Manhattan College Celebrates Black History Month

The month's events kick off on Monday, February 5 with a dinner, performances and an appearance by actor David Roberts.

Drumline at the 2017 Black History Month opening dinnerDuring the month of February, Manhattan College will host several events celebrating the legacy of African-Americans and their contributions to world history, arts, culture and current events.

The list of events will be updated throughout the month with any updates or additions to the schedule.

Monday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m., Smith Auditorium

The Black History Month Opening Dinner celebrates black culture and will feature different aspects of dance, music and poetry. Performers include the drum line from Brooklyn United, a West African dance group and poet and actor David Roberts (Orange Is The New Black) and greetings from the Bronx Borough President’s Office.

Wednesday, Feb. 7, Noon, Kelly Commons, fifth floor

Vin Baker, a four-time NBA All-Star, current assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, and author of the recently published book, God and Starbucks, will share his story of redemption after financial difficulties, and how hard work and his faith led him to a miraculous rebound.

Saturday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Kelly Commons, third floor and fifth floor

The College will host a People of Color Symposium, a one-day workshop to discuss the issues affecting people of color at Manhattan College and the global community. Olivier Noel, founder of DNA Simple, which helps accelerate genetic research by connecting DNA donors with research scientists, will be the keynote speaker. Noel appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in November 2017 and received funding for DNA Simple from host Mark Cuban.

Monday, Feb. 12, 4:30 p.m., O’Malley Library, room 100

David Orth-Moore, the Senior Advisor for Africa at Catholic Relief Services, will deliver the annual Cost of War lecture. He will speak on global citizenship and the challenge of peacebuilding in our world today, with a special focus on Africa.

Monday, Feb. 26, 5 p.m., Kelly Commons 5B

The Multicultural Center presents “Her Story: Black Women in the Arts.” A panel of women of color who work in the arts will discuss their successes and struggles.

By Pete McHugh