Black History Month

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

Black History Month 2018

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

Black History Month Committee Presents: Conversations on Race and Ethnicity

Thursday, Feb. 1 | Noon to 1 p.m.
New College of Florida Ace Lounge
The Black History Month planning committee presents “Conversations on Race and Ethnicity.” This event, featuring Dr. Tracy Collins and Dr. Cheryl Smith, will focus on entrepreneurship, specifically examining the history of African American women entrepreneurs as well as the contemporary challenges to and possibilities for entrepreneurship in the black community. This event is being sponsored by the New College of Florida Student Government Association. This event is free and open to the public.

Black History Month Committee Presents: Afro-Latinx Film Festival: They Are We

Saturday, Feb. 3 | 7-9 p.m.
Black Box Theater
The Black History Month planning committee presents “Afro-Latinx Film Festival: They Are We.” Join us for a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary film that uses dance and music to tell the story of an Afro-Cuban family determined to find their roots. This event is free and open to the public. This event is being sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant and the Sarasota Film Festival.

Black History Month Committee Presents: Afro-Latinx Film Festival: Pelo Malo

Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 7-9 p.m.
Black Box Theater
The Black History Month planning committee presents “Afro-Latinx Film Festival: Pelo Malo.” Join us for a screening of this Venezuelan film that explores race and sexuality with the story of Junior, a 9-year old boy who becomes obsessed with straightening his hair. This event is free and open to the public. This event is being sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant and the Sarasota Film Festival.

Million Hoodies West Coast Chapter and Black History Month Committee Presents: There is a Field Residency

Monday through Friday, Feb. 5-9 | Times to be announced
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center
“There is a Field,” a play by Jen Marlowe, tells the story of Aseel, a 17-year old Palestinian killed by Israeli police. This event is being sponsored by the New College of Florida Student Government Association and Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center.

Black History Month Committee and the Gender Studies Program Presents: Feminist Fridays Featuring Ansley Jones

Friday, Feb. 9 | Noon to 1 p.m.
ACE Lounge
Join New College for its weekly Feminist Friday. This Friday, scholar, hip-hop artist and feminist Ansley Jones has been invited to speak on her work, feminism and the intersections of this with her artistry. This event is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Grant and the Gender Studies Program. This event is free and open to the public.

Black History Month Committee Presents: Open Mic Night

Friday, Feb. 9 | 7-9 p.m.
Four Winds Cafe
The Black History Month committee presents its annual “Open Mic Night” at the Four Winds Cafe. Enjoy food and refreshments as an open mic will be set up for poets, dancers, musicians and writers to perform any work centered on the focus of this year’s Black History Month: Black Joy! This event is free and open to the public. This event is being sponsored by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Black History Month Committee Presents: Environmental Justice Symposium

Saturday, Feb. 10 | Noon to 6 p.m.
Jane Bancroft Cook Library
The Black History Month committee presents its annual Symposium. Guest speakers from activists to scholars to figures both in and out of the Sarasota community will be invited to speak on several panels centered on the struggle for Environmental Justice in locally and globally. Food and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. This event is being sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant and the New College of Florida Council on Green Affairs.

For more information about this event and to register for this symposium, click here.

Million Hoodies West Coast Chapter and Black History Month Committee Presents: This is A Field Performance (TIAF)

Saturday, Feb. 10 | 8 p.m.
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center
Join the Million Hoodies West Coast Chapter for a reading of “There is a Field,” a play by Jen Marlowe that tells the story of Aseel, a 17-year old Palestinian killed by Israeli police. The reading of this play will be followed by a discussion of police brutality and violence. This event is free and open to the public. This event is being sponsored by the New College of Florida Student Government Association and the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center.

Black History Month Committee Presents: African Diaspora Dance Workshop

Sunday, Feb. 11 | Noon to 1:30 p.m.
College Hall Music Room
Join Ansley Jones, as she leads a dance workshop in celebration of Black History Month and surrounding the theme of “Black Joy.” This event is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Grant. This event is free and open to the public.

Million Hoodies West Coast Chapter and Black History Month Committee Presents: This is A Field Performance (TIAF)

Saturday, Feb. 10 | 2 p.m.
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center
Join the Million Hoodies West Coast Chapter for a reading of “There is a Field,” a play by Jen Marlowe that tells the story of Aseel, a 17-year old Palestinian killed by Israeli police. The reading of this play will be followed by a discussion of police brutality and violence. This event is free and open to the public. This event is being sponsored by the New College of Florida Student Government Association and the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center.

Black History Month Presents: Afro-Latinx Film Festival “Nana Dijo”

Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 6-7 p.m.
Black Box Theater
The Black History Month planning committee presents “Afro-Latinx Film Festival: Nana Dijo.” Join us for a screening of this film that explores race relations and black identity through first-person narratives in Mexico, Honduras, Argentina, Uruguay and the United States. This event is free and open to the public. This event is being sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant and the Sarasota Film Festival.

The Black Student Union and the Black History Month Committee Presents: “Black Panther.”

Friday, Feb. 16 | Time: To be Announced
Hollywood 20 Theater in Downtown Sarasota
Join New College of Florida’s Black Student Union (BSU) for a screening of the Black Panther film at the Hollywood 20 Theater in Downtown Sarasota.

Black History Month Committee Presents: A Night at the Theatre

Saturday, Feb. 17 | 8 p.m.
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe theater
Join the Black History Month planning committee for a showing of the play, Mountaintop, performed by the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe. The play, by Katori Hall, tells the fictionalized story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a Memphis hotel room, on his last night. For more information about this play, click here. This event is being sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant.

The Black Student Union and Black History Month Presents: As We Are New College Project

Sunday, Feb. 18 | Noon
Four Winds Cafe
The As We Are New College Project returns to host another photo shoot in celebration of Black History Month. This photo series by Giulia Heyward and in collaboration with the Black Student Union focuses on documenting the lived experiences of students of color attending a predominantly white institution. This event is free and open to the public and will take place in conjunction with the Black Alum Potluck Lunch. This event is being sponsored by the New College of Florida Student Government Association.

Black History Month Presents: Black Alum Potluck Lunch

Sunday, Feb. 18 | Noon
Four Winds Cafe
The Black History Month planning committee invites all black alums of the New College of Florida for a potluck style lunch. This event will take place during the Feb. 2018 Reunion Weekend for New College alums. This event is free and open to the public and will take place in conjunction with the As We Are New College Project. This event is being sponsored by the New College of Florida Student Government Association.

Black History Month Presents: “Passing.”

Monday, Feb. 19 | Time: To be Announced
Black Box Theater
The Black History Month planning committee will be hosting a performance of “Passing.” PASSING, an intriguing one-woman, 10-character show premiered to sold-out audiences off-Broadway. The play is inspired by the true story of Minerva Roulhac. Born in 1885 in Marianna, Florida, at the age of 5, Minerva was orphaned and raised in a close-knit African-American community. Because of her very light complexion, Minerva could have “passed” for white. This is the story of her remarkable choice.

This play will be followed by a courageous conversation about race in the U.S. This event is being sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant and the Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT). This event is free and open to the public.

Black History Month Presents: Afro-Latinx Film Festival – “Stones in the Sun.”

Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 6-8 p.m.
Black Box Theater
The Black History Month planning committee presents “Afro-Latinx Film Festival: Stones in the Sun.” Join us for a screening of of this Haitian film that follows immigrants that left in the middle of political unrest in their country. They struggle to stay connected to their heritage while attempting to make new lives in the United States. This event is free and open to the public. This event is being sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant and the Sarasota Film Festival.

Black History Month Presents: Black Literature Read-In and Ecstatic Wonder Art Collective Showcase

Thursday, Feb. 22 | 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Sainer Auditorium, 5213 Bay Shore Road
Join us for this annual event where we gather to read literary works produced by different black authors in the African Diaspora. This year’s event will feature staged performances of select literary texts. We will also showcase artwork submitted by students about the theme of Ecstatic Wonder. This event is being sponsored by the New College of Florida Student Government Association, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, and the New College of Florida Gender Studies program. This event is free and open to the public.

Black History Month Presents: Ecstatic Wonder Festival

Saturday, Feb. 24 | 7-10 p.m.
New College of Florida Bayfront
Join us for this outdoor concert and festival featuring local and national artists as well as local vendors. This festival will feature performances by a Miami-based artist “Sekajipo ForthePeople,” Tampa-based dance group “Kuumba Dancers and Drummers,” and other music and dance artists. This festival will also feature dance and hip-hop performances by students from New College of Florida and other local schools. This event is being sponsored by the New College of Florida Student Government Association and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant. This event is free and open to the public.

Black History Month Presents: Conversation on Race and Ethnicity

Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
ACE Lounge
In this final “Conversation on Race and Ethnicity” and event for the month, we will focus on community health and well-being, with Dr. Kyaien Connor, Dr. Judith Samuel, and Dr. Lisa Merritt. This event is being sponsored by the New College of Florida Student Government Association. This event is free and open to the public.