to youth leadership groups, with a focus on race and activism.  This is a ticketed event and advanced registration required. Contact Jackie Campbell at jcampbel@libraryweb.org
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue
Sponsored by the City of Rochester Black Heritage Committee

January 29

City of Rochester150 Ancestors Reception
A celebration to recognize of 150 African Americans who have contributed to the Greater Rochester community area, from the early 1800’s to the present.
5:30 to 7 p.m.
City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St.
Sponsored by the City of Rochester Black Heritage Committee

January 30

Tana Grady Weliky Speaker
4th Annual Tana Grady-Weliky, MD, Lecture on Women and Diversity in Medicine

Sponsored by: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Office for Diversity
12:00noon-1:00pm
University of Rochester, Medical Center Class of ’62 Auditorium w/ reception following in LeChase (G-9576)
Open to the Public

January 31

City of Rochester3rd Annual Black Heritage Conference
Conference Theme: Black Male Achievement; Keynote Presenter:  David Miller, author of “Dare to be King.” City Council President Loretta Scott will be the moderator.
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC), 161 Chestnut Street
Tickets: $10 per person (purchase at City Hall, 30 Church St., room 100A).
Sponsored by the City of Rochester Black Heritage Committee

February 4

Africa Video Series:“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” directed by Justin Chadwick (2013)
5:00pm
Location: University of Rochester, TBD
Frederick Douglass Institute

February 4

Black and Woman: Changing the Narrative 
Rev. Melany Silas, PhD. and Mayor Lovely Warren Telling their truth, in their own words, their own analysis, and their own interpretations... from Pulpit to Politics
Presented by: The Black Student Caucus of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
4:15 Chapel Service, 5:30 Soup, Cider, and Conversation
1100 South Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14620

Malany Silas Event at Rochester Crozer

February 5

City of RochesterAn Evening of Art & Jazz
A reception for the Black History Month art exhibit in the City Hall Link Gallery, which will be on display from Feb. 2 through March 23. Hosted by David Haygood, Jr., and featuring youth and adult artists.
5:30 to 7 p.m.
City Hall Link Gallery and Atrium, 30 Church St.
Sponsored by the City of Rochester Black Heritage Committee

February 6

City of RochesterGospel Fridays
City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St., 12:30 to 1 p.m.
Celebrating an important tradition of Black Heritage with local choir performances: 15th Tabernacle Choir, Church of God and Saints of Christ Church
Sponsored by the City of Rochester Black Heritage Committee

February 6

University of Rochester Inspire Jam
InspireJam

February 6

Club Rochester: Spring Semester Kick-off – Feel Fabulous in February
4:00-5:30pm
University of Rochester, River Campus, Meliora, Ballroom
Sponsored by: Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA), Minority Student Advisory Board (MSAB), University Health Services
Open to the University Community

February 6

2015 African American History Seminar Series
12:30pm – 1:45pm
University of Rochester, Medical Center, Adolph Auditorium
Sponsored by: Offices of Medical Education (OME), The Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity (CACHED), and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Open to the Public

February 7

BSUBSU’s 12th Annual Step Show
4:00-7:00pm
Sponsored by the Black Students Union
University of Rochester, River Campus, Strong Auditorium
$3 with UR ID, $5 General Admission
Open to the Public

February 11

Black and Young: Black Lives Matter
Rev. Winterbourne Harrison-Jones and M.Div. Pastor Melvin Cross, Jr. re-envisioning effective urban youth ministry.
Presented by: The Black Student Caucus of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
4:15 Chapel Service, 5:30 Soup, Cider, and Conversation
1100 South Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14620
February 11

February 13

2015 African American History Seminar Series
12:30pm – 1:45pm
University of Rochester, Medical Center, Case Method Auditorium
Sponsored by: Offices of Medical Education (OME), The Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity (CACHED), and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Open to the Public

February 13

City of RochesterGospel Fridays
City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St., 12:30 to 1 p.m.
Celebrating an important tradition of Black Heritage with local choir performances.
15th Tabernacle Choir, Church of God and Saints of Christ Church
Julius Dicks and Company
Sponsored by the City of Rochester Black Heritage Committee

February 15

City of RochesterHeritage Gospel Concert
Featuring Akoma and Voices of Thunder’s annual joint gospel songfest to support scholarships for graduating high school seniors
6 to 8 p.m.
First Genesis Baptist Church, 292 Hudson Ave.
Sponsored by the City of Rochester Black Heritage Committee

February 18

City of RochesterBlack Heritage Story Telling and Book Reading
Noon to 2 p.m.
David F. Gantt R-Center, 700 North St.
Sponsored by the City of Rochester Black Heritage Committee

February 18

Black and Called: An Institutional Perspective 1924-Present
Rev. Dr. Forrest Elliot Harris, Keynote Speaker, President of the American Baptist College, Nashville TN
Presented by: The Black Student Caucus of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
4:15 Chapel Service, 5:30 Soup, Cider, and Conversation, 6:15 Lecture on Preaching and Black Church Studies
1100 South Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14620
February 18

February 19

The Black Extravaganza
Sponsored by SANKOFA
11:00am-2:00pm
University of Rochester, Medical School, Flaum Atrium

February 19

City of RochesterDRYS Youth Kings & Queens Showcase:  “A Walk Through Time”
3 p.m.to 4:30 p.m.
Thomas P. Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Ave.
Sponsored by the City of Rochester Black Heritage Committee

February 20

2015 African American History Seminar Series
12:30pm – 1:45pm
University of Rochester, Medical Center, Case Method Aud
Sponsored by: Offices of Medical Education (OME), The Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity (CACHED), and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Open to the Public

February 20

City of RochesterGospel Fridays
City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St.
12:30 to 1 p.m.
Celebrating an important tradition of Black Heritage with local choir performances.
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Male Chorus
Sponsored by the City of Rochester Black Heritage Committee

February 20

City of RochesterFood Tasting Event in partnership with STAR, Inc. (Sisters Together Achieving Results)
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St.
Sponsored by the City of Rochester Black Heritage Committee

February 21

23rd Annual Denise Y. Giles Crimson and Crème Scholarship Ball
Sponsored by: The Pi Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
Dinner Open 7:00pm Dinner Served 8:00pm
Mario’s Italian Restaurant
Contact: Justine King
Open to the Public

February 21-March 1

My Black Is Beautiful Week
Various Times and Various Locations
Sponsored by:  Pan African Students’ Association, National Society of Black Engineers, UR SEGway, Pride Network, Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Active Minds, Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Graduate Students of Color, RIT’s Unity House, RIT’s BACC

February 22

MAG Family Day
Black History Month Family Day
12:00pm-5:00pm
Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. with additional support from the Robert and Madeleine S. Heilbrunn Memorial Fund
$5 Suggested donation per family
Memorial Art Gallery
Open to the Public

February 25

Black and LGBT
Rev. Dr. Kenneth Q James and Rev. Christopher Goodwin: A 21st Century Review of and response to the works of James Baldwin and Dr. Peter Gomes.
Presented by: The Black Student Caucus of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
4:15 Chapel Service, 5:30 Soup, Cider, and Conversation
1100 South Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14620
February 25

February 27

City of RochesterGospel Fridays
City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St.
12:30 to 1 p.m.
Celebrating an important tradition of Black Heritage with local choir performances.
Immaculate Conception/St. Bridget’s Church Choir
Sponsored by the City of Rochester Black Heritage Committee

February 27

2015 African American History Seminar Series
12:30pm – 1:45pm
University of Rochester, Medical Center, Adolph Auditorium
Sponsored by: Offices of Medical Education (OME), The Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity (CACHED), and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Open to the Public

February 28

City of Rochester13th Annual Black Heritage Gala
6 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, 120 East Main Street
Tickets: $55 per person (purchase at City Hall, 30 Church St., room 100A).
Sponsored by the City of Rochester Black Heritage Committee

March 4

Africa Video Series: “Winnie Mandela” (2011) directed by Darrell Roodt (with Jennifer Hudson)
5:00pm
Location: University of Rochester, TBD

Frederick Douglass Institute

March 25

Africa Video Series: “The Legacy of Nelson Mandala & The Future of South Africa”
A discussion with students on the Autobiography on Nelson Mandela “Long Walk to Freedom”
5:00pm
Location: University of Rochester, TBD

Frederick Douglass Institute

April 2-3

New Directions Symposium: Intimacies and Assemblages
Discussion on Jeffrey McCune’s book “Black Masculinity and the Politics of Passing” with Elliott Powell, U. of Minnesota; Dior Konate, South Carolina State U. and UR/School of Nursing faculty: Orlando Harris and LaRon Nelson, FDI Fellows: Erin Pearson and Adela Amaral, Tiffani Barber, PHD Candidate, Visual & Cultural Studies, Dior Konate, South Carolina State University

April 2, 2015 (Thursday) 12:00p-6pm

April 3, 2015 (Friday) 10am-12:pm

April 8

Africa Video Series: “Tengers” directed by Michael J. Rix (2007)
South Africa's first stop-motion animated feature film, tackling day to day life in Johannesburg head on.
5:00pm
Location: University of Rochester, TBD

Frederick Douglass Institute

 

See details from our past celebrations!

Black History Month 2014

Black History Month 2013

Black History Month 2012

Black History Month 2011

Black History Month 2010