Understanding and Honoring Black History at PSU

February 8th, 2011 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H. – Plymouth State University welcomes the community to a series of campus events honoring and enriching Black History Month.

February 3, 11:30 a.m.

Prospect Dining Hall, Newfound Room. $10 lunch and entertainment, free with PSU Meal Plan

A Taste of Gullah

Music by Akwaaba Ensemble.
The Gullah are African Americans who live in the Low Country region of South Carolina and Georgia who are known for preserving their African linguistic and cultural heritage.

February 8, 7–8:30 p.m.
Hartman Union Building Hage Room, Free

Understanding Bob Marley: An excuse to get stoned or a defiant message of truth?

Lecture-demonstration by Professor Matt Jensen, Berklee College of Music

February 10, 6:30 p.m.

Lamson Library Room 124, Free

Film: The Black List

Mini portraits of 20 influential African Americans, from artists to politicians to CEOs. Each share their individual experiences and viewpoints on societal, familial and personal identity. Hosted by Rodney Ekstrom, student activities program advisor, and Professor of History John Krueckeberg.

February 15, 6:30 p.m.
Lamson Library Room 124. Free.

Film: Good Hair. Comedian Chris Rock presents a humorous look at the culture and business of hair for African-American women.

February 18, 8 p.m.

Hartman Union Building Hage Room, Free

The P.L.A.Y.E.R.S. Club

Learn about the Stepping tradition from this award-winning dance troupe from NYC. P.L.A.Y.E.R.S. has won numerous titles in step competitions. They have performed at the White House, at an NBA All-Star Challenge, the Soul Train music awards and have won 11 competitions at the Apollo Theatre. Stepping is a historical form of percussive dance in which the participant’s entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word and hand claps.

February 22, 6:30 p.m.

Lamson Library Room 124, Free

Film: Tulia, Tx.

Based on a landmark judicial case, Tulia, Tx. uncovers the deep-rooted assumptions about race and crime that still permeate our society and undermine our justice system. Variety says Tulia, Tx. is “a solidly crafted account of a disgraceful miscarriage of justice. The film compels interest with complex subjects and a fascinating narrative.”

Guest Speaker: Daryl A. Brown, Town of Plymouth Select Board

February 24, 7 p.m.

Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center, Free

Portraits of Courage: African-Americans you Wish You Had Known.

Two-person theatrical production.

Portraits of Courage is an examination of overlooked African-Americans and their contributions to American history. Surprised at the absence of African-American figures in today’s history books, playwright Colin Cox created a theatrical piece to help bring recognition to a few of those who have helped shaped our country.

March 1, 3:30 p.m.

Hartman Union Building Room 109, Free

What Fascinates Me about African-American History, Language and Culture?

Talk with PSU Professors Wilson Garcia and James Whiting, Department of Language and Linguistics.

For information about Black History Month at Plymouth State University contact Rodney Ekstrom.

General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU.