Opening Ceremony 2013
Wednesday, January 30
1:00 pm, Student Activities Center, Ballroom A
Throughout February 2013, Stony Brook University will host Black History Month, an annual tradition that celebrates the African American experience. The month will kick off with the Black History Month Opening Ceremony, featuring guest speaker Dr. Shaun Harper.
Throughout February, there will be educational, social, and cultural programs reflecting the month's theme, Sankofa! The Revival held on the Stony Brook campus. The concept of Sankofa has its origin in Ghana, West Africa. When translated, it means that "it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot." Sankofa is used throughout the pan-African world to promote the idea that African people must go back to their roots in order to move forward. The theme Sankofa! The Revival was created to re-ignite awareness, appreciation, passion, and commitment to Black History Month for all people, but especially those whose ancestors are from the African Diaspora.
Additional programs include the Black History Month Spoken Word Contest on February 21 and the Black History Month Unity Forum on February 26. The activities culminate on February 28 with the Black History Month Closing Program. Unless indicated otherwise on the Black History Month Calendar Listing, all events are open to members of the Stony Brook University community.
Black History Month is coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Black History Month Committee.
For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs (631) 632-9968.
In 1926, Harvard scholar-activist Carter G. Woodson proposed the second week of February for "Negro History Week," primarily because it marks the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two men who had profoundly impacted the history of black people in America. The week was expanded into an entire month in 1976 as the nation reached its bicentennial year. At this time new light was thrown on the significance of February in African-American History:
Carrying Forth the Mission
Stony Brook University's racial diversity and scholarly excellence puts us in an outstanding position to celebrate the achievements and acknowledge the struggles of African-Americans. This is, of course, a year-round responsibility. With the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, we believe that "Black history, like American history, should be studied 365 days a year. Yet we continue to view February as the critical month for carrying forth the mission."