Black History Month

New College of Florida is hosting a variety of events in observance of Black History Month.

  • Black History Month Events 2020

    Drumming Workshop

    Thu Jan 30 2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Known extensively in Puerto Rico’s Afro-Puerto Rican and...

    Drumming Workshop

    Fri Jan 31 2020 12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Known extensively in Puerto Rico’s Afro-Puerto Rican and...

    Sur La Bay Festival

    Sat Feb 1 2020 3:00pm to 10:00pm

    Come one and all to the Sur La Bay Festival. This event kicks...

    African Diaspora Film Festival

    Tue Feb 4 2020 6:30pm to 9:00pm

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco tells a story of...

    Open Mic Night featuring Matthew “Cuban” Hernandez

    Fri Feb 7 2020 6:30pm to 9:30pm

    Matthew ‘Cuban’ Hernandez is a poet,...

    New Schools of Black Thought Symposium: Systemic Injustice & the Meaning of Citizenship in America’s Democracy

    Sat Feb 8 2020 10:00am to 9:00pm

    New Schools of Black Thought is an annual Black History Month...

    African Diaspora Film Festival

    Tue Feb 11 2020 6:30pm to 9:30pm

    Black Klansman is loosely based on the true events surrounding...

    Communities in Transit

    Wed Feb 12 2020 5:30pm to 6:30pm

    Dr. Camilla Hawthorne, assistant professor of Sociology at the...

    Bravado Magenta

    Tue Feb 18 2020 6:30pm to 9:30pm

    Bravado Magenta is a deep journey into body politics and...

    Lost and Found: The Puzzles of Translating African Fiction

    Thu Feb 20 2020 5:30pm to 7:00pm

    This Campus Conversation is hosted by Dr. Amy Reid. Email...

    Black Literature Read-in featuring Tyree Worthy

    Tue Feb 25 2020 10:30am to 1:00pm

    All are welcome to come and read a passage of their favorite...

    Curation and Community Development: A Conversation with Tyree Worthy

    Tue Feb 25 2020 6:30pm to 8:30pm

    Tyree Worthy will facilitate a workshop about curation and...

    From Suffragettes to Voters: Black Women Creating a Powerful Path

    Thu Feb 27 2020 6:30pm to 8:30pm

    The Living While Black Project/Black Suffragist Project...

    Film Screening and Dialogue with Jana Pareigis, Afro-German Journalist

    Fri Feb 28 2020 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    This documentary film “Afro.Germany” focuses on...

    Dances of the African Diaspora

    Sat Feb 29 2020 11:45am to 12:45pm

    Dr. Queen Meccasia Zabriskie teaches African Dance off campus....

Black History Month at New College

New College’s annual Black History Month program rallies the campus community as we celebrate and explore the rich history, culture, and contemporary realities of Black people and communities. As an annual program, Black History Month at New College intentionally focuses on Black communities in the United States and abroad in order to highlight the complexity and multiplicity of blackness and Black experiences.

Established by the visionary work of Dr. Queen Zabriskie and four undergraduate students– Nasib McIntosh, Donovan Brown, Paul Loriston, and the late Ijeoma Uzoukwu–, the inaugural Black History Month program took place in February 2015. Working together, these individuals addressed a need on campus to illuminate, preserve, increase information about Black life for the campus community.

Since then, the committee has grown to consist of students, staff, faculty, and administrators who collaborate to bring the design and implementation of the program to life! The pillars of the annual programming include the Black Arts and Performance series, the Conversations on Race and Ethnicity public lecture series, the African Diaspora Film Festival, the Black Literature Read-in, the New Schools of Black Thought Symposium, and a display in the Jane Bancroft Cook Library. Additionally, the committee arranges opportunities to serve the surrounding community in partnership with various local schools and organizations. All events are appropriate for community members of any age and of many different interests. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

This year’s events are being sponsored by Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Humanities Division, the Social Sciences Division, and Sociology discipline at New College of Florida; the Andrew Mellon Foundation: New College Connecting the Arts and Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast Grant; the Andrew Mellon Foundation: New College and the CCA in the Community Grant; New Music New College; and the Manasota Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.