Black History Month Events


Tuesday, Feb. 19

Discussion: The Harlem Renaissance: 2 - 4 p.m., Legislative Office Building, Room 2B, 300 Capitol Ave., Hartford. The Commission on Equity and Opportunity and the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors will host a conversation about the impact and influence of the Harlem Renaissance. The program also will include a discussion on making Black History courses mandatory in Connecticut public schools. The Costen Cultural Exhibit will be displayed in the second-floor atrium. Speakers and panelists will include U.S. Congresswoman Jahana Hayes; artist Andres Chaparro; Dr. Stacey Close of Eastern Connecticut State University; artist Richard Colon; Dr. Benjamin Foster Jr. of Central Connecticut State University; Donald Harris of the Bloomfield School District; singer Elizabeth Lyra Ross; musician Haneef Nelson; and educators Fred Phillips and Frances Sharp. To attend, send an email to

Thursday, Feb. 21

Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series: African Americans and U.S. Social and Economic Justice: noon – 4 p.m. Sprague Carleton Room, Student Center. Presented by the African American Studies Program. Guests include Dr. Lewis Gordon, Distinguished Professor of Africana Studies University of Connecticut and Dr. Vibert White, professor of African American Studies Polk State University. Faculty presenters include Dr. Walton Brown-Foster, Dr. Evelyn Phillips, Dr. Beverly Johnson, Dr. Audra King, Dr. Reginald Simmons, Dr. Shaun Council, Prof. Steve Balkaran, and Dr. Benjamin Foster. Lunch and refreshments provided. For more information, contact Dr. Felton O. Best at

Tuesday, Feb. 26

16th annual Amistad Lecture: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., Constitution Room, Memorial Hall. Dr. Nemata Blyden, professor of History at George Washington University, will present "The Amistad: Diasporic Encounters in the Black World." For more information, contact Dr. Olusegun Sogunro at (860) 832-2131 or Dr. Gloria Emeagwali at (860) 832-2815. Sponsored by the Amistad Committee, the Center for Africana Studies, and CCSU.

Thursday, March 21

Center for Africana Studies 25th annual Conference: 9 a.m., Alumni Hall. Celebrating 25 Years of Engaging the World on African Issues - Reimagining and Charting the Way Forward. Featuring lectures, performances, activities, and foods from Africa and the African Diaspora.