Student Organizations at Trinity College Hosting Black History Month Events

Discussions, Performances, Film Screenings, and More Continue Throughout February

​Hartford, Connecticut, February 7, 2017 – Many student organizations at Trinity College are hosting events throughout February in observance of Black History Month. These events include panel discussions, performances, film screenings, dinners, and other special programs.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (S.A.I.L.) have been working with student organizations to schedule programs that encourage open discussion and education about a variety of topics.

“For this year's observation and celebration of Black History Month, student leaders – in consultation with the Office of Multicultural Affairs – have decided to highlight the tremendous diversity within the Black experience in America and beyond through lifting up the theme, ‘Breaking Boundaries,’” said Karla Spurlock-Evans, dean of multicultural affairs.

Carol T. Correa de Best, associate director of multicultural affairs, added, “We hope that, taken together, the variety of events planned for this month will illustrate the importance of freeing ourselves to engage authentically and fully with one another by stepping outside the boxes imposed by political systems as well as social and cultural norms – by defying boundaries of race, gender and gender-identity, nationality, religion, and sexual orientation.”

Trinity students who helped organize the events look forward to celebrating intersectionality and diversity during Black History Month. Kendall Mitchell ’17, cultural house coordinator for Umoja House and president of the Trinity College Black Women’s Organization (TCBWO), said, “We are having events focusing on things such as the intersectionality between being Black and a member of the LGBT community, being Black and an immigrant, or one who identifies as Afro-Latinx. It has also been a pleasure for the six Black organizations on campus to collaborate and unite to celebrate our culture and history.”

The month of programs kicked off on Wednesday, February 1, with a Liberation Celebration in the Washington Room of Mather Hall. The dinner welcomed the campus community to celebrate the freedom movements of people of African descent. It was sponsored by Imani: the Black Student Union, the Caribbean Student Association, La Voz Latina, the Men of Color Alliance (MOCA), the Trinity African Student Association (TASA), and the Trinity College Black Women’s Organization (TCBWO).

Below is a calendar of Black History Month events scheduled at Trinity College:

 

What About a Head Wrap?

Wednesday, February 8, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Umoja House, 72 Vernon Street

Sponsored by TCBWO (Trinity College Black Women’s Organization) and TASA (Trinity African Students Association).

 

**EVENT POSTPONED** What Drives You? How I Overcame Abuse & Learned to Lead in the NBA

Thursday, February 9, 12:15 – 1:20 p.m., Washington Room

Lecture by Keyon Dooling (right), formerly of the Boston Celtics

Sponsored by WGRAC (Women & Gender Resource Action Center), co-sponsored by Ferris Athletic Center, Dean of Students, Dean of Faculty, Bantam Network, TCBWO, P.R.I.D.E, MAC, Masculinity Group, SECS, Multicultural Affairs, Imani, WGRAC, S.A.I.L., and the Counseling Center.

 

Screenings of Fences

February 10-11: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Cinestudio

The film features Oscar nominees actor/director Denzel Washington and actress Viola Davis.


Annual 90s R&B Party

Friday, February 10, 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., Washington Room, Mather Hall

Sponsored by TCBWO (Trinity College Black Women’s Organization), Imani (the Black Student Union), and MOCA (Men of Color Alliance).

 

Love Jones: Open Mic Night

Tuesday, February 14, 7:00 p.m., Terrace Rooms, Mather Hall

Sponsored by Imani (the Black Student Union).

 

Screening of MOOZ-lum (2011)

Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 p.m., McCook Auditorium

Followed by a dialogue with writer and director Qasim Basir (right)

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, American Studies, Center for Urban and Global Studies, Trinity College Chapel, History, International Studies, Political Science, and Sociology.

 

Screenings of Fences

February 16-18, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Cinestudio

The film features Oscar nominees actor/director Denzel Washington and actress Viola Davis.

 

Café Con Leche on African and Latino Culture

Friday, February 17, 5:00 p.m., La Eracra

Sponsored by La Voz Latina (LVL)

 

First Annual Black Expo

Wednesday, February 22, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Washington Room, Mather Hall

Sponsored by TCBWO (Trinity College Black Women’s Organization), Imani, TASA (Trinity African Students Association), MOCA (Men of Color Alliance), LVL (La Voz Latina), and CSA (Caribbean Studies Association.

 

Screenings of Loving

February 23-25, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Cinestudio

A fictionalized account of the struggles and triumph of Mildred and Richard Loving, a couple arrested in 1958 for challenging Virginia’s laws banning interracial marriage.  The film stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, who received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. 

 

Carnival Couture

Saturday, February 25, 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., Washington Room

Sponsored by CSA (Caribbean Studies Association).

 

Black History Month: Chapel Service

Sunday, February 26, 12:30 p.m., Trinity College Chapel

 

Film Screening of Black Womyn: Conversations with Lesbians of African Descent

Sunday, February 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Umoja House, 72 Vernon Street

Sponsored by Umoja, La Eracra Cultural House Coordinators, and EROS (Encouraging Respect of Sexualities, Trinity’s Gay/Straight Alliance). 


Screenings of Moonlight

February 26-28, Sunday, 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Monday, 7:30 p.m.;  Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Cinestudio

The Oscar-nominated film is about navigating life as a young black child, teenager and man. Written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on the play by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Starring Mahershala Ali, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Janelle Monae and Naomie Harris.

Minorities in STEM

Monday, February 27, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Terrace Rooms B&C, Mather Hall

Sponsored by MOCA (Men of Color Alliance) and TASA (Trinity African Students Association).

 

Black History Month Closing Dinner

Tuesday, February 28, 5:00 p.m., Terrace Rooms B&C, Mather Hall

Elizabeth Lyra Ross-Norman ’74 (pictured at right) will sing at the event’s opening. Ross-Norman, originally from Detroit, Michigan, was a member of the second class of female graduates from Trinity. She did graduate study at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. Since completing her enlistment with The United States Army Band and Chorus, her international career has included the opera roles of Aida, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, and both Bess and Serena in Porgy and Bess.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs
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