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Black History Month

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Our campus annually celebrates Black History Month by offering enriching conversations, presentations and showcases that provide varied perspectives on the lives of Black people from the African Diaspora living in the United States and the world.

Here are some events from this years celebration.

Video Programs

The Continuing Importance of Black History Month

Collections Deep Dive: Exploring Black History Month Projects with Tulani Salahu-Din

Harlem Heroes Talk

Events

Dr. Tasha Alston, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, discussed her new book “African American Father’s Involvement in Their Children’s Education.”

Open meditation with Counseling Services
In honor of Black History Month, the month of February will focus on healing, within the self and for our communities, in a mindful and purposeful manner. These sessions during every Monday in February will be an informal and casual time facilitated by Rodney Valandra to begin each week in a mindful and intentional manner.

Open dialogue on healing through racial, historical, and intergenerational trauma with Counseling Services
In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and in honor of Black History Month, Counseling Services is facilitating an informal group to allow people to come together and have open dialogue on healing through racial, historical, and intergenerational trauma. This group will be facilitated by Rodney Valandra and the group will be in an informal format, focusing on healing and carrying our healing forward in our lives, families, and communities.

Webinar with Dr. Naudia Jonassaint, Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Medicine Gastroenterology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Carmen Jones Poster

“Carmen Jones,” film presentation by the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center

Set in 1943 in the American South, “Carmen Jones” is an adaptation of Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera “Carmen.” This tragic romance follows a parachute factory worker as she pursues a handsome young military pilot. Starring Dorothy Dandridge in the title role, and Harry Belafonte, “Carmen Jones” features the music of Georges Bizet with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, in this film adaptation of the 1943 Broadway musical.

Featuring an all-Black cast, the film was groundbreaking when it premiered in 1954, and earned Dandridge an Academy Award nomination for best actress. Horne provided Dandridge’s singing voice. This film contains adult themes and might not be suitable for younger or more sensitive audiences. 

Dr. Livingston Alexander held a talk and book signing for his book “Chasing the Silver Lining” 
In this memoir, Alexander, who served as Pitt-Bradford’s first Black president for 15 years, writes about growing up in Louisiana during the Jim Crow era, his years in Catholic seminary and as a professional in the world of higher education.

Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson

 “Can I get a witness? The effects of racial and gendered stress and resiliency on black maternal and infant outcomes.” with Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson
As a leading authority on stress from gendered racism and its impact on maternal and birth outcomes, researcher, writer and activist Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson is the author of numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and refereed and public presentations on the topic.

Her work is cited in major newspapers, magazines and media outlets that include ProPublica, Vox, Ebony, Essence, CNN and NPR. Her work has been featured in the documentaries “When the Bough Breaks,” an episode of the award-winning PBS series “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick,” and in the film, “Crisis in the Crib. She also appeared in the Lightbox production, “Death by Delivery,” a documentary on black maternal mortality in Georgia

 As a leading authority on stress from gendered racism and its impact on maternal and birth outcomes, Jackson is the author of numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and refereed and public presentations on the topic. Her work is cited in major newspapers, magazines and media outlets that include ProPublica, Vox, Ebony, Essence, CNN and NPR. Her work has been featured in the documentaries “When the Bough Breaks,” an episode of the award-winning PBS series “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick,” and in the film, “Crisis in the Crib.” She also appeared in the Lightbox production, “Death by Delivery,” a documentary on black maternal mortality in Georgia.

“Chroma, Kairos, and Topoi: Black Photography as a Signature of Black Wellbeing in a Celebratory Moment” with Dr. Adedoyin Ogunfeyimi, assistant professor of composition at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

This talk showed how people of African descent rely on key rhetorical concepts including chroma (color), kairos (time), and topoi (place) to construct, experience and sustain their wellbeing. The talk reflects on the relation between the field of rhetoric and Black wellness, noting Black wellness as a key part of the field.

Other Events

"The Racial Equity Consciousness Institute is facilitated via a series of immersive, learner-oriented education and dialogue modules and takes a multifaceted approach to contemplate race and racism—focally, anti-Blackness. The Institute engages participants through a referential and constructive framework to analyze the complexity and pervasiveness of racism, and reflect on what they can do, individually and collectively, to advance racial equity in their institutions and communities. 

Through the institute, participants explore and engage six bilateral spheres of racial equity consciousness development in efforts to expand capacity to seek, consider, and adopt different perspectives; promote personal growth and empowerment; enhance cultural humility, cultural competence, and cultural agency; and ultimately, embody the mindset to foster antiracist practices, cultures, and communities."

Registration is now open for the Spring 2022 cohort. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to University of Pittsburgh students and employees.

March 1 11a.m.-1p.m.
March 15 11a.m.-1p.m.
March 22  11a.m.-1p.m.
March 29 11a.m.-1p.m.
April 5 11a.m.-1p.m.