Albion Celebrates Black History Month
With numerous events designed to inspire and inform, Albion College celebrates Black History Month. unless otherwise specified, these events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Erika Buckley in the Office of Intercultural Affairs,
Wednesday, January 23 Film, "Scarred Justice." The killing of four white students at Kent State University in 1970 is an indelible stain on national consciousness. This film recounts the overlooked tale of black students killed at South Carolina State in Orangeburg two years earlier. The film features Cleveland Sellers, who will visit Albion College on January 28. 3 p.m., Robinson Hall 404
Monday, January 28: Community Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation. Albion welcomes civil rights activist Cleveland Sellers, Jr., president of Voorhees College. Sellers's address also serves as Albion College's Coy James Memorial Lecture. 7 p.m., Goodrich Chapel
Tuesday, February 5: "From Bondage to the White House," a brief overview of the evolution of the black church from its Methodist roots, as well as challenges and opportunities for today’s movement. The presenter is Stanley Sims, retired pastor of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination, most recently serving Quinn Chapel A.M.E. in Flint. 12:30 p.m., Robinson Hall 404
Wednesday, February 13: Soul Food Day. The College's Dining and Hospitality Services features Southern soul favorites. $10.75/general public, $5.30 with Albion College ID and for children 5-12, free for children under 5. Reservations are not required. 5 to 7 p.m., Baldwin Hall
Tuesday, February 19: Film, "Crash." Winner of three Oscars including Best Picture in 2005, "Crash" examines racial and social tensions in 21st-century Los Angeles centering on a carjacking. 7 p.m. Norris Science Center Towsley Hall
Friday, February 22: Javier Colon. The first winner of NBC's smash show "The Voice," Javier Colon is a Puerto Rican / Dominican American singer/songwriter who describes his music as "acoustic soul." 8 p.m., Goodrich Chapel
Sunday, February 24: Taste of Blackness. A true Albion College tradition, the annual Taste of Blackness is a celebration of African and African-American culture through food, music, dance and art. Tickets are $3 in advance, $4 at the door. 4 p.m., Kellogg Center
Albion College Welcomes All to Kwanzaa
Albion College celebrates Kwanzaa with Black Student Alliance (BSA), Sunday, November 18, at 3 p.m. in the Kellogg Center. African and American cuisine and entertainment will be featured along with a Kwanzaa ceremony.
Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of cultural reaffirmation, established nearly 50 years ago. Kwanzaa, which means "first fruits of the harvest" in Swahili, is a spiritual, festive and joyous celebration of the oneness and goodness of life, which claims no ties to any religion. It’s celebrated for seven days, and has seven guiding principles, Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics) , Nia (purpose(, Kuumba (creativity), and last but not least Imani (faith).
The tickets are $3 in advance and $4 at the door. For more or to reserve tickets, contact BSA member Darrian Hollonquest at
or the Office of Intercultural Affairs, 517/629-0492.
African-Caribbean Student Union Hosts Step Show
The art and excitement of step comes to Albion, as the Albion College African-Caribbean Student Union (ACSU) brings its Fall 2012 Step Show on Thursday, November 15, at 7 p.m. in the College's Kellogg Center.
The show will feature the Chicago-based Tamboula Dance Company, a professional group that blends traditional Afro-Haitian dances with ballet, jazz and street dance styles. Other performers include student groups from Albion College, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan-Flint.
This show is free and open to the public. For more information, contact ACSU member Cheyenne Brown at
, or the Office of Intercultural Affairs at 517/629-0501. Visit the Tamboula Web site at http://www.tambouethnic.com.
Albion Celebrates Native American Heritage Month
Albion College celebrates Native American Heritage Month with opportunities to learn about two of the many cultural issues facing modern Native Americans. For more information, contact the Albion College Office of Intercultural Affairs at 517/629-0501.
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Dinner and discussion with Pat Dyer-Deckrow, a member of the Little Traverse band of Odawa. Deckrow will discuss her leadership with Michigan's Tribal Council and the legal history of Michigan’s Native American communities. The accompanying dinner is free but reservations are requested. For more information, or to reserve a spot for dinner, contact the Albion College Chaplain's office,
or 517/629-0492. 5 p.m., Albion College Umbrella House, 1107 E. Cass St.
Thursday, November 29: Film, "Two Spirits." This documentary examines the hate-crime murder of Navajo teenager Fred Martinez. Although the ancient Navajos recognized and accepted male-bodied persons with a feminine nature, Martinez became a victim of homophobia at the age of 16. 7 p.m., Norris Science Center Towsley Hall