Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
QUEENS COLLEGE SALUTES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
– HBO Documentary Film, Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives; “Louis Armstrong & Civil Rights” Exhibit;
Lecture on African Burial Ground Are Among Free Public Events –
FLUSHING, NY, January 26, 2007 – February is Black History Month, which since 1926 has been an annual celebration of African American history, culture and people who have changed the world. At Queens College as at other venues around the country, students, faculty and staff who are passionate about the black experience and committed to the causes of equality and social justice for all Americans will commemorate Black History Month with a series of public events.
“We hope the events and activities we’ve designed will attract and have an enduring influence on every segment of the campus community,” says Maureen Pierce-Anyan, Queens College’s Director of Minority Student Affairs, who spearheaded the committee that organized the college’s Black History Month events.
“Black history is part of the history of all of us,” continues Pierce-Anyan. “Local and international in scope, these programs will provide multiple opportunities to understand and learn from the past and present in order to prepare and improve the future. We are particularly excited about showcasing the contributions made by the free and enslaved blacks during New York’s early years.”
Says Randall Clarke, president of the Black Student Union at Queens College: “These events are unique because this year we’re focusing not on the famous accomplishments of one particular person such as Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks, but on black history as a whole. There will be something for everyone to learn and enjoy – staff and faculty as well as students.”
Kicking off Black History Month on February 1 will be “Breaking Barriers: Louis Armstrong and Civil Rights,” a new exhibit at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens, which features film clips and artifacts from the 1950s, including Armstrong’s FBI file. The exhibit runs through October 8 at the House Museum, which is administered by Queens College. This exhibit, which also celebrates Armstrong’s contributions as jazz legend, goodwill ambassador, movie star and author, provides a revealing look at one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. For more information, go to www.louisarmstronghouse.org
The following events are free and open to the public. More information is available at
Tuesday, February 6: 12:15 – 1:30 pm
HBO Documentary Film: Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives,
Presents dramatic selections from the extensive Slave Narrative Collection through on-camera readings by over a dozen actors – Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Ruby Dee, et al. – interspersed with archival photographs, music and images.
Student Union, 1st floor Corner Bistro
Wednesday, February 7: 12:15 – 1:30 pm
Lecture, “How Caribbean History Has Influenced the History of Black America,” presented by Queens College Professor Evelyn Julmisse, Africana Studies program. Sponsored by the Caribbean Student Association.
Student Union, Room 310
Thursday, February 15: 12:15 – 1:30 pm
Lecture, “The African Burial Ground: Unearthing the Silence,” presented by Dr. Warren Perry, Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University and Director of Archaeology for the African Burial Ground Project. Sponsored by the Anthropology Club.
Powdermaker Hall, Room 112
Monday, February 26: 12:15 – 1:30 pm
Civil rights presentation, “Dr. King, the Civil Rights Movement and the Jewish Community.” Moderated by Rabbi Moshe Shur.
Student Union, Room 206 (Queens College Hillel)
Wednesday, February 28: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Art exhibit and lecture, “The Afro-Artist & the Black Power Movement,” presented by Dr. Horace Brockington, Borough of Manhattan Community College Department of Ethnic Studies. Sponsored by the Haitian Club.
Student Union, 1st floor Corner Bistro
Tuesday, February 20 – Wednesday, February 28
Exhibit: “Black in New York: 1600-1900”
Student Union Lobby
Will include material on the African Burial Ground at 290 Broadway in lower Manhattan, and Everett Martin’s Field Burial Ground in Flushing, Queens. Considered one of the most important archaeological finds of our time, the African Burial Ground unearthed in 1991 the remains of more than 400 17th and 18th century Africans. In February 2006 it was designated a National Monument. Martin’s Field, where 1,000 or more people from the 19th century are buried, is the only African American and Native American cemetery left in New York City.
For directions to Queens College, please visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions/ where you will also find a detailed campus map. The college is located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, exit 24 (Kissena Boulevard) from the LIE. It can also be reached by public transportation.