Black History Month at IU Bloomington

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Black History Month 2014 theme is "Civil Rights in America," recognizing the important milestones by African Americans and others in the battle for civil rights and equal treatment under the law.  Join the IU Bloomington community in celebrating Black History Month with a local theme of "Let's Move! Freedom and Wellness in Civil Society."

12th Annual African American Read-In
Mon., Feb. 3, from 10am-1pm
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center
(275 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington)
The IU Bloomington 12th Annual African-American Read-In Chain is part of a national event that was started in 1989 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). It consists of a group of people coming together and reading works by authors of African descent or sharing original works about the Black experience. In that tradition, IU Bloomington invites local high school students to share their favorite authors and/or original works. They will be part of the National African American Read-In Chain and join over a million people around the country celebrating the works of Black authors. Following the African American Read-In there will be a college panel. For additional information, contact or call (812) 855-9271.  Watch a video of a past Read-In.

ACC's Over a Cup of Tea: "Black and Yellow, Black and Yellow: Black Power and Asian American Leftist Activism"
Thu., Feb. 6, from 5-6pm
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center (275 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington)
The Civil Rights/Black Power movements (the Black Panther Party in particular) influenced much of the radical grassroots activism of Asian Americans in the 1960s. Although much of the Asian American movement was based in large part in nationalism, the Black Panther Party either worked in coalition with Asian American groups or Asian American groups modeled some of their methods and ideology after the Panthers. The discussion will be moderated by Associate professor, Jakobi Williams, Department of African American and African. This event is part of the Black History Month events and is sponsored by the IU Asian Culture Center and the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center.

Peformance by IU African American Dance Company
Tue., Feb. 11, from 12:15-1pm
Ivy Tech Community College Student Commons
(200 Daniels Way, Bloomington)

Black History Month Program: Guest Speaker Carolyn Calloway-Thomas
Sun., Feb. 23, from 3-4pm
Second Baptist Church
(321 N. Rogers St., Bloomington)
Carolyn Calloway-Thomas studies intercultural communication, African American communication, intersections between empathy and conflict, and pedagogy and civic engagement. She is currently president of the World Communication Association and president of the Bloomington Faculty Council at Indiana University. She is author of Empathy in the Global World: An Intercultural Perspective (2010), coauthor of Intercultural Communication: a Text/Reader (2007) and Intercultural Communication: Roots and Routes (1999) and coeditor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Sermonic Power of Public Discourse (1993).

From Minnie to Clemente to Yasiel Puig: Afro-Latinos and the Enduring Problem of Race in America’s Game
Wed., Feb. 26, from 7-8pm
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center (275 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington)
Talk by Dr. Adrian Burgos from University of Illinois (Champaign-Urban) who specializes in US Latino history, sports history, urban history, and African American history. Dr. Burgos’ work analyzes the incorporation of players from the Spanish-speaking Americas into U.S. professional baseball to illuminate the working of baseball’s color line. His interest in race and baseball integration further explores what it means to be black and brown in the United States. Sponsors: Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center and La Casa/Latino Cultural Center.

Release Party for Saint Monkey, debut novel by Jacinda Townsend
Fri., Feb. 28, from 5-7pm
Indiana Memorial Union Federal Room
Celebrate the release of this exciting new novel at this 50’s themed release party. Enjoy jazz, historical photography and great food.

Fourteen-year-old Audrey Martin, with her Poindexter glasses and her head humming the 3/4 meter of gospel music, knows she’ll never get out of Kentucky—but when her fingers touch the piano keys, the whole church trembles. Her best friend, Caroline, daydreams about Hollywood stardom, but both girls feel destined to languish in a slow-moving stopover town in Montgomery County. That is, until chance intervenes and a booking agent offers Audrey a ticket to join the booming jazz scene in Harlem—an offer she can’t resist, not even for Caroline. And in New York City the music never stops. Audrey flirts with love and takes the stage at the Apollo, with its fast-dancing crowds and blinding lights. But fortunes can turn fast in the city—young talent means tough competition, and for Audrey failure is always one step away. Meanwhile, Caroline sinks into the quiet anguish of a Black woman in a backwards country, where her ambitions and desires only slip further out of reach.

"This is a breathtakingly insightful, suspenseful, and gorgeously realized novel of cruelty and sorrow, anger and forgiveness, improvisation and survival, and the transcendent beauty of nature and art." — Donna Seaman, Booklist, Starred Review