Black History Month Events in Hempstead

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HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM
EMILY LOWE GALLERY
Behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus
Through-August 17
Romare Bearden: Storyteller

The narrative themes of Romare Bearden’s work spanned historical, political, and religious topics. Through his innovative works of art, Bearden communicated his ideas and thoughts about everyday African American life in 20th century America. The exhibition includes prints in a variety of methods (aquatint, engraving, etching, lithograph, and silkscreen) from the Hofstra University Museum Collections.
Funding has been provided by Sterling National Bank and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT AND INCLUSION (IEI)
presents
Wednesday, February 7, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)
Black History Month Reception

Join us as we kick off our annual Black History Month program with keynote
speaker Oliver W. Colbert, for a spoken word performance and workshop.
Multipurpose Room, Mack Student Center.  For more information on Heritage Months and other IEI events, please visit hofstra.edu/iei or email iei@hofstra.edu.

HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Presents
Documentary Screening of “What Happened, Miss Simone?”
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.

WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? is a documentary, using recently unearthed audiotapes, recorded over the course of three decades, of Nina telling her life story to various interviewers and would-be biographers. From over 100 hours of these recordings, the film weaves together Nina's narrative, told largely in her own words. Rare concert footage and archival interviews, along with diaries, letters, interviews with Nina's daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, friends and collaborators, along with other exclusive materials, make this the most authentic, personal and unflinching telling of the extraordinary life of one of the 20th century's greatest recording artists.  The screening will take place at Hempstead Public Library, 115 Nichols Court, Hempstead, NY 11550.  For more information visit www.hempsteadlibrary.info or call 516-481-6990.  

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM
Thursday, February 8, 4-6 p.m.*
Exhibition Reception

Special remarks by:  Jennifer E. Henton, Associate Professor of English, Hofstra University
Light refreshments will be served. Advance registration is required.
*Reception snow date: Thursday, February 15, 4-6 p.m.
Emily Lowe Gallery, behind Emily Lowe Hall

HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Presents
Black History Month Jazz Concert featuring The Don Hanson Quartet
Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 2 p.m.

Come and enjoy the smooth sounds of The Don Hanson Quartet.  This FREE performance is open to the public and will take place at the Hempstead Public Library, 115 Nichols Court, Hempstead, NY 11550.  For more information visit www.hempsteadlibrary.info or call 516-481-6990.  

HOFSTRA CULTURAL CENTER
presents
Thursday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.
Kickoff Film Screening and Discussion: I Am Not Your Negro

Directed by Raoul Peck
I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film is a journey into black history and connects Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to the present. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America.  Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Presents
Documentary Screening of “Hip-Hop Evolution” (Episodes 1 and 2)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.

Explore the early beginnings and transformative evolution of the Hip-Hop culture, music and lifestyle through the lens of this fascinating documentary.  The screening will take place at Hempstead Public Library, 115 Nichols Court, Hempstead, NY 11550.  For more information visit www.hempsteadlibrary.info or call 516-481-6990.  

VILLAGE OF HEMPSTEAD STREET NAMING CEREMONY FOR CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER GENERAL JOSEPH A. MCNEIL
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – 10:30 a.m.

Village of Hempstead’s Mayor, Don Ryan and Trustees cordially invite you to the Honorary Street naming ceremony of Angevine Avenue to General Joseph A. McNeil Avenue.  To RSVP call 516-478-6414.
On the corner of Angevine Avenue and Greenwich Street, Hempstead, New York, 11550.  

General Joseph A. McNeil is a Decorated United States Air Force Veteran, Resident and National Hero retired Major General Joseph A. McNeil founded “The Greensboro Four”.  The Greensboro Four sit-ins were a series of nonviolent protests in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1960, which led to the Woolworth Department Store chain removing its policy of racial segregation and catapulting the Civil Rights Movement in the south into the national spotlight.  Please join us in paying tribute to General McNeil for his role in changing the course of American history and for impacting the lives of African Americans for generations.  Immediately following the honorary street naming ceremony there will be a building dedication at Franklin Street School located at 335 South Franklin Street, Hempstead, NY 11550 in honor of General McNeil on behalf of the Hempstead Union Free School District.

VILLAGE OF HEMPSTEAD’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – 6 p.m.

You are invited to attend Village of Hempstead’s Black History Month Celebration on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kennedy Memorial Park, 335 Greenwich Street, Hempstead, NY 11550. This year's theme is "African Americans In Time of War" and will be centered on that topic. The event will also feature poetry, mime presentation, music & dance.   For more information please call: Juanita Hargwood at 516-478-6286.

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM
Wednesday, February 28, 4:30-6 p.m.
Perceptions and Reality

Romare Bearden: Storyteller serves as a catalyst for a roundtable conversation exploring perceptions related to time, place, our collective/personal stories, and images. This program considers how unexamined assumptions shape our cultural and personal understanding of the world, and how expanding our awareness can transform our thinking. Facilitator: Katrina Sims, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, Hofstra University Panelists: Lisa Merrill, professor of Writing Studies and Rhetoric, Hofstra University; SM Rodriguez, PhD, assistant professor of Criminology, Department of Sociology, Hofstra University; Álvaro Enrigue, PhD, assistant professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Hofstra University Advance registration is required for all programs. To register or for more information, call the Hofstra University Museum at 516-463-5672.
Admission is free for Hofstra faculty/staff/student/PEIR members with valid HofstraCard and Museum members

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM
Monday, March 12, 6-8 p.m.
Jazz at the Museum

Join the Hofstra Jazz Quartet for a musical tribute to American artist and composer Romare Bearden, whose work is on view in the exhibition Romare Bearden: Storyteller. A few selections will be taken from the album Romare Bearden Revealed, recorded by saxophonist Branford Marsalis in celebration of the obvious as well as less tangible connections between the jazz Bearden loved and the artwork it inspired.
For more information, call the Hofstra University Museum at 516-463-5672.

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
presents
HUMANITIES NEW YORK READINGS AND DISCUSSION SERIES:
JAMES BALDWIN’S AMERICA

"As is the inevitable result of things unsaid, we find ourselves until today oppressed with a dangerous and
reverberating silence," James Baldwin wrote in the essay "Many Thousands Gone." The essay was part of
Baldwin's first, most powerful collection, Notes of a Native Son, published 60 years ago. Join us as we celebrate the works of
James Baldwin in James Baldwin: Collected Essays and James Baldwin:
Early Novels and Stories.  Facilitator:  Jennifer Henton, Department of English, Hofstra University

Tuesday, February 27, 6:30-8 p.m., Hofstra Hall Parlor – Meet James Baldwin
Wednesday, March 28, 12-2 p.m., Plaza Room East, Mack Student Center – Lunch with Baldwin    
Wednesday, April 18, 9-10:30 a.m., Plaza Room West, Mack Student Center – Breakfast with Baldwin
Tuesday, May 1, 6-8 p.m., Hofstra Hall Parlor – Tea with Baldwin


Admission is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Seating is limited to 15 participants per reading/discussion.  Registrants who can commit to all four discussions can borrow copies of the books to be discussed for a refundable ten dollar fee after the series. Light refreshments will be served.

Please note that participants who wish to “drop in” may attend, but should contact the facilitator at jennifer.henton@hofstra.edu to find out how to obtain a copy of the materials.  Sponsored by Humanities New York in collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center.  For more information and a complete schedule of series, please call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit hofstra.edu/culture.


HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR “RACE,” CULTURE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
presents
Wednesday, February 28, 4:30 p.m.
Who Are You? Mixed Emotions: The Multiracial Student Experience

by Kristal Brent Zook
The multiracial population in America is increasing three times as fast as the rest of the country. Some mixed-race students proudly claim this identity and have even coined new terms like “Blasian” to describe their realities. Others aren’t sure where they fit in. Still others define themselves as primarily one race out of loyalty and a sense of racial allegiance.  Kristal Brent Zook, professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations at Hofstra University, explores the complicated emotions around mixed race identity, recalling her own university experience as a biracial student.
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library.  For more information, please email RaceCultureSocialJustice@hofstra.edu.

HOFSTRA CULTURAL CENTER
presents
Wednesday, February 28, 7 p.m.  
Filmmaker Kevin Willmott

In commemoration of Black History Month, independent African-American filmmaker
Kevin Willmott presents the “mockumentary,” CSA: The Confederate States of America, a satire on racial inequality,
imagining an America in which the Confederacy won the Civil War. A discussion led by Willmott will follow the film screening.
Room 211 Breslin Hall, South Campus.  For more information and a complete schedule of series, please call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit hofstra.edu/culture. 

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
presents
Thursday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.
Just an Ordinary Lawyer    

A Play, With Songs
Written and performed by Tayo Aluko, with live piano accompaniment
Just an Ordinary Lawyer tells the story of Nigerian Tunji Sowande as he quietly broke through multiple barriers to become Britain’s first black judge in 1978. Tunji Sowande arrived in London from Nigeria in 1945 to study law and pursue his interest in music. He rose to become a well-respected barrister, the first black head of chambers, and finally the first (part-time) black judge. An active solo concert performer, he was also a great lover of cricket and became a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the home of cricket.  Co-sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center; Hofstra University Honors College;
Departments of Drama and Dance, History and Sociology; Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice.
Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Hall.  For more information and a complete schedule of series, please call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit hofstra.edu/culture.

Many events on campus, especially lectures and museum exhibitions, are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change. For an up-to-date listing of events, times, and locations, please refer to the Hofstra events calendar at events.hofstra.edu.

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