February 24, 2016
James Farmer Multicultural Center
Cultural Programming and Collaborations Report
Black History Month Celebration –February 2016
- The successful implementation of the 2016 Black History Month Celebration involved the collaboration of the Planning Committee, the JFMC, BSA, and several other departments and student organizations on campus. In addition, a few of the programs involved local community organizations and agencies, such as Virginia Organizing.
- The theme for the month was “Many Memories, One Voice”. Each program was designed to reflect the theme in one aspect or another. The goal of the Black History Month Celebration was to honor, celebrate, and educate everyone about the contributions of African Americans to American history and culture. The month-long celebration included a social justice discussion, lectures, film and discussion programs, cultural and musical events representative of the Black cultures, as well as four meals in the University Center Dining Hall highlighting cuisines of various Black cultures. The keynote program featured Mr. Rasheed Cromwell, who is the president and founder of the Harbor Institute, an educational consulting firm committed to partnering with institutions to achieve student success. Cromwell is a nationally-known trainer and consultant regarding culturally-based leadership. The topic of his presentation was “Black Lives Matter: Reality vs Perception.”
- Co-sponsored program with Dr. Chris Foss, professor in the department of English, Linguistics, and Communication on a lecture, “Cyborg, Social Death, and Black Disability: Exploring the Intersection of Race and Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives,” on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in Combs Hall, room 139.
- Program support with Dr. Kristin Marsh, associate professor in the department of Sociology and Anthropology, on an Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society lecture, “Lower Ed: Corporatization of Higher Education in an Unequal Society,” on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in Lee Hall, room 411.
- Program support with Dr. William Crawley, director of Great Lives and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, on The Hirschler Fleischer as part of the Great Lives Series, “Jesse Owens,” on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall.
- Support Program with Dr. Doug Gately, senior lecturer in the Music department, on “UMW Jazz Night,” on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pollard Recital Hall, room 304.
- Support Program with Dr. William Crawley, director of Great Lives and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, on a Great Lives Lecture Series, “Ethel Payne,” presented by James McGrath Morris on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall.