NCF’s Black History Month Goes Vir(tu)al

February 2021


This February, power up your computers and join New College of Florida for Black History Month workshops, events and performances.

Unless otherwise noted all events are free and open to the public.

Week 1: February 1st – 6th

Community Service Conversations (CSC)

Wed, Feb. 3  1:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event 

The CSC program connects New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, SCF, and USFSM students in learning, sharing, and serving virtually with community partners. For Black History month we will be focusing on ways in which we can honor, support, and serve the Black Lives Matter movement. We hope you can join us!

sur la bay virtual celebration

Fri, Feb. 5  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP Here for Link!


The Sur La Bay Music Festival will bring artist performances and workshops into your living room.
A virtual celebration of Black music and culture, Sur La Bay Music Festival kicks off the Black History Month program at New College of Florida with an event full of joy! This festival will feature hip-hop, neo-soul, afro-punk, and percussive music artists as well as a dj spinning the latest dance music. Artists include: Greg Banks, Undine Shorey, Karim Manning, Hugo Viera – Vargas, and DJ KDubbz.

We will post the full schedule closer to the event.

Week 2: February 7th – 13th

Conversations on Race and Ethnicity: “A heritage of struggle on the florida gulf coast from angola to newtown, and beyond” with Dr. Uzi Baram

Mon, Feb. 8  6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP for Link

Our present is haunted by the silences of the past. Confronting racism and sexism through archival, archaeological, and oral history investigations has brought forward remarkable histories of freedom for the region around New College of Florida. This presentation surveys research and observations from the early 19th century marronage of Angola on the Manatee River through the mid-20th century fight for civil rights at Lido Beach. Across the Florida Gulf Coast is a heritage of Black struggle that built communities and can inspire the present, as it becomes better known.

Uzi Baram
, Professor of Anthropology, has been a faculty at New College for more than two decades. Courses include
Method and Theory in Archaeology, Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective, Colonial Encounters, Ancient North America, and Heritage: History and the Past Today. Research interests include the politics of the past, cultural heritage and rising sea levels, and anthropological critiques of racism. Professor Baram has published on the archaeology of the Ottoman Empire, the intersections of art and artifacts, heritage tourism, and the historical archaeology of Florida. As Director of the New College Public Archaeology Lab, Professor Baram offers a radical openness for public archaeology, partnering with local and descendant communities to reveal and understand the past in southwest Florida and providing research opportunities for all students at New College.

ACHE: “Health Disparities and Creative Interventions: A Conversation with Dr. Lisa Merritt”

Mon, Feb. 9  2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP For Link

Join Dr. Lisa Merritt as she discusses the yearlong community based COVID-19 intervention that the Multicultural Health Institute (MHI) engaged in to address the COVID-19 pandemic. MHI’s intervention responded to disparities in the impact of the COVID-19 virus on Black and Latinx communities. Through a creative, community based strategy, MHI has build a network of individuals and organizations that has help countless people in the community and saved many lives.


Lisa Merritt, MD
obtained her medical degree from Howard University after completing undergraduate studies at Georgetown University with honors. She underwent training in family and community medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, and completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the National Medical Association, American College for Advancement in Medicine, the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the American Academy of Pain Management. In 1995 she founded and remains Executive Director of a non-profit organization, the Multicultural Health Institute, to address racial and ethnic health inequities and to recruit and mentor future health leaders. She has been recognized by multiple organizations locally and nationally for outstanding commitment and service in the development of community programs, and health policy related to multicultural health issues. In addition, Dr. Merritt is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New College of Florida and a former Director of Care Coordination for Chronic Conditions for MCR Health Services.

This event is sponsored by The Arts + Community + Health + Education seminars. These seminars inform the community about individuals working in these fields in order to increase awareness of opportunities. Support for this event was provided by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

BLACK EUROPe: “Introduction & FIlm Screening of Asmarina (2015)” 

Directed by Medihin Paolos and Alan Maglio  Length: 69 min
Tues, Feb. 9  5:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event

Asmarina depicts the presence of the habesha community of Ethiopians and Eritreans in the city of Milan, Italy through the collective memories of the community recorded in personal archives through photographs, music, and stories.

Dr. Wendy Sutherland, Associate Professor of German, Black European and Diaspora Studies, will introduce this film. The film will be available on demand after the initial screening. 

Community Service Conversations (CSC)

Wed, Feb. 10  1:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event 

The CSC program connects New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, SCF, and USFSM students in learning, sharing, and serving virtually with community partners. For Black History month we will be focusing on ways in which we can honor, support, and serve the Black Lives Matter movement. We hope you can join us!

BLACK EUROPe: “Discussion with Asmarina (2015) film maker, Medhin Paolos” 

Thurs, Feb. 11  4:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP Here

Medhin Paolos is a filmmaker, photographer, musician, and social justice activist. Her first film was Asmarina (2015), co-directed with Alan Maglio. For ten years (1999-2009) Paolos was part of the folk-electronic band Fiamma Fumana. Paolos is the co-founder of the Milano chapter of Rete G2 (Second Generation Network), a national organization that promotes the human and civil rights of children of immigrants in Italy. She has been awarded Fellowships at MIT, Wellesley, and Harvard University.  Currently, she is conceptualizing an educational platform to bring forth a plurality of voices, histories, and cultures through media and artistic interventions.

 

New Schools of Black Thought Symposium @ New College of Florida: Black Lives Still Matter!

This year’s symposium centers on the theme “Black Lives Still Matter!” To honor the realities of screen fatigue, we will space the events out over two days. As always, our symposium will connect artists, academics, and activists for deep conversation. The symposium will feature a keynote address, two panels, and an Open Mic night. One panel will focus on the local movements against police brutality, and the other on school discipline.

RSVP HERE TO ACCESS SYMPOSIUM EVENTS

Keynote Presentation: “Justice and the Politics of Care” with Dr. Deva woodly

Fri, Feb. 12  6:00 p.m. EST 

The Movement for Black Lives is not only a social movement that seeks to end the lethal harm perpetrated by police and other disciplining apparatus of the state, it also offers a political philosophy that invites us to reconsider what constitutes justice and how we might achieve it. In this talk, Dr. Woodly explore the ways that the movement offers a guiding political philosophy that teaches us how to treat people as though they matter, providing us with a perspective that could be era-defining, if we chose to embrace it. 


Deva R. Woodly, PhD
 is an Associate Professor of Politics at the New School. She is the author of The Politics of Common Sense: How Social Movements Use Public Discourse to Change Politics and Win Acceptance (Oxford 2015). She has also held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton as well as the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. Her research covers a variety of topics, from media & communication, to political understandings of economics, to race & imagination, & social movements. In each case, she focuses on the impacts of public discourse on the political understandings of social and economic issues as well as how those common understandings change democratic practice and public policy. Her process of inquiry is inductive, moving from concrete, real-world conditions to the conceptual implications of those realities. In all cases, she centers the perspective of ordinary citizens and political challengers with an eye toward how the demos impacts political action and shapes political possibilities. Her current book projects are Reckoning:#BlackLivesMatter and the Democratic Necessity of Social Movements, an examination of the ways that social movements re-politicize public life in times of political despair and What We Talk About When We Talk About the Economy, a broad investigation of American economic discourse and its implications for politics and policy in the post-Great Recession era. 


Panel events

Sat, Feb. 13  11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Welcome
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. 

Introduction
11:10-11:40 a.m.

Video:  “Why Cops Shoot: Natasha Clemons, ‘Five years fighting'”
11:40-11:50 a.m.

Panel 1: Local Movements for Justice
11:50 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.


Panelists:

  • Deidra Larkins – Black Lives Matter, Sarasota-Manatee
  • Ruth Beltran – ANSWER-Suncoast
  • Richie Floyd – Bay Area Dream Defenders
  • Layla Vincent-Brown – Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, UMass-Boston


Break – 15 min
1:10 – 1:25 p.m.

Panel 2: Black Lives Matter at School
1:25 – 2:40 p.m.

Panelists:

  • Awo Okaikor Aryee-Price
  • Angela Harris
  • Ismael Jimenez
  • Lisa Covington

Open Mic Night

Sat, Feb. 13  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST

Lo-Fi Language Academy Workshop with alums Miles Iton, Naimul Chowdhury, Donovan Brown, and Eileen Calub
Hip-Hop and Youth Empowerment

Week 3: February 14th – 20th

Ms. Valerie Buchand Speaks about Newtown 

Mon, Feb. 15  6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP Here

Join New College in welcoming Ms. Valerie Buchand on speaking about the history and present of Newtown. Ms. Val manages the Newtown Farmers Market, works with Newtown Nation, and so much more. We hope to see you there!

Community Service Conversations (CSC) 

Wed, Feb. 17  1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP Here

The CSC program connects New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, SCF, and USFSM students in learning, sharing, and serving virtually with community partners. For Black History month we will be focusing on ways in which we can honor, support, and serve the Black Lives Matter movement. We hope you can join us!

Healing writing workshop: “Writing for the resistance: a writing Salon” w/ Dr. Emily Carr 

Wed, Feb. 17  5:00 – 6:30 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP Here

In this writing salon, we’ll explore ways to creatively process what you’ve learned in the other Black History Month events you’ve attended, express feelings (like anger, rage, grief, fear, and anxiety) that make you feel uncomfortable, and use language as a tool for resistance.

In a lecture at the Free University in Berlin in April 1984 , to her seminar on Black Women’s Poetry, Audre Lorde once argued that: Poetry is perhaps the most subversive form of art there is because it intends to bring about change. Change in the deepest sense, which is concerned with feelings. Poetry comes out of feelings. It works with feelings, and it alters the very essence of our lives. Anything less than that is not poetry… Poetry helps bring shape to our visions of the future. Whether our visions agree is less important than us having a concept. If we are to have a concept, it must be of something that has not yet been, because obviously what we have has not gotten us very far. We are in the most dangerous times in human history, so there must be another way. Poetry begins to construct paths out of our dreams and hopes, out of our fears.    

Together, we’ll talk about strategies for constructing paths out of our dreams and hopes, out of our fears. We’ll share our visions of the future, and explore tools for shaping those visions on the page, as well as ways language can help us to bring about change in the deepest sense, which starts with our deepest feelings.

This salon is open to writers of all levels and experience; it is also open to folks who don’t self-identify as writers and who are curious about the ways language can nourish their endeavors both on and off the page. I’ll offer guided writing exercises and we’ll spend some time writing together and talking about our writing. Sharing is encouraged but optional; I welcome all forms of participation, even and especially listening.

Dr. Carr was the program director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Oregon State University-Cascades. Emily’s fourth book, Name Your Bird Without A Gun: a Tarot Romance, is forthcoming from Spork in 2019. Recent literary magazine publications include poems in Prairie Schooner, So To Speak, and the Tampa Review and an essay in The American Poetry Review.

Campus Conversations: “Black Abolitionists and the politics of Race in the antebellum US” w/ Dr. Michael Gorup

Thurs, Feb. 18  6:00 – 7:30 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP Here

It is today widely understood that ‘race’ is a product of society and not a fact of nature. But where did this idea come from? In this campus conversation, we will explore the ideas of the Black abolitionists David Walker (1796-1830) and Hosea Easton (1798-1837). More than a century before the emergence of the notion of a ‘social construction,’ these authors developed arguments fiercely rejecting naturalistic understandings of race. They instead suggested that the answer to the ‘puzzle’ of racial difference lay in politics, not nature.

With a Ph.D. in Government and a BA in Philosophy, Dr. Gorup teaches courses on U. S. Constitutional Law and Freedom and Slavery in U. S. Political Thought. His current research project examines how and why the language of popular sovereignty has been mobilized to both entrench and contest racial hierarchy across the history of American political thought. Prior to joining the New College faculty, he taught in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tie Dye Masks – (ONLY for NCF students)

Thur, Feb. 18  11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST  l  Z-Green 

Come out and tie dye some masks! We will be donating all the masks to Newtown Farmers Market and the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex. See you there!

“My Mother was a Freedom Fighter”: A poetry reading and discussion by Aja monet

Fri, Feb. 19  7:00 – 8:30 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP Here

Artistic Statement: i was raised in the artistic legacy of poets engaged in social movements. over the years ive mentored and worked with many organizations and artists. i co-founded Smokes Signals Studio as an effort to strategize in community on how we could integrate art into our organizing strategies and encourage artists to see themselves as cultural workers. as we focus on providing direct services and meeting the material needs in our communities, there are real and vital immaterial needs of our people. the spirit and soul hungers for authenticity, connection, and purpose.

a poet’s power is in our abilities to tell the truth and use everything in our poetic arsenal to shift the conditions of the poor, abused, and oppressed. to balance the scales of justice. language and literature liberates. it transforms imagination and therein reality.

inspired by June Jordan’s revolutionary blueprint, i facilitate workshops in collaboration with Dream Defenders and Community Justice Project in South Florida and founded “Voices: Poetry for the People.”

i believe in social poetics. how we live and love is how we write our collective poem. writing a poem is organizing, too. the words must move us.

solidarity is crucial to our survival. we, us, ours, they.

who we write with and for becomes who we laugh and cry with. shared joy, visions, and values informs the personal and it is political.

tell the truth. make the words come alive and do.

there are many ways to be contribute and participate.

be in community with one another. collaborate with local organizations and help shift the culture.

be magic.

 Black Literature and Music Listen-In:
Black Lives Matter Takeover on the Radio

Produced by Danielle Campbell, New College of Florida Student

Saturday, February 20
RSVP Here

Join Danielle Campbell, students, and community members as they read from Black literature and poetry. 2020 highlighted the ongoing struggles Black Americans face in obtaining truly equal and equitable civil rights and freedoms in the United States. We want to recognize the power of our voice as a collective and to show support for Black communities. As the month of February rolls around, we are excited to celebrate the influence of Black culture on the history of the United States. From music and literature to food; from the creation of peanut butter to the invention of the mailbox… Black culture has brought much to our society.

“The soundtrack of pan-africanism” Produced by Dr. Errol Montes-pizarro  i  2:00 p.m. EST 

This program will highlight the construction of the idea of “Africa” as an encompassing unit through musical genres that combine elements of various musical cultures of the continent without belonging exclusively to any of them. The program suggests that this culturally base Pan Africanism served as a foundation for political and philosophical Pan Africanism. However, it also had its own development that diverged from the explicitly political Pan-Africanism proposed by the movement’s founding theorists at the turn of the twenty century.


Errol L. Montes Pizarro
is a native of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Cornell University in 1998. Currently, he is a mathematics professor and an affiliated researcher of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute of the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus. In addition to his research in mathematics, he also studies the history of Afro-descendant music with an emphasis on the continuous exchanges between Africa and Afro-Caribbean cultures. Since October 2001, he has been producing the program Rumba Africana for Radio Universidad de Puerto Rico.


“My sisters’ Keeper” Produced by Queen Meccasia zabriskie, Asmaa’a zabriskie, and queen precious-jewel zabriskie

Join Queen Meccasia Zabriskie, Asmaa’a Zabriskie, and Queen Precious-Jewel Zabriskie as they play music and muse about Black joy and healing. Dr. Queen Meccasia Zabriskie is a mother, dancer, anti-racist organizer, dynamic educator, and co-author of Black Theater Is Black Life: An Oral History of Chicago Theater and Dance, 1970-2010. She is a trainer and organizer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, co-founder of the Sarasota Anti-Racism Working Group, and a professor at New College of Florida. Queen Precious-Jewel Zabriskie is a culinary creative genius as well as the owner, CEO, and Executive Chef of Indulge Catering, LLC in Durham, North Carolina. Asmaa’a Zabriskie is a dynamic professional singer; owner of a natural health and wellness business called, Return 2 Pachamama; and a vegan cookbook author whose new book, Veggiegasms, is currently available.

Week 4: February 21st – 28th

“Suffrage as activism: black women’s movements for civil rights” w/ Dr. Janaka Bowman Lewis

Mon, Feb. 22  6:30 – 8:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP for Link

This talk will discuss Black women’s social, political, and literary efforts in the nineteenth century that led up to their involvement in Civil Rights efforts in the twentieth century.  Highlighting such women as Maria Stewart, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Anna Julia Cooper, and Ida B. Wells Barnett, I argue that the movement for suffrage began for Black women long before they were considered part of larger political processes as they identified relevant issues for Black women. I will discuss their oral and written platforms and participation in formal and community educational processes as the foundations that these women used to circulate social issues and then shape solutions for change.


Janaka Bowman Lewis, Ph.D
is an associate professor of English, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program, and faculty affiliate in the Department of Africana Studies at UNC Charlotte. She teaches courses on 19th and 20th century African American women’s literature and African American archival and material culture.  She is the author of Freedom Narratives of African American Women (McFarland 2017), two children’s books, and is currently at work on a monograph, “Freedom to Play:  Black Girlhood and Narratives of Liberation,” that focuses on the significance of representations of African American girls and social engagement in literature from Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl to Angie Thomas’ 2017 novel The Hate U Give.

“BlaCk Futures for Black Healing”:  A workshop by Alisha Womsley

Tues, Feb. 23  6:30 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP Here

Alisha B. Wormsley is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer. Her work is about collective memory and the synchronicity of time, specifically through the stories of women of color. Wormsley’s work has been honored and supported with a number of awards and grants to support programs: The People Are The Light ( part of the Hillman Photography Initiative), afronaut(a) film and performance series, Homewood Artist Residency (recently received the mayor’s public art award), the Children of NAN film series and archive, There Are Black People in the Future body of work. These projects and works have exhibited widely. Namely, the Andy Warhol Museum, Octavia Butler conference at Spelman University, Carnegie Museum of Art, Johannesburg SA, Studio XX in Montreal, Project Row House, the Houston Art League, Rush Art gallery in NY, the Charles Wright museum in Detroit and most recently the Mattress Factory.  Currently working on: a public park design around community and sustainable water, a temporary installation in Pittsburgh’s Market square, and creating a public program to put her  text “There Are Black People In the Future” in residence to open up discourse around displacement and gentrification. Wormsley has an MFA in Film and Video from Bard College and was awarded the Postdoctoral Research fellowship in art at Carnegie Mellon University. 
For more info visit her website: https://alishabwormsley.com/

african diaspora film festival: introduction and screening of sembene! 

Wed, Feb. 24  5:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP Here

Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman, Sembene! 2015. (89 min.)
The film focuses on the life of Senegalese filmmaker Ousame Sembème, the father of African cinema and tells the story of the self-taught novelist and filmmaker based on Samba Gadjigo’s biography of Sembène.
 
Dr. Wendy Sutherland, Associate Professor of German, Black European and Diaspora Studies, will introduce this film. The film will be available on demand after the initial screening.

Community Service Conversations (CSC)

Wed, Feb. 24  1:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP Here

The CSC program connects New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, SCF, and USFSM students in learning, sharing, and serving virtually with community partners. For Black History month we will be focusing on ways in which we can honor, support, and serve the Black Lives Matter movement. We hope you can join us!

A creative Workshop for healing facilitated by Radiah Harper at Health and Wellness LLC

Thur, Feb. 25  6:00 – 7:30 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP Here

Capped at 25 participants.


Radiah
is an artist and spiritual activist who engages the imagination and asks a person to discover and cultivate their inner resources through thoughts, feelings, and actions. Using creativity and intuition to activate our inner compass we move towards a future we would want to manifest. Radiah has served in a leadership capacity in museums for more than 30 years. She held various roles in her career including Vice-Director for Education and Program Development, Brooklyn Museum, Deputy Director for Education, Museum of African Art, NYC, Executive Director, Museum for African American Art, Tampa, FL, and Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC. Radiah is currently guest curator for the exhibition, We Dream A World, African American Landscape Painters of Mid-Century Florida, The Highwaymen at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL.

Tie Dye Masks – (ONLY for NCF students)

Thur, Feb. 25  11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST  l  Z-Green 

Come out and tie dye some masks! We will be donating all the masks to Newtown Farmers Market and the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex. See you there!

Week 5: march 1st – 5th

Black Europe: “Film Introduction and Screening of Black Girl (1966)”

Directed by Ousmane Sembène  l  Length: 80 min
Mon, Mar 1  5:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event l  RSVP Coming Soon

A Senegalese woman named Diouana migrates to France to work as a maid for a rich white French couple with the expectation of improving her economic prospects, but instead is treated like a slave. This film was Senegalese director Ousame Sembène’s first full-length film.

Dr. Wendy Sutherland, Associate Professor of German, Black European and Diaspora Studies, will introduce this film. The film will be available on demand after the initial screening. 

BLACK EUROPe: Discussion with samba Gadjigo: Black Girl (1966) & Sembene! (2015)

Thurs, Mar 4  5:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP Here

Samba Gadjigo is a Professor of French at Mount Holyoke College. He was the recipient of the Mount Holyoke Faculty Award for Scholarship in 2016. His publications on francophone Africa include: Ousmane Sembène: Dialogue with Critics and Writers, Ousmane Sembène: Une conscience africaine, Ousmane Sembène: The Making of a Militant Artist. He also directed the documentary film, The Making of Moolaade and co-directed, Sembène!, receiving Best Documentary Award at the Emerge Film Festival in 2016 and the Jury Award at the Luxor, International Film Festival, Jury Award in 2017.

“Black Soul-Health and Spiritual Self-Care Through Racial Trauma” A workshop with Rev. Carla Christopher

Fri, Mar 5  7:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event RSVP Here

You are invited into an interactive gathering space to clear heart and mind as we transition from the rich learning space of Black History Month into the wider world of ongoing activism and survival. We will practice several types of centering prayer and grounding meditation inspired by various African traditions. We will name and build a deeper shared understanding of Racial Trauma and discuss specific strategies and resources for resilience. We will have the opportunity to name the challenges and pains of the past year and speak names of memory in a time of honoring our ancestors. All religious and spiritual traditions are welcome although we will be grounded in a pan-African context that centers the Black experience. 

The Rev. Carla Christopher Wilson is a poet-activist and an ordained minister in the ELCA Lutheran Church. She serves as Assistant to the Bishop in charge of Justice Ministries for the Central Pennsylvania region and a redevelopment pastor who trains congregations in cultural competency and outreach. A former caseworker and diversity, equity, and inclusion trainer, Carla is also trained as an interfaith crisis chaplain and has worked with Level-1 Trauma Centers to support families and individuals in crisis. Carla specializes in trauma-informed pastoral care with traditionally marginalized communities and faith-based justice activism through a culturally honoring lens.

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.