January 29, 2001
Heritage celebrated in February
By Eric Rangus email@example.com
February marks African American Heritage Month at Emory, and the University is geared up for a wide range of activities to celebrate.
Not only does the 2001 program explore the many cultural, historical
and aademic aspects of the African American experience, it also relates
African American heritage to some of the wider themes of reconciliation
woven throughout campus this year. One of the new features this year is
an expanded roster of filmsnine in all.
All of them will have to do with race and reconciliation,
said Vera Rorie, director of the Office of Multicultural Programs. Well
have a discussion after each, and well correlate what happened in
the movie and what happened in real life.
Rorie said there is no central theme to this years activities,
but all are somewhat related to the Year of Reconciliation. Activities
for most any taste or interest are planned most every day of the month.
For more information on any of the events listed, contact the number listed with the event or the Office of Multicultural Programs at 404-727-6754. Also, continue to watch Emory Reports calendar page for complete times, dates and locations.
Films: The most
recognizable titles are Remember the Titans, starring Denzel Washington
(Feb. 1617), and Spike Lees Bamboozled, starring Damon
Wayans (Feb. 12). But a wide range of documentaries also are being screened,
such as Take Your Bags/The KKK Boutique Aint Just Rednecks
(Feb. 1); The Bombing of Osage Avenue (Feb. 15), which chronicles
the destruction of the Cobbs Creek neighborhood of Philadelphia
in 1985; and Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100 (Feb. 8), which
filmmaker Yvonne Welbon premiered last year, will make a return engagement.
Lectures and Panel Discussions:
Johnnetta Cole, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology will
moderate a panel titled Hearings for Healing: Testimonies on Racism
and Reconciliation, featuring civil rights activist C. T. Vivian
and Georgia Rep. Dan Ponder, Feb. 12.
The reconciliation theme also pops up in Teresa Browns forum, The
Reality of Reconciliation (Feb. 14). Brown is faculty advisor for
the Candler Black Student Caucus.
Another panel discussiona free-form event dealing with issues of
race and racismwill take place Feb. 7 in Glenn Auditorium. The nationally
known roster of panelists includes Harvard University Professor Cornel
West; Michael Eric Dyson, Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor of
ethics and politics, religion and culture, and African American studies
at DePaul; author Elaine Brown; Jennifer Hochschild, William Stewart Tod
Professor of Public Affairs at Princeton; Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.);
and Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Calif.)
Civil rights will be the topic of discussion for the reading, Recent
Memoirs of the Civil Rights Movement, Feb. 6. Constance Curry and
Joan Browning will read from their book Deep in Our Hearts: Nine White
Women in the Freedom Movement, and Sara Mitchell Parsons will present
excerpts of her work, From Southern Wrongs to Civil Rights: The Making
of a White Civil Rights Activist. Civil rights activist and scholar
in residence at the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change Bernard Lafayette
will speak and Feb. 13. That same day, University of Iowa professor Adrien
Wing will discuss Comparative Apartheid and South Africa.
Arts and culture:
Gospel music performances also will play a big part in this years
program. The Himsingers from Radcliffe Presbyterian Church (Feb. 10) and
Voices of Imani (Feb. 14) will perform, and the musical gospel play S.T.O.P.
(Seek Thine Own Purpose) will be presented in 208 White Hall, Feb. 15
and 17. Several worship services are also scattered throughout the month.