Black History Month

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Ebony and Ivory
Westminster Conservatory faculty member Clipper Erickson performs piano music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Margaret Bonds, Fats Waller, Laurie Altman and Nathaniel Dett.

African Elements in American Music for Winds
Westminster Conservatory faculty recital featuring members of the winds department performing music of Kay, Still, Ellington and more.

Upon the Shoulders We Stand: A Celebration of Black Musical Theatre
A musical theater production by Rider University students, Upon the Shoulders showcases the importance of the voices, struggles and triumphs faced by black people, through song and dance, with special attention to black performers on Broadway. Free and open to the public.

Origin of Black History Month
The Black Students Union E board will lead a dialogue on the origins of Black History Month. Discover the meaning behind celebrating black culture during the month of February and beyond. Students will discuss heroes celebrated during the month and other brilliant individuals who have paved the way.

The Veritas Forum: Is racism a human instinct?
Dr. Nadia Ansary and Dr. Lisa Bowens will dialogue on the topic of discrimination and reconciliation. These two experts with different worldviews will discuss their persectives and engage in round-table discussions with audience members.

A Seat at The Table
Join the Black Student Union for an evening of food, conversation and learning. Learn about differences in income among the black community, with food provided by JC Fish Market & Soul Food.

Black and Hispanic Alliance Alumni Question and Answer
Are you curious about where black and Hispanic alumni who graduated from Westminster are now? Join the Black and Hispanic Alliance for a conversation between current students and alumni of the Black Hispanic Alliance. Hear what they have to say about where they are and their experiences at Westminster.

Malcolm X and Killmonger: Re-visiting Malcolm X
Popular culture has created a persona for Malcolm X’s philosophies as radical, as portrayed in Black Panther’s character Killmonger. At this event, a conversation around Malcolm X’s philosophies and intentions behind his radical practices will take place.

Dashiki Day
Join the Rider African Students Association and other students and staff in Dashiki Day! Pop out in your favorite Dashiki or African clothing and show it off around campus.

The Westminster Community Celebrates the Music of Nathaniel Dett
The Westminster Jubilee Singers, along with soprano Rochelle Ellis and Clipper Erickson, perform music by composer Nathaniel Dett.

Soul Train Night
Join the Black and Hispanic Alliance for a re-creation of the hit show Soul Train.

Soul Food Sunday
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!

Gospel Fest
A closing celebration of Black History Month, with gospel song, dance and spoken word. Dessert will be served after the show. Experience enormous joy and excitement as performers from Rider end Black History Month on a high note! This event is free and open to the public.

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