Black History Month Poetry and Open Mic
Start Date: February 28, 2013
End Date: February 28, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Becker College 2nd Annual Black History Month Readings and Community Discussion
Thursday, February 28, 2013 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Snow Date: March 7, 2013 7:00-8:00 p.m.
80 William Street, Main House Grand Parlor
Worcester, MA 01609
Title: “The Dream and the Hope of the Slave”*
*Maya Angelou – “Still I Rise”
Bearing Witness to and Celebrating the 394-year African American Journey from Jamestown, 1619, to Worcester, 2013
Student Hosts: The Students of English 3705 African American Poetry Class
Co-Moderators: Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., President, Becker College
John R. Deitrick, Professor and Chair, Humanities and Languages Department
Welcome: President Johnson
Opening and Introduction: Professor Deitrick
Poetry Reading: Emceed by Ron Dorleans ’13
Selected lyric and narrative poems of Maya Angelou, Arna Bontemps, Lucille Clifton, Countee Cullen, Ralph Dickey, James A. Emanuel, Angelina W. Grimke, Robert Hayden, Frances Harper, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Emmett Till, and James M. Whitefield
Readers: The Students of English 3705 African American Poetry Class
Rasheen Green, Victoria Horning, Nathan Kessler, Jeff Millien, Queen Moore, Ron Dorleans, Sofia Stam, and Erica-Lynn Wesoly
Open Mic for Students and Community: Storytelling, Feedback, Questions
Moderator: President Johnson
Academic Final Thoughts, Thanks: Professor Deitrick
Closing Call to Action, “We Are the Change”: President Johnson
Books by African American authors and on topics related to African American history will be available for purchase.
Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Becker College Bookstores.