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Celebrated South African Musician-Activists Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela Perform Songs of Freedom During Black History Month at Queens College

-- Programming Features a Report by QC Students Who Visited Atlanta and Birmingham, a Screening of the film Malcolm X, and Fundraising for a School in Ghana --

bhmFLUSHING, NY, February 6, 2015 — Ranging from 19th century photography to current film, and from Staten Island to South Africa, this year’s Black History Month programming at Queens College addresses the theme of Culture, Social Movements and Justice: Dismantling the Master Narrative. Donations will be requested at the beginning and end of every event for Project Ghana, which supports a junior high school in the village of Abetenim.

Culture, Social Movements and Justice began with screenings of the documentaries More Than a Month (February 2) and Ethnic Notions (February 4) and a panel discussion—followed by a Q-and-A session—about black LGBT pioneers Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, Marsha P. Johnson, Lorraine Hansberry, and Bayard Rustin (February 5).

Kirk Burkhalter, a New York Law School professor and retired NYPD detective who is African American, will share his perspective on tragedies that inspired protests from coast to coast in Framing the Events of Ferguson and Staten Island: A Constructive Conversation, a talk at Klapper Hall, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, on February 9 from 12:15 to 1:30 pm. Then he will field questions from the audience.

Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, a documentary that will be screened at Campbell Hall on February 11 from 12:15 to 1:30 pm, explores the ways the African-American experience was shaped by photography, whether used as an instrument of oppression or a tool for social change.

Last month, Moshe Shur, QC adjunct lecturer of history and a veteran of voter registration drives in South Carolina, took a diverse group of 18 students to Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham, Alabama. They will describe their experiences by presenting In the Footsteps of Dr. King at the Student Union, Room 310, on February 18 from 12 noon to 2 pm.

Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela are revered both as performers and as political activists in their native South Africa. 20 Years of Freedom, their concert at LeFrak Concert Hall on February 18 from 7:30 to 9 pm, will celebrate the end of apartheid in their homeland and inaugurate their first joint tour.

All of these events are open to the public; most are free of charge.


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