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Celebrating Black History Month

-- Lecture by Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond and Two-Act Play on Armstrong’s Life 
Will Top Lineup of Queens College Events During February --


FLUSHING, NY, February 4, 2011 – Long-time civil rights leader Julian Bond will speak at Queens College on the legacy of another civil rights pioneer–James Forman (1928-2005)–on Thursday, February 17. Crediting Forman as having had an enormous influence on him personally and on the entire civil rights movement, Bond calls him “one of the under-appreciated figures of the modern civil rights movement…His autobiography, The Making of Black Revolutionaries, is a classic.” Bond’s lecture will celebrate the college’s recent acquisition of Forman’s personal library and recordings.  The lecture, which takes place in Rosenthal Library Room 230 from 5-7 pm, will be followed by a Q&A.

Jazz legend Louis Armstrong was a man who wanted to be remembered by everyone, but was primarily known by the public persona he left behind. Horn, a two-act, four-character play by Queens College MFA graduate Tyler Rivenbark, uncovers a relatively unknown, pivotal moment in Armstrong’s life. Conceived in spring 2009 when Rivenbark was a writer-in-residence at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Horn has had readings at The Actor’s Company Theater and Manhattan Theater Club.  Since its inception, the play has been significantly modified. This new version will be read for the first time by professional actors on Thursday, February 24, from 5 – 7 pm in the Little Theater/Rauthaus Hall Room 213.  


Horn and the Julian Bond lecture are representative of the exciting program of public events we have planned that are sure to educate, engage and enlighten both the college and the community during Black History Month,” says Africana Studies Professor Evelyn Julmisse.


All events, including those listed below, are free and open to the public. Further information on these events may be found at:  For directions and a map to the college, visit:

Wednesday, February 9: 12:15 – 1:30 pm

Documentary Film:  Eyes on the Prize – No Easy Walk (1961-1963)

Narrated by Julian Bond, the widely acclaimed film probes a crucial phase in the civil rights movement – the emergence of mass demonstrations and marches as a powerful protest vehicle –and the leaders at the forefront. Moderator: Professor Carol Giordina of the History Department.

Campbell Dome

Wednesday, February 16: 12:15 – 1:30 pm

Lecture: “A Glimpse From the Past to the Present Through the Eyes of African-American Women Writers and Poets:  Jessie Redmon Fauset, Zora Neale Huston and Maya Angelou”

Professor Saundra Colon provides a comparative analysis of the emotional responses to the plight of African-American women as expressed through literature and poetry from the past to the present.

Campbell Dome

Wednesday, February 16, 12:15 – 2:00 pm – includes lunch

Women’s Studies Program Lecture: “Black Female Sexualties:  Research and Pedagogy” presented by English Professor Sandra Duvivier, whose specializations include African American and Caribbean literature, critical race theory, and gender and sexuality studies.  Last year Prof. Duvivier was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research. Her articles appear in Callaloo, MaComere, JENdA, and A House Divided.

Rosenthal Library, Fifth Floor, President’s Conference Room 1

Wednesday, February 23, 12:15 – 1:30 pm

Documentary Film:  The End of Poverty?  

Political Science Professor Francois Pierre-Louis will moderate a discussion on the film that focuses on why poverty still exists when there is so much wealth in the world. A thought-provoking and timely work by award-winning filmmaker Philippe Diaz, revealing that poverty is not an accident. Considered a “must-see for anyone wanting to understand not only the American economic system, but the foundations of today's global economy.”

Rosenthal Library, Room 230

Thursday, February 24, 5:00
7:00 pm
The Horn - a play about Louis Armstrong's life written by Tyler Rivenbark, a graduate of the Queens College Masters of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. Horn is a journey into the sadness that lies behind a smile, even one as large as Louis Armstrong. This behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's greatest entertainers explores what a man wants when he has everything. 
Little Theater – Rathaus Hall #213

With the exception of the Women’s Studies Program lecture on Feb. 16, all the above events are co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, Special Collections & Archives of the Queens College Libraries, the Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) Program, and several student organizations. 



Saturday, February 12 and 26, 1 pm and 3 pm

Lecture and Guided Tour of the Louis Armstrong House Museum

The Louis Armstrong House Museum (LAHM) will examine the subject of Louis Armstrong and race, from the musician’s humble beginnings in segregated New Orleans to his often quiet but powerful protests for civil rights throughout his remarkable 50-year career.  Join the museum’s “Satchologist” Ricky Riccardi for a fresh look at one of America’s most influential figures. Riccardi will present this unexplored side of Armstrong through private tape recordings and rare footage. All presentations are followed by a guided tour of the museum, which is included with admission price:  $8 for adults; $6 for seniors/students/children, free for members. The Louis Armstrong House Museum, which is administered by Queens College, is located at 34-56 107th Street in Corona, Queens. For directions, visit


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