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Black History Month Events

The BCC would like to thank everyone who came and celebrated Black History Month with us in 2020. Below you will find a comprehensive list of all the events done this year. Stay tuned next year for Black History Month 2021.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVentS 2020

February 1

Journey To Jubilee

10:00 AM | SLC Roundabout

RSVP Required

Journey to Jubilee follows the first African-Americans who were brought to Belle Meade in 1807 and shows how vital their presence was to the existence of the property and to the family until 1906. These men and women were here from enslavement to freedom. They endured, and we want to honor them by telling their story. In this tour, nearly one-hundred years of their history is explored through the research of primary sources. Come trace their existence through the history of Belle Meade Plantation on their Journey to Jubilee.

 

February 3

Black History Month Kickoff

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | BCC Auditorium

Please join the BCC for a cultural celebration to launch the beginning of Black History Month. The program will feature vibrant music, great food, and a brief presentation on the historical significance of the month and the events to come.

 

 

 

 

Cooking and Kreyòl

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center Kitchen

 

 

 

 

February 4

Beyond Trouillot: Unsetting Genealogies of Haitian Thought

12:10 PM – 2:00 PM | BCC Auditorium

Join us for a lunch talk with Marlene Daut in the BCC Auditorium.

 

 

 

Dinner and a Draft

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Black Cultural Center

Get a great dinner. Get a new perspective on writing. Get to know a professor in a fun, informal setting. Join us for Dinner and a Draft! Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot soon at vanderbilt.edu/writing.

About Dr. Tiffany Patterson

Dr. Patterson is an associate professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and of
History at Vanderbilt University. Her research & teaching focus on African American and African Diaspora History with an emphasis on colonialism and anti-colonial movements;
migrations; social history of gender and color; color and class in Afro-American Communities; gender matters in the African Atlantic world; and de-colonial movements and the moral imaginations of intellectuals in the African Diaspora.

February 5

In Transit: Memorialization Reconciliation and Remembrance at the Haitian-Dominican Border

12:10 PM – 2:00 PM | Buttrick Hall Room 123

Join us for a lunch talk with Megan Myers in Buttrick Hall Room 123.

 

 

 

Reconsidering the Archives and History of Haitian Emigration

4:10 PM – 6:00 PM | Robert Penn Warren Center

Join us for a talk and reception with Brandon Byrd in Robert Penn Warren Center.

 

 

 

Boo’d Up: Exploring Relationships Among Black Women

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM | BCC Auditorium

RSVP Required

Join us in the BCC Auditorium as we explore shared living experiences of Black women.

 

 

 

 

HeartbreAKA

6:08 PM – 8:00 PM | Sarratt Cinema

Join us for the annual HeartbreAKA event to win a dinner date with an eligible Vanderbilt bachelor. We will be accepting art supplies and monetary donations for entry (Venmo/Cashapp accepted).

 

 

 

 

February 6

Relax & Reset Yoga with Jo-Jo Jackson: Afro-Punk Edition

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | BCC Auditorium

Calm and relax your mind with our weekly yoga event, Afro-Punk Edition. Healthy lifestyles and a sense of well-being are essential components of Black life at Vanderbilt.  Certified yoga instructor Jo-Jo Jackson will offer reoccurring yoga classes in the BCC throughout the school year to help nourish the body and the spirit.

About Jo-Jo Jackson

Jo-Jo Jackson started practicing yoga in January 2010. In April 2014, Jo-Jo completed a 250-hr Yoga Teacher Training program at Asheville Yoga Center. In December 2018, she completed 450 hours of her 600-hr Ayurvedic Health Counselor program with Mas Vidal of Dancing Shiva Yoga & Ayurveda. Jo-Jo’s now enrolled in Asheville Yoga Center’s advanced studies 300-hr Yoga Teacher program to complete her 500-hr certification as an advanced practitioner. Her Hatha-vinyasa classes are dynamic, vigorous, playful, and creative; her restorative Hatha yoga classes are grounding, relaxing, centering, and peaceful.

Fatal Assistance (FILM SCREENING)

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM | Sarratt Cinema

Come to the film screening of Fatal Assistance in Sarratt Cinema.

Plot: Fatal Assistance

Filmmaker Raoul Peck looks at failed efforts to rebuild post-earthquake Haiti, including the disclosure that much of the money pledged to Haiti, was either never disbursed or was not applied to reconstruction efforts.

February 7

Black History Immersion Excursion (INVITE ONLY)

February 7 – 9 | Alabama & New Orleans, LA

This year, the BCC is funding a Black History Month Excursion to Birmingham, AL, Mobile, AL, and New Orleans, LA. The faculty and students who have been invited to attend will be able to explore the following places:

  • February 7: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and 16th Street Baptist Church
  • February 8: Dora Franklin Finley African American Heritage Trail and Whitney Plantation
  • February 9: African Heritage French Quarter Walking Tour

February 8

VIBE Thru Time

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

GME Credit

Join Vanderbilt’s premier hip-hop dance organization for our annual showcase. The show features all original student-crafted choreography uniquely arranged to tell a captivating story about dance through time. You don’t want to miss it!

 

 

 

 

February 10

Pedagogies of Love: Supporting Identities for Learning in an Unjust World

 

 

 

 

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality (FILM SCREENING)

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Sarratt Cinema

Come watch the life of Bryan Stevenson and hear about his fight for equality in Sarratt Cinema.

Plot for True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality

For more than three decades, Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has advocated on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, seeking to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. An intimate portrait of this remarkable man, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s FIght for Equality follows his struggle to create greater fairness in the system and shows how racial injustice emerged, evolved and continues to threaten the country, challenging viewers to confront it.

February 11

Reproductive (In)justice

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM | Kissam MPR

Briana Perry from Healthy and Free Tennessee joins us to discuss the forced participation of marginalized groups in medical research and how we can acknowledge those who were harmed and exploited for us to have the medical technologies we can rely on today.

 

 

 

 

Black Theatre: The Making of A Movement (FILM SCREENING)

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | BCC Auditorium

Join us for the film screening of Black Theatre: The Making of A Movement. The film documents the birth of this new theatre and highlights the leading figures that transformed the American stage. A discussion will follow the screening of the documentary.

 

 

 

 

February 12

The 12th Annual Murray Lecture

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Sarratt Cinema

Join us for the 12th Annual Murray Lecture featuring Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack. Dr. Jack is the assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of “The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students”.

 

 

 

 

The 12th Annual Murray Lecture: Dean’s Dinner

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Black Cultural Center

RSVP Required: jennifer.atwood@vanderbilt.edu

Please join us for dinner and discussion with Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack, who will be giving the 12th Annual Murray Lecture this year. Dr. Jack is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and Assistant Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also the author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students. Dr. Jack will be sharing his scholarship with us about the experiences that disadvantaged students often have in College.

 

February 13

Relax & Reset Yoga with Jo-Jo Jackson: Reggae Edition

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | BCC Auditorium

Calm and relax your mind with our weekly yoga event, Reggae Edition. Healthy lifestyles and a sense of well-being are essential components of Black life at Vanderbilt.  Certified yoga instructor Jo-Jo Jackson will offer reoccurring yoga classes in the BCC throughout the school year to help nourish the body and the spirit.

About Jo-Jo Jackson

Jo-Jo Jackson started practicing yoga in January 2010. In April 2014, Jo-Jo completed a 250-hr Yoga Teacher Training program at Asheville Yoga Center. In December 2018, she completed 450 hours of her 600-hr Ayurvedic Health Counselor program with Mas Vidal of Dancing Shiva Yoga & Ayurveda. Jo-Jo’s now enrolled in Asheville Yoga Center’s advanced studies 300-hr Yoga Teacher program to complete her 500-hr certification as an advanced practitioner. Her Hatha-vinyasa classes are dynamic, vigorous, playful, and creative; her restorative Hatha yoga classes are grounding, relaxing, centering, and peaceful.

February 14

Treat Yo Self: Black Dessert Bar

12:00 PM | Black Cultural Center

We believe in treating yourself on this special Valentine’s Day! Come satisfy your sweet tooth by sampling sweet treats from local Black vendors.

 

 

 

 

 

February 15

Harambee

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Langford Auditorium

Join us as we celebrate African culture and the diaspora with our annual Harambee event! Enjoy performances from multiple organizations and learn about African culture. Tickets can be purchased in Sarratt Box Office.

 

 

 

 

February 17

Black History Immersion Excursion: Debrief

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | BCC Auditorium

This year, the Black Cultural Center is sponsoring a free excursion to Alabama and New Orleans. For those that can’t make this excursion, this event will be a debrief about what was seen on the trip with an honest discussion about our legacy and history.

 

 

 

 

Black Resource Fair: Mental Health

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | BCC Auditorium

Have you had an issue on campus and didn’t know where to go? Are you interested in learning about the resources for Black students at Vanderbilt? Come to the Black Resource Fair and get help from the different on-campus resources.

 

 

 

 

February 18

Black Women and Social Activism

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

RSVP Required on Anchorlink

Join us for the second installment of the Women’s Center Kitchen Table Series 2020 where we will discuss the contributions of Black women to social activism over time. Black women have been revolutionary in calling attention to racial issues, but they rarely receive attention or credit for their activism. This KTS will examine how Black women have founded and worked in several social movements including Black Lives Matter and #MeToo. Dinner will be provided.

 

 

Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace (FILM SCREENING)

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Black Cultural Center

Come watch the captivating story about Perry Wallace. Learn about what he had to face for us to be welcomed at Vanderbilt.

 

 

 

 

 

February 19

Etiquette Dinner

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Black Cultural Center

RSVP Required

Have you ever gone out to dinner with your boss and just didn’t know what the proper etiquette was? Join the BCC and the Career Center as they will inform you about the proper etiquette at the dinner table.

 

 

 

 

Boo’d Up: Loving Yourself First

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM | Alumni 100 Lounge

All too often, Black women put the needs of others before themselves. This year, the Black Cultural Center wants to invite all Black women to become more aware of what you need and give you the tools to have a healthy self-care routine.

 

 

 

 

February 20

Career Mentoring Lunch Series: Charlene Oliver

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM | BCC Seminar Room

RSVP Required

Are you interested in working in a non-profit? Do you see yourself being an activist for social justice and equality? Then, come learn from Charlene Oliver about what it takes to work in the non-profit industry.

About Charlene Oliver, MPA

Hailed as a “Now Generation Activist by The Tennessean and a 2019 Woman of Influence by the Nashville Business Journal, Chalene Oliver is an award-winning community advocate, respected movement builder, public relations strategist and a rising star among Music City’s political scene. She is the co-founder and executive director of The Equity Alliance, a nonprofit that empowers, equips and mobilizes black voters to be engaged in the civic process in a state with one of the lowest voter participation rates in the nation. As a trusted voice on voting rights issues, her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and throughout Tennessee. She has graced the coveted stage at the inaugural TEDxNashvilleWomen and has been a featured guest on various local television broadcasts and national podcasts. Her organization led a statewide coalition that registered 10,000 Black and brown Tennesseans to vote for the 2018 midterms, increased Black voter turnout by 413 percent and was responsible for endorsing and electing the most diverse and progressive Metro Council in the city’s history.

Promoting Black Student Success in STEM

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | BCC Legacy Lounge

Join Dr. Reid, Executive Director of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), in an informal discussion about proper study habits for STEM students. Learn about what it takes to be successful and not get discouraged in these fields.

 

 

 

 

Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and the Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana

4:10 PM – 6:00 PM | Central Library Community Room

Professor Alejandro de la Fuente will be here at Vanderbilt University giving an insightful talk about his book Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and the Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana. Learn about his experiences and how that has shaped his perspectives about race in the United States. A reception will follow the discussion.

 

 

 

 

Relax & Reset Yoga with Jo-Jo Jackson: Beyoncé Edition

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | BCC Auditorium

Unleash your inner diva and show off how flawless you are in this weekly yoga class, Beyonce Edition. Healthy lifestyles and a sense of well-being are essential components of Black life at Vanderbilt.  Certified yoga instructor Jo-Jo Jackson will offer reoccurring yoga classes in the BCC throughout the school year to help nourish the body and the spirit. Even Queen Bey needs a moment to unwind and refresh.

About Jo-Jo Jackson

Jo-Jo Jackson started practicing yoga in January 2010. In April 2014, Jo-Jo completed a 250-hr Yoga Teacher Training program at Asheville Yoga Center. In December 2018, she completed 450 hours of her 600-hr Ayurvedic Health Counselor program with Mas Vidal of Dancing Shiva Yoga & Ayurveda. Jo-Jo’s now enrolled in Asheville Yoga Center’s advanced studies 300-hr Yoga Teacher program to complete her 500-hr certification as an advanced practitioner. Her Hatha-vinyasa classes are dynamic, vigorous, playful, and creative; her restorative Hatha yoga classes are grounding, relaxing, centering, and peaceful.

February 21

Spades 101

12:15 PM – 2:00 PM | BCC Auditorium

Don’t know how to play Spades? Are you curious about how it became integrated with Black culture? Come to Spades 101 to learn the history of Spades and how to play!

 

 

 

 

 

February 22

Lights, Camera, Excellence: An All Black Affair

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Alumni Hall 200

Join the Black Student Association for the annual All Black Affair. Enjoy food and music as awards are given out to students who have exemplified excellence.

 

 

 

 

 

A Conversation with Zach Stafford

4:00 – 6:00 PM | Sarratt Cinema

Are you interested in hosting Internet news shows? Are you interested in becoming a journalist? Come to the Sarratt Cinema to gain some insight on how to be successful as a journalist or news host from the co-host of Buzzfeed News’ AM to DM and award-winning journalist, Zach Stafford.

 

 

 

 

February 23

Knock Out Hunger: Combating Campus Food Insecurities

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM | 1906 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37203

Join the Black Cultural Center and the Mu Rho Divas of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated at the Title Boxing Club near campus. The class is FREE for the first 50 people with the donation of a non-perishable food item to the BCC Pantry between February 10-14.

 

 

 

 

February 25

Black History Month Faculty Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM | BCC Auditorium

The Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence invites all faculty and staff to come to enjoy a delicious breakfast in the BCC Auditorium.

 

 

A-‘Dore-Ing Yourself: How to Negotiate Self-Care Within Your Professional Identity

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

RSVP Required

The mental health of an employee is not usually included in a company’s contract. Join the Women’s Center to learn how to negotiate this before signing on with a company.

 

 

 

 

Moonlit Moments (FILM SCREENING)

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | BCC Auditorium

Join us in the BCC to watch the film Moonlight and discuss intersectionality between the Black and LGBTQ+ communities. Come learn about how the marginalizations of these groups individually will negatively impact someone who exists in both communities.

 

 

 

 

 

February 26

P.R.I.D.E. Training

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM | BCC Auditorium

As we become a more inclusive school and nation, it can become challenging to know what is appropriate and inappropriate language and habits to use in safe spaces. Come to this P.R.I.D.E (Pursuing Respect, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity) Training to learn the appropriate way to be an advocate for marginalized groups.

 

 

 

February 27

Black History Month Closeout Luncheon

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | BCC Auditorium

Come to the 2020 Black History Month Closeout Luncheon to celebrate a month full of pride and unity. Although the month has ended, we invite you to celebrate Black history and our pioneers’ contributions to society every day.

 

 

Relax & Reset Yoga with Jo-Jo Jackson: 90’s R&B Edition

Calm and relax your mind with our weekly yoga event, 90s R&B Edition. Healthy lifestyles and a sense of well-being are essential components of Black life at Vanderbilt.  Certified yoga instructor Jo-Jo Jackson will offer reoccurring yoga classes in the BCC throughout the school year to help nourish the body and the spirit.

About Jo-Jo Jackson

Jo-Jo Jackson started practicing yoga in January 2010. In April 2014, Jo-Jo completed a 250-hr Yoga Teacher Training program at Asheville Yoga Center. In December 2018, she completed 450 hours of her 600-hr Ayurvedic Health Counselor program with Mas Vidal of Dancing Shiva Yoga & Ayurveda. Jo-Jo’s now enrolled in Asheville Yoga Center’s advanced studies 300-hr Yoga Teacher program to complete her 500-hr certification as an advanced practitioner. Her Hatha-vinyasa classes are dynamic, vigorous, playful, and creative; her restorative Hatha yoga classes are grounding, relaxing, centering, and peaceful.

February 28

Black Staff Luncheon

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | BCC Auditorium

The BCC would like to show its appreciation to all the Black faculty on campus. We notice all the hard work you do and support you provide to your students, and we’d like to treat you to a well-deserved lunch in the BCC.

 

 

 

 

Alvin Ailey: American Dance Theater

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)

The BCC will giveaway 3 pairs of tickets to anyone who is interested in attending this Alvin Ailey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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