Free video programs, lecture in honor of Black History Month
Two free video programs and a lecture by poet, playwright and political activist Amiri Baraka will be held in February in honor of Black History Month.
The video programs -- sponsored by the Organization of Black Students, the Committee on African and African-American Studies and the Film Studies Center -- will be held in the Film Studies Center, Cobb 307. For more information, call 702-8596.
On Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., two videos will be screened. From Harlem to Harvard is a 30-minute documentary about the alienation, prejudice and insecurity that often confront African-American students at predominantly white institutions. Homecoming is a 20-minute video that follows a young Jamaican-American woman who reluctantly returns home to the Bronx while on spring break from her predominantly white liberal-arts college. This program will be introduced by Elizabeth Alexander, Assistant Professor in English Language & Literature.
On Monday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m., the 60-minute documentary In Motion: Amiri Baraka will be shown. This film profiles the former LeRoi Jones, outspoken representative of the Black consciousness movement and a major American literary and political figure. This program will be introduced by Michael Dawson, Associate Professor in Political Science.
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m., Baraka will present the annual George E. Kent Lecture in the assembly hall at International House. In a program titled "An Evening with Amiri Baraka," the speaker will present a comparison of today's society with the times and movements of decades past, offering perspective on how far society has come and his thoughts on directions for the future. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 753-2274.