Reported by Jake Weber
ALBION, Mich. — Music dance, discussion and food are all part of Albion College’s Black History Month. This annual celebration of African-American heritage and culture is presented through several interesting and entertaining events, all open to the public. For more information, please email the Albion College Office of Intercultural Affairs at 517-629-0501.
Monday, February 5: Slam Poetry Night. Shihan and Taylor Mali showcase their slam poetry skills and anchor a night of spoken word. Along with the Malis, an open mic session is part of the excitement. 7 p.m., Kellogg Center
Thursday, February 8: “Jim Crow’s Last Stand: Detroit and America’s Unfinished Struggle for Racial Equality.” Albion’s 2007 Coy James Memorial lecture features Thomas J. Sugrue, the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the prize-winning book, “The Origin of the Urban Crisis, Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit.” 7 p.m., Bobbitt Auditorium
Thursday, February 15: Daughters in the Dust. This winner of the Sundance Film Festival Cinematography Award tells the story of the Peazant family and their home in a 1902 Gullah community located on an island off the coast of South Carolina. The Peazants, migrating from the islands to the mainland U.S., face the challenges of incorporating their cultural heritage into the mainstream culture. 8 p.m., Bobbitt, Auditorium
Monday, February 19. “Narrative on the Exploits of the Middle Passage.” Saleef Kafajouffe speaks about patterns of migration for African-Americans and issues of fragmentation of African cultures. A former professor and administrator at Olivet College, Kafajouffe is the principal of Sankofa Shule Academy in Lansing. 7 p.m., Stockwell-Mudd Library Wendell-Will Room
Wednesday, February 22: "Ghosts of Rwanda." A powerful and alarming film examining genocide in Africa, intended for mature audiences only. 6:30 p.m., Norris Center Towsley Hall
Friday, February 23: “Everybody Likes Saturday Night: Popular Music, Nightlife, and Gender in Urban Ghana, 1950s-1960s.” Fulbright scholar and African historian Nate Plageman discuss how urban nightlife in Ghana played a role in bringing about the era of West African independence. Noon, Olin Hall 112
Sunday, February 25: Taste of Blackness. This community-wide celebration is the traditional conclusion to the observance of Black History Month. Celebrate the heritage of African-Americans through food, music, dance and art. Tickets may be reserved by contacting the Albion College Office of Intercultural Affairs.