'The Black Diaspora' Explored in Albion's History Month Events

Entertaining and educational events highlight "The Black Diaspora," the theme of Albion College's Black History Month. Unless otherwise specified, all events are free and open to the public, suitable for all ages to enjoy. For more information, contact Albion College's Office of Intercultural Affairs, 517/629-0501.

Monday, January 23: Community MLK Convocation.  "If Dr. King Returned to Albion Today" features a play based on King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," and music by The Briton Singers, United Voices of Albion College, and the Praise Team of Albion's Grace Temple COGIC. 7 p.m., Goodrich Chapel

Wednesday, February 1: Film, Freedom Riders.  This inspirational documentary features activists and influential figures on both sides of the civil rights issue. The film chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishments of youth and individuals fighting social injustice. 2:15 p.m., Robinson Hall Room 404

Thursday, February 2: African Acrobats.  Kenya's Zuzu African Acrobats have appeared on "America's Got Talent." Their show includes drumming, balancing acts, eye-popping acrobatic feats and much more! 8 p.m., Goodrich Chapel

Monday, February 6: Coping in the Black Community: A Non-Mainstream Look at Mental Health and Wellness.  Vera Simpson, founder of Albion's Vision of Life Center, shares her experiences of growing up in the rural South, before and after desegregation. The second part of her presentation will be a discussion on how stress and racism have affected African-Americans. 11 a.m.. Kellogg Center

Wednesday, February 15: Film, Bilal's Stand.  Bilal, a Black Muslim high school senior in Detroit, works long hours to keep up both his grades and his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand" has been the family's social and financial hub for sixty years, but Bilal secretly submits a college application and takes up ice carving in order to win a scholarship. Now he is forced to decide whether to continue running The Stand or take a path that differs from family expectations. 7 p.m., Norris 101

Tuesday, February 21: Soul Food Dinner.  The College's Dining and Hospitality Services presents savory dinners from the Southern U.S. The all-you-can-eat full dinner is $9.75/person, no reservations required. 4:30 to 8 p.m., Baldwin Hall lower level

Tuesday, February 28: Taste of Blackness.  An annual event, Taste of Blackness is a unique experience, complete with food from local cooks, music, and fun. Tickets are $2 in advance, $3 at the door. To reserve tickets, contact Black Student Alliance President Chrissey Jackson, , or the Office of Intercultural Affairs, 517/629-0501. 4 p.m., Kellogg Center

Wednesday, February 29: Film: Black in Latin America – Brazil.  Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers Latin America's African roots through compelling stories of historical and contemporary people. In Brazil, one of a four-part series, Gates delves behind Carnival to discover how this "Rainbow Nation" is waking up to its legacy as the world's largest slave economy. 7 p.m., Norris Center Towsley Hall