BMC plans events for Black History Month
By biconews On 1 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Latanya Ingraham

Numerous events are currently lined up this February at Bryn Mawr in celebration of Black History Month. The organizers of these events say their intent is to ameliorate the ignorance that abounds on the campus about African-American history and about various issues that affect members of the African Diaspora.

The coordinator of Black History Month for the year 2000 is sophomore Kayan C. Clarke, a member of Sisterhood, which is a support group for black students at Bryn Mawr. The group holds weekly meetings, open to the community.

There will be a number of activities in the month ahead, ranging from guest lectures that deal with health issues, to movies shown in the campus center, as well as the customary culture show at the end of the month. The dates for the events are still tentative.

The first event to take place will be a talk given on Feb. 4 by Steven Hawkins, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. The talk is titled. “Black Women on Death Row: Sisters on the Inside Looking Out.” Hawkins will discuss cases of black women who are currently on death row, describing their living conditions and many of the issues that they face, such as rape and abuse by guards.

He will also discuss how politics and elections affect death row cases. According to Clarke, one major point he will address is going to be George W. Bush’s record concerning the death penalty. “Bush had only given one commutation (to a white woman) when he was in office as the governor of Texas,” she says.

The next event to take place will be a symposium with UCLA Professor of Law Kimberle Crenshaw as the keynote speaker. Several Bryn Mawr professors will join Crenshaw at the symposium, the title of which will be “Feminism at a Crossroads: Black Women Academics of the Twenty-First Century.”

Crenshaw’s areas of expertise include race and feminism. She has also contributed to the emerging study of critical race theory, and holds particular interest in discriminatory laws against black women. The symposium will be on Wednesday. Feb. 9 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Sisterhood members will host students from the Beeher School in Philadelphia for the day on Thursday. Feb. 10. Between twenty and twenty-five are expected. Bryn Mawr students will accompany the girls to classes, have lunch with them, and also provide them with a tour of the campus, including Perry House. The House is not included in the official Bryn Mawr tour given to prospective students by the Admissions Office.

The next event will be a dinner for members of Sisterhood and BACASO [the Bryn Mawr African-Caribbean and African Organization]. Perry House will be the site of the dinner, taking place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.

Sisterhood is also planning on having an art exhibit in Perry House. The opening of the exhibit will be on Friday, Feb. 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., and the title is to be “Our Future, Our Beauty: Art By and About Black Children.”

The last event will be the customary talent showcase, or culture show, and is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26. The Showcase will be in Goodhart from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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