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    

2013 Special Commemoration: An Oral Remembrance of Rosa Parks and Her Legacy
By members of Rosa Parks’ extended family, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of her birth, February 4, 1913

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.

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