Be Heard - Black Heritage Month Spring 2017


Celebrating Culture Throughout the African Diaspora

Kara WalkerWednesday, February 1 | 5-7 PM | UMass Museum of Contemporary Art
Emancipating the Past:  Kara Walker's Tales of Slavery and Power
Opening Reception
Remarks by Collector Jordan Schnitzer
Sponsored by the UMass Museum of Contemporary Art


BHM 2017Thursday, February 2 | 7:00 PM | Student Union Ballroom
Protecting Me & We: Ending Gender Discrimination & Sexual Violence

Wade Davis will speak about the state of gender discrimination and sexual violence and how you can help stop it. Mr. Davis is a former pro football player, writer, educator, and speaker dedicated to eradicating homophobia and sexism in athletics and engaging men in conversations around feminism and masculinity. He also serves as the NFL’s first Diversity and Inclusion consultant and teaches at NYU and Rutgers.
Sponsored by Men & Masculinities  Center


BHM 2017Tuesday, February 7 | 4:30 PM |Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall, Room 160
The Art of Kara Walker
Lecture by Kelly Morgan, Winston and Carolyn Lowe Curatorial Fellow at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts and Ph.D. candidate at UMass Amherst.  Her specialization is African American women’s art, particularly how these women express the tenets of Black feminism in their artwork.
Sponsored by the UMass Museum of Contemporary Art


BHM 2017Wednesdays (February 8, 15, 22 and March 1) | 8 PM | Latin American Cultural Center | Hampden D Rm. 203  | Southwest
Black in Latin America Screenings

The  Latin American Cultural Center will be screening the documentary series Black In Latin America, a 4-part series by  Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. This documentary explores the influence of African descent on Latin America.

Due to UMASS snow day, this conversation willl take place this Thursday, February 16 (same time, same venue)

Thursday, February 9 | 7-8:30 PM | Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
Queer Conversations:  Racism within LGBTQIA+ Communities
Facilitated conversation to talk about and address racism within the LGBTQIA+ communities
Sponsored by the Stonewall Center, Racial Justice Coalition, and the Pride Alliance


BHM 2017Saturday, February 11 |  11:00 AM | Amherst Town Hall
4th Annual Flag Raising
Celebrate Black History Month

Join us in celebrating Black History Month in Amherst by singing the Black National Anthem. Bring noisemakers to create a joyful noise and listen to words from community leaders

BHM 2017Saturday, February 11 |4:30-6:30 PM | New Africa House
“Like Me, Love Me, Love You”

This is a dramatic play about loving yourself before you can love anyone else.  This is a presentation by Theater in Motion and Free Negro University
For more information, please visit


BHM 2017Wednesday, February 15 | 7 PM | Fine Arts Center
Lecture by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill:  The War on Youth
He  is an  acclaimed scholar, activist, television personality and Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College.
Sponsored by Student Activities & Involvement

WBHM 2017ednesday, February 15 l 12-1:00 PM / Campus Center Rms. 911-15
Korka Sall’s Talk:  Literature as a Form of Resistance
Brown Bag Series

Her presentation will examine the connection between the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and the Negritude movement of the 1930s in Paris.
Sponsored by African Graduates and Scholars' Association

BHM 2017This event has been postponed until further notice.

Thursday, February 16 | 6:00 PM | Cape Cod Lounge
“Crack Attack:  Los Angeles and the Forgotten History of America’s War on Drugs”
Lecture by award-winning historian and public intellectual Donna Murch, Rutgers University.
Sponsored by Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series


TuesdaBHM 2017y, February 21 | 4:30 PM | UMass Amherst Student Union Ballroom
Africa’s Great Civilizations
This presentation will begin with a short program of African Drumming and Dance, followed by a one-hour screening of a portion of Africa’s Great Civilizations, a major new PBS series hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premiering on WGBY in February. The program will conclude with a discussion and Q&A. Program participants include Five College African Studies Professors Joye Bowman, John Higginson, Olabode Omojola, and Marilyn Sylla.
For more information about the series, please visit:

Presented by the Five College African Studies Council, the Department of History and WGBY TV

BHM 2017Tuesday, February 21 l 6:00 PM l Commonwealth Honors College Events Rm. 160
Slave Resistance and the Making of American Abolition
Featuring Manisha Sinha, author of The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition, which will be sold on-site.
Sponsored by Commonwealth Honors College


BHM 2017Wednesday, February 22 | 4-6 PM | Commonwealth Honors College Events Room 160
23rd Du Bois Annual Lecture:  “Viewing the Past through the Eyes of the Present:  Exploring Race, Gender, and Slavery through Art"
Interactive panel featuring Barbara Krauthamer (History, Associate Dean of Graduate School, UMass),  Traci Parker (Afro-American Studies, UMass) and Elizabeth Pryor (History, Smith College)
Facilitated by Whitney Battle-Baptiste  (Director, W.E.B. DuBois Center)
Sponsored by the UMass W.E.B. DuBois Center


BHM 2017Thursday, February 23 l 4:30 PM l Student Union Ballroom
Talk:  'The Forgotten Origins and Consequences of Race in America'
Ben Jealous tells the story behind lessons learned and unlearned, and what we all need to internalize if we aim to create a country where children are judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
Sponsored by UMass  Chancellor's Office

BHM 2017Thursday l February 23 l 1:30 PM l W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Lobby
Celebrate W. E. B. Du  Bois' Birthday - Cake in the lobby until it is gone.




BHM 2017Sunday, February 26 | 7 PM | Holyoke War Memorial Building, 310 Appleton St., Holyoke, MA
Climbing PoeTree
Award-winning duo, multi-voice spoken word, hip hop, and multimedia theater performance infuse their movement for justice with healing and imagination, inspiring thousands through their award-winning multimedia theater, dual-voice spoken word, visual art, sustainable touring, and community organizing.

Alixa and Naima have taken their work from South Africa to Cuba, the UK to Mexico, and throughout the U.S. including 11,000 miles toured on a bus converted to run on recycled vegetable oil.

They have been featured alongside powerhouses such as Alice Walker, Danny Glover, Cornel West, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Little Dragon, Naomi Klein, and Angela Davis, who remarked, “Each time I have the pleasure of attending a performance by Climbing PoeTree, I feel enriched, renewed, and inspired. Alixa and Naima insist that poetry can change the world — and it is true that the urgency, power and beauty of their words impel us to keep striving for the radical futures toward which they gesture.”

There will be FREE buses to the show from Amherst (departing Haigis Mall at 6:10pm) and Northampton (departing from the Academy of Music at 6:20 and Sheldon Field at 6:25). Buses will leave Holyoke 20 minutes after the show ends at approximately 9 p.m. Buses are free and open to all. No reservations or UMass ID required.


Sponsored by Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series & Co-hosted by Wistariahurst Museum