Black History Month

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A Seat at the Table of Excellence

Schedule of Events

Feb. 1 View 'n Chew: Nazu African Dance & Drum Company

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Daly Dining Hall

Nazu African Dance & Drum Company uses African Dance as a vehicle for cultural expression in an effort to share the richness of African culture, customs and traditions. Under the Artistic Direction of Nai Zou Oliver, Nazu African Dancers engage their audiences with a colorful, educational, and entertaining campus program with contemporary and traditional dances from the Ivory Coast and West Africa that everyone can enjoy. So please join us for this exciting Black History Month opening experience!

Feb. 1-23 Black Student Union’s T-shirt Contest

All day

All throughout the duration of Black History Month, the Rider community will have the opportunity to get creative! The Black Student Union is looking for a fresh, new t-shirt idea for the 2018-2019 academic year! See campus-wide posted flyers for further details!

Feb. 8 Contemporary Issues on Race, Class and Gender in America

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Sweigart 115

Panel discussion focusing on contemporary issues involving race, class, and gender-related to clips from I Am Not Your Negro, a film by director Raoul Peck based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House in 1979. Each clip will be compared to a modern-day source concerned with issues of race, class and gender that Baldwin articulated in 1979 as a means of understanding that is stagnating our progress towards social justice in 2017. Both the panel and audience will have the opportunity to share their opinions on the issues discussed. This program is a "brown bag" event. This is a part of the of the CONVERSATION CAFÉ: What's on your mind? series.

Feb. 10 Afro-Caribbean Pub Night

9 p.m.-1 a.m., The Pub

Afro-Caribbean night showcases sounds from the African and Caribbean cultures. Feel free to rep your flags!

Feb. 12 A Seat at the Table

5-7 p.m., NJM Community Meeting Room

BSU will be informing the community of what life and meals are like for different families, based on income and background. Think you have experienced it all? Come learn something new!

Feb. 13 Open-Mic Night: Celebration of African American Heritage

7:30 p.m., Westminster Choir College Dining Commons

Join us for a night of spoken word and poetry, reflecting the journey of many African Americans.

Feb. 14 Roses For Her

All day

BMU will be handing out roses to all women on campus, showing support for the women in the Rider community.

Feb. 15 Lifting Our Voices: A Black History Celebration

4:30-6 p.m., The Theater in BLC

The Office Of Service Learning invites you to come out and celebrate the African diaspora as we lift our voices in honor of Black History Month. Performances from local children in Bonner youth and the educational programs, youth from the Upward Bound Program, Bonner Scholars, a vast array of Rider student Orgs and a special guest. Afterwards, we will continue the celebration with Soul food, Haitian food, West and East African food in Daly Dining Hall.

Feb. 17 Soul Train!

8:30 p.m., Robert L. Annis Playhouse

Join us for the craziest party you could ever imagine! BHA is recreating the amazing hit show, Soul Train.

Feb. 21 Break the Cycle: Brad Butler

7-8:30 p.m., SWG 115

Brad Butler, a motivational speaker in the Lawrenceville area, will give a speech to students about breaking the cycle of poverty.

Feb. 22 The Evolution of Black Hair

6 p.m., North Hall 202

A discussion of the great Madame CJ Walker and how the hair industry has changed for black men and women, as well as how appropriation is happening within society today.

Feb. 25 Soul Food Sunday

4:30 p.m., Daly Dining Hall and Dining Commons

Enjoy the culinary delights of the cultural contribution of "soul food" from early African-American generations that continue to satisfy our palates today! Join us for dinner on the Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses!

Feb. 25 Gospel Fest

5:45-7:30 p.m., Cavalla Room, Bart Luedeke Center

Unite with us for a closing celebration of Black History Month through gospel song, dance and spoken word. Dessert will be served after the show. Enter the Bart Luedeke Center Cavalla Room and experience enormous joy and excitement as performers from Rider University and surrounding areas end Black History Month on a high note! This event is free and open to the public.

Feb. 26 Upon the Shoulders We Stand: A Celebration of Black Musical Theatre

7:30 p.m., Yvonne Theater

An exciting musical theatre production by Rider University students. Upon the Shoulders showcases the importance of the voices, struggles and triumphs faced by blacks, through song and dance, with special attention to black performers on Broadway. This event is free and open to the public.

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