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Black History Month Events

Below is a comprehensive list of events happening across the Vanderbilt campus during Black History Month.  Those events that appear in red are sponsored or co-sponsored by the Black Cultural Center (BCC).  As events occur, they are rolled to the bottom of the list.

1 | February

12:00 p.m.   

Black History Month Kickoff BCC

Location – Black Cultural Center, Auditorium

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2 | February

1:00 p.m.     

Community Service Project BCC and LGBTQI Life

Location – Second Harvest Food Bank, 331 Great Circle Rd, Nashville, TN 37228

Join us for a joint service project between the Black Cultural Center and the Office of LGBTQI Life.

6:30 p.m.

BE (VIBE)BRANT! VIBE Hip Hop

Langford Auditorium

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3 | February

2:30 p.m.     

Sigma Soul Food Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Location – Black Cultural Center, Auditorium

Join the brotherhood of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the sisters of Sigma Gamma Rho for a festive pre-game celebration featuring soul food and entertainment.  Then stay to enjoy Superbowl 53! Whether you are rooting for the Patriots, the Rams, or neither come out and enjoy the festivities.

4 | February

4:00 p.m.     

2019 Black Atlantic Lecture | Robert Penn Warren Center & Circum Atlantic Studies Seminar Group

Location – Black Cultural Center, Auditorium

Dr. Herman L. Bennett (history, City University of New York) will deliver the Warren Center’s annual Black Atlantic History Lecture entitled “Before the Human: Africans, Sovereigns & Slaves.” The Black Atlantic History Lecture is hosted by the Warren Center’s Circum-Atlantic Studies Seminar, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center in honor of Black History Month.

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5 | February

6:00 p.m.     

VIDE Trivia and Game Night BCC

Location – Black Cultural Center, Auditorium

The Vanderbilt Intentional Diversity Experience (VIDE) is an initiative spearheaded by the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.  The initiative is intended to create structured and informal opportunities for students at Vanderbilt University to engage in meaningful conversations and experiences with individuals outside of the normal demographics of their friendship circles.  The primary objective is to foster the development of diverse networks across campus.

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6 | February

4:00 p.m.     

Hannibal Lokumbe Discussion & Performance BCC

Location – Black Cultural Center

Composer Hannibal Lokumbe joins Dr. Rosevelt Noble, a scholar of the American criminal justice system and Director of the BCC, for a conversation discussing Hannibal’s work with incarcerated men and women around the country, the power of music to heal, and the impact of race in the American prison system.

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8:00 p.m.     

Do the Right Thing – 30th Anniversary Viewing BCC

Location – Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212

This cinema classic is timely given the growing state of unrest with race relations in America. In a film that details the events of a single day, Spike Lee creates a film that bravely takes on the good and the bad of race in our country. As stated by movie critic Roger Ebert:

“In May of 1989 I walked out of the screening at the Cannes Film Festival with tears in my eyes. Spike Lee had done an almost impossible thing. He’d made a movie about race in America that empathized with all the participants. He didn’t draw lines or take sides but simply looked with sadness at one racial flashpoint that stood for many others.”

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7 | February

12:00 p.m.     

Linked In Networking, The 5W Approach | BCC, Career Center, STRANDS

Location – Black Cultural Center, Auditorium

Students will learn the five W’s (who, what, when, where, why) regarding networking and informational interviewing, how to effectively utilize professional networking resources such as LinkedIn to connect with alumni and professionals, and even make use of the most popular social media applications to grow and expand their connections. Students will also have the opportunity to take professional headshots for use in social media profiles, internship and employment applications.

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8 | February

12:00 p.m.

Black Boy Joy Photo Exhibit Opening | BCC

Locations – Black Cultural Center, Gallery Space

Black Boy Joy is a social media hashtag aimed at stripping Black men of the stereotypes that they can only be angry or tough. As stated by Claxton Everett, “Black boys, no matter who they are, where they come from or even where they are going, deserve space to exude their emotions unapologetically. Whether it is sadness or joy, we deserve to be there for each other: Encouraging ourselves, building our kingdoms together and polishing our CROWNS like the kings that we are. Acknowledging the beauty and truths within our differences is what makes the exuberance even more brilliant And that is what #blackboyjoy is all about. It’s more than a hashtag. It is our humanity.”

The photos in the exhibit were taken previously of members of the Vanderbilt community who identify as Black and male.

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4:00 p.m.     

Black History Immersion Excursion

| BCC, Residential Education, African American and Diaspora Studies, and Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence

Locations – Montgomery, AL, and Selma, AL 

From February 8-10, the BCC will take our inaugural Black History Immersion Excursion to Alabama.  During the excursion, 48 students and 16 faculty/staff will learn more about the racial history of slavery, key moments and individuals the civil rights movement, mass incarceration, voting rights, etc.  The attendees will visit seven tour destinations in Montgomery, AL. Stops in Montgomery, AL include:

  • Civil Rights Museum and Memorial
  • Dexter Parsonage Museum
  • First White House of the Confederacy
  • Dexter Ave. King Memorial Baptist Church
  • Freedom Rides Museum
  • Rosa Parks Library and Museum
  • The National Memorial for Peace and Justice
  • The Legacy Museum, From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration

Tour destinations in Selma, AL will include:

  • National Voting Rights Museum and Institute
  • Edmund Pettus Bridge

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9 | February

12:00 p.m.     

Civil Rights Room Black Law Students Association

Location – Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street, NashvilleTN 37219

The Civil Rights Room is a space for education and exploration of the Civil Rights Collection. The materials exhibited here capture the drama of a time when thousands of African-American citizens in Nashville sparked a nonviolent challenge to racial segregation in the city and across the South.

Click the link below to learn more about the Nashville Public Library, Civil Rights Room:

https://library.nashville.org/research/collection/civil-rights-room

 

10 | February

7:45 p.m.     

The Anchored Worship Service: Racism Office of Religious Life 

Location – Black Cultural Center, Auditorium

The Anchored is a monthly worship service led by Reverend Shantell Hinton, Assistant University Chaplain, Assistant Director of Religious Life. The theme for service is “Racism.”

About Reverend Hinton:

Reverend Hinton is a native of Conway, Arkansas. She recently graduated with a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School where she was awarded theKelly Miller Smith Institute for Black Church Studies Certificate, the Luke-Acts Prize, the Liston O. Mills Award, and the Florence Conwell Prize. She also attended Vanderbilt University and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and Colorado State University for a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, with a concentration in Controls and Robotics. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the National Society of Black Engineers. She has worked as a Process Control Engineer and as a Bible teacher for various organizations. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and serves as Worship Coordinator at New Covenant Christian Church in Nashville, TN.

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11 | February

12:00 p.m.     

Gallery Talk: Alicia Henry on her exhibit “Patterns” Vanderbilt Divinity School

Location – Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room 120

Commemorating Black History Month, artist and Fisk University professor Alicia Henry will speak about “Patterns,” her exhibit of mixed-media works on display in room G-20 at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Henry’s talk will take place from 12 – 1 PM in Divinity room G-20 on Monday, February 11, 2019,  The “Patterns” exhibit will be on display from January 31st through March 14, 2019.

Click the link below for more information about this event:

https://events.vanderbilt.edu/index.php?eID=126669

6:00 p.m.     

Being Black at Vanderbilt 101 | BCC

Location – Black Cultural Center

Based on the research conducted as part of the Lost in the Ivy project, Dr. Rosevelt Noble will present generalized findings of the experience of Black students at Vanderbilt.  To date, he has conducted over 500 interviews with Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni about their experience at the university.

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To read more about the Lost in the Ivy project visit:

https://my.vanderbilt.edu/lostintheivy/

12 | February

6:00 p.m.     

The Hate Within | BCC, LGBTQI Life, Lambda Association

Location – Black Cultural Center, Auditorium

Join us for a town hall discussion on homophobia and transphobia within the Black community.

Did you know…while Black people comprise roughly 12 percent of the U.S. population, 44 percent of homeless gay youth are black, as are 62 percent of homeless transgender youth?

“We in the African American community, we have to stop low-key co-signing homophobia.” ~Don Lemon

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13 | February

6:30 p.m.     

The Hate U Give: Finding Your Activism and Turning the Political into the Personal | Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Location – Langford Auditorium

Come hear this powerful keynote lecture with award-winning author of The Hate You Give, Angie Thomas!

Tickets are required and can be picked up at the Sarratt Box office or online at:

Angie Thomas keynote.

The event is free and open to the public. General public tickets are available NOW!

14 | February

6:00 p.m.     

Trap Yoga BCC

Location – Black Cultural Center, Auditorium

Trap yoga is a style of yoga class that combines the physical asana practice with trap music, a type of hip-hop that originated in the southern United States. Brandon Copeland, a Washington, D.C.-based yoga instructor, is credited with developing the practice.

Trap yoga was created to provide a welcoming environment for newcomers who might feel uncomfortable in the silence of a traditional class or in a class with music that didn’t reflect their culture. At the same time, Trap yoga is designed to empower the yogis and promote wellness. While the music is louder, the main focus is the breath, traditional Ashtanga postures, and the gaze.

The class will be taught by Demita, founder of Nashville Trap Yoga:

https://trapyoganashville.wordpress.com/

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15 | February

8:00 a.m.     

Revives My Soul Again: The Spirituality of Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Breakfast | Vanderbilt Divinity School

Location – Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room 124

The scholarship on Martin Luther King Jr. is seriously lacking in terms of richly nuanced and revelatory treatments of his spirituality and spiritual life. This breakfast will address this neglect by focusing on King’s life as a paradigm of a deep, vital, engaging, balanced, and contagious spirituality.

The discussion facilitators are Dr. Victor Anderson and Rev. Dr. Lewis V. Baldwin.

Reservations are necessary.  To RSVP, please visit the website below:

https://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/news/breakfasts.php

5:30 p.m.

Black-Jewish Shabbat | BCC, Vanderbilt Hillel

Location – Vanderbilt Jewish Life Center

Please join us for a night of community building and fellowship among two special populations on the Vanderbilt campus.  During this special event, we attend a Black-Jewish Shabbat Service starting at 5:30 followed by dinner and a discussion. The discussion will be led by Dr. Adam Meyer, Professor of Black-Jewish Relations.

If you are interested in attending, please click the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScM-hvp3-YUwt1sTpHgrGVdeXoKJZ6bqhT-yaLQSWQcoUknMQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

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16 | February

7:00 p.m.     

Harambee | African Student Union

Location – Langford Auditorium (performance) and Student Life Center (dinner) 

Vanderbilt’s LARGEST African cultural showcase yet is BACK and better than ever!!!

Harambee is a Swahili word for “all pull together;” and is a reflection of how the Harambee showcase is created each and every year. Join the African Student Union for a night celebrating the rich diversity and heritage of the African continent with Vanderbilt students through dancing, acting, modeling, and so much more!

  • Dinner in the SLC: 5pm
  • Show at Langford: 7pm

Tickets are on sale NOW and can be purchased at Sarratt Box Office:
Show only: $12
Show + Dinner: $15

Don’t miss out on this annual one-night show! You won’t be disappointed!

17 | February

2:00 p.m.     

African Dance Class | BCC

Location – Black Cultural Center 

Feeling inspired by Harambee!!!  Join us for an exhilarating African Dance Class with Windship Boyd!

Dancer and choreographer, Windship Boyd is constantly exploring dance genres, bodies and their unique energies. Trained as a classical and modern dancer, she discovered the exciting world of hip hop on her arrival in France and hasn’t ceased to develop the rhythms and steps of African dance. The collective construction of her shows offers a mixture of humor and movement dynamics, enhanced by a melting pot of music, voices, sonorized movements, and cadenced rhythms.

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4:00 p.m.     

Becoming Skilled | Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., BCC, Wond’ry, BSA, MLC

Location – Black Cultural Center 

Are you a budding entrepreneur? Have you always been fascinated with the idea of the side hustle? Are you not quite sure if entrepreneurship is for you? Join the Omnipotent Omega Pi chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. for an entrepreneurship workshop co-sponsored by the Black Cultural Center, the Wond’ry, the Black Student Association, and the Multicultural Leadership Council!
Come learn about how to find and develop your business ideas and discover more about the entrepreneurial skills that can take you far in any career! Mignon Francois, owner of the infamous Cupcake Collection, will be the guest speaker for the event, so you don’t want to miss this! Attendees will have a chance to win a copy of Michelle Obama’s best-selling book “Becoming” or a pair of Beats Powerbeats headphones.

18 | February

3:00 p.m.     

Black History Immersion Excursion Reflections | BCC

Location – Black Cultural Center 

Students, faculty, and staff attendees at the Black History Immersion Excursion to Montgomery and Selma, Alabama will gather for reflections on the experience.

6:00 p.m.     

“Rikers: An American Jail” Viewing and Discussion | BCC and the Office of Inclusive Excellence

Location – Black Cultural Center 

The United States is facing a crisis of mass incarceration with over 2.2 million people packed into its jails and prisons. To understand the human toll of this crisis, Rikers Island is a good place to start. Of the more than 7,500 people detained at Rikers Island on any given day, almost 80% have not yet been found guilty or innocent of the charges they face. All are at risk in the pervasive culture of violence that forces people to come to terms with what they must do for their own survival.

RIKERS: AN AMERICAN JAIL, a riveting new award-winning documentary from Bill Moyers, brings you face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience—from the shock of entry, to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, the oppressive interaction with corrections officers, the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement and the many challenges of returning to the outside world.

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19 | February

7:00 p.m.     

Innocent on Death Row 

| BCC, Office of University Chaplain and Religious Life, Peabody College, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership, Scholars Strategy Network, Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Location – Benton Chapel 

A moderated discussion with Anthony Ray Hinton, who was knowingly framed for murder, in a clear case of racial injustice, and the State of Alabama thwarted his appeal for decades to conceal this truth.  His book, “The Sun Does Shine,” is a beautiful testimony to his humanity and ability to forgive, while also showing clearly the persistent racial injustices in our criminal justice system.  While in prison, he started a book club for the prisoners to help them learn to read and cope with the stress and agony of being on death row.  His compassion for his fellow inmates, no matter their guilt or innocence or the nature of their crime, is inspiring.  His story is timely not only because of its indictment of the death penalty but also for highlighting all of the flaws of our system of incarceration.

You can read more about his case here:

https://eji.org/anthony-ray-hinton-exonerated-from-alabama-death-row

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20 | February

4:00 p.m.     

The Murray Lecture has been canceled due to extreme weather in the DC area; where the speaker was traveling in from.

Annual Walter R. Murray Lecture | BCC, The Commons

Location – Sarratt Cinema 

Vanderbilt Alumna, Sheryll Cashin, will deliver the 11th Annual Walter R. Murray Lecture.  Mrs. Cashin is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice at the Georgetown University Law Center. Currently she teaches Administrative Law, Race and American Law, and a writing seminar she recently designed about American segregation, education, and opportunity. She has also taught Constitutional Law, Local Government Law, Property, and a seminar on urban development.

Her talk will focus on “The Descendants: From Slavery to Jim Crow to Dark Ghettos, A Call for New Ambition.”

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5:30 p.m.   

Race, Crime, and Justice Processing | BCC

Location – Black Cultural Center, Auditorium

Author of, Race Matters: Black Rage in the American Prison System., Dr. Rosevelt L Noble is a scholar of the American criminal justice system.  He has publications pertaining to the interracial dynamics of prison violence, racial disparities in incarceration sentences, and he is currently working on a publication examining racial bias in the jury selection process in capital punishment cases. 

In this talk, Dr. Noble will detail the procedural dynamics and discretionary power that operate at various levels of the American criminal justice system that result in the disproportionate number of minorities, especially Black males, in prison.

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21 | February

6:00 p.m.     

Reggae Yoga with Jo-Jo | BCC, Caribbean Student Association

Location – Black Cultural Center 

Reggae and Yoga share many spiritual traditions.  Both have a deep investment in peace, harmony, meditation, connection, good life, good food, and good thoughts. So why not put the two together into a combination that is stronger than each on their own?

Healthy lifestyles and a sense of wellbeing are important components of life at Vanderbilt.  Certified yoga instructor Jo-Jo Jackson, offers recurring yoga classes in the BCC throughout the school year to help nourish the body and the spirit. During this particular session, the tempo and flavor will be changed to add some reggae flare!

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6:00 p.m.

She Sang Freedom | the WOND’RY, Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Inclusive Excellence, BCC

Location – WOND’RY 3rd Floor

An interactive performance by Dr. Tammy Kernodle, Professor of Musicology at Miami University. She Sang Freedom is an interactive performance byDr. Tammy Kernodle, Professor of Musicology at Miami University, reflecting the synergy of Black women, music, and the struggle for social justice.

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7:15 p.m.

Marley | BCC, Caribbean Student Association

Location – Black Cultural Center 

Immediately following the Reggae Yoga class, we will screen the movie, Marley, which details the life of the legendary Bob Marley.

Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history, and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, legend, and the man, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, never before seen performances, previously unreleased music, and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

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22 | February

12:00 p.m.     

Black Card Revoked | BCC, Black Student Association

Location – Black Cultural Center, Auditorium 

Join us as we play the gamed described as a fun, nostalgia-filled card game that tests knowledge of cultural milestones and know-how within Black popular culture. Spanning history, daily life, and entertainment, this questions-based game will spark debate by challenging participant’s understanding of influential moments, facts and figures. In 2018, Black Card Revoked marked a new first in U.S. history as America’s first Black culture trivia television game show airing on Viacom’s BET Networks. It quickly became a hit as BET’s highest rated new show of their 2018 lineup.

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5:30 p.m.     

Showtime at the Apollo (or nah)! | BCC and Black Student Association

Location – Black Cultural Center, Auditorium 

Think you have talent? Or simply want to come out and be entertained? Join us for a talent showcase featuring the artistic gifts (or nah) of our Vanderbilt students! I prize and bragging rights will be awarded to the winner(s).

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23 | February

11:00 a.m.     

Journey to Jubilee Tour | BCC

Location – Belle Meade Plantation 

This is a newly created tour at the Belle Meade Plantation. 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. Join us as we trace their existence through the history of Belle Meade Plantation on their Journey to Jubilee.

If you would like to sign up to attend the tour, please click the link below. Seating is limited to the first 22 respondents.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4DAAA82EA7FD0-journey

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1:00 p.m.     

OUT in Front Conference Keynote Address by Brontez Purnell | LGBTQI Life

Location – Sarratt Cinema 

The OUT in Front College Conference is open to any currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate student at a two- or four- year institution, and to folks currently enrolled in both traditional and trade school programs. The conference is free to attend and allows you to meet peers from across the Southeast region to share resources, network, develop leadership skills, and foster a strong community of LGBTQIA+ and allied student leaders.

The mission of OUT in Front is to engage students, faculty, and staff from across the Southeast region in issues relevant to the LGBTQIA+ community and society at large. Each year, the conference strives to connect both individuals and communities with resources that will help to enrich the lives of LGBTQIA+ and Allies in the South/Southeast. OUT in Front strives to enhance leadership development for LGBTQIA+ and allied students.

For more information about the Out in Front Conference, please visit:

https://wp0.vanderbilt.edu/lgbtqi/programs/out-in-front

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24 | February

6:00 p.m.     

Black Affair | Black Student Association

Location – Student Life Center 

The Black Affair is the Black Student Association’s annual black-tie awards gala. The Black Affair provides an opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of Black students at Vanderbilt in a fun, loving, and beautiful environment. At this free event, you can expect great food, entertainment, and ultimately love; you really don’t want to miss this!

Please note that the attire is semi-formal or formal wear and that there will be a prize for the two best-dressed people as voted on by your peers during the gala. Additionally, the doors will open and food will be served at 5:30 pm, while the actual event will begin at 6 pm.

25 | February

6:00 p.m.     

Chew on This: When is it not Black History Month? | BCC, The Curb Center, Department of English

Location – Multiple sites across campus 

In partnership with the Black Cultural Center, The Curb Center and the Department of English are launching a new discussion series called “Chew on This” focused on pressing questions that bridge contemporary cultural issues and academic scholarship. For the inaugural discussion, the conversation is framed around the question “When is it not Black History Month?” In seeking to answer this question, we will facilitate multiple simultaneous faculty-led dinner discussions on race, history, and power. On Monday, February 25 at 6 pm, we will offer a series of dinner discussions around campus.

Each discussion will have a social media delegate who will tweet interesting points and questions using a specific hashtag. Suitable tweets will be aggregated and retweeted on an official Vanderbilt account.

RSVP is required by February 8 to:

CHEW.ON.THIS@VANDERBILT.EDU

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7:30 p.m.

Black & Blues | NAACP

Location – Black Cultural Center Auditorium

Join the Vanderbilt Chapter of the NAACP for an open discussion on the adversities of adjusting to being Black on a PWI.

Food will be served.

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26 | February

12:00 p.m.     

Disability in the Black Community Panel Discussion | Office for Inclusive Excellence

Location – Black Cultural Center, Auditorium

Join us for an InclusAbility Panel Discussion on the topic, “Disability in the Black Community: Exploring Visible and Invisible Disabilities.” The panel will discuss campus resources and personal experiences.

Panelists include:

Jamie Bojarski, Director of Student Access Services

Bianca Manago, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Cierra Scott, Psychologist with the University Counseling Center

Matthew Shaw, Professor of Education and Law

The panel will be moderated by JaNiene Peoples, Student Wellness Coordinator at the Center for Student Wellbeing.

Food will be available starting at 11:30 and the panel will run from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

To request accommodations, please contact the Office for Inclusive Excellence at least 48 hours in advance of the program at:

officeforinclusiveexcellence@vanderbilt.edu

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5:00 p.m.     

Queer People of Color (QPOC) Mixer | BCC, LGBTQI Life, Lambda Association

Location – Black Cultural Center, Auditorium

An opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to meet LGBTQIA+ people across a wide variety of departments and disciplines. This will be a casual get together to create community. Refreshments will be provided.

27 | February

12:00 p.m.     

Arts Meditation with Dr. Phillis Shepherd| Vanderbilt Divinity School

Location – Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room G-20

Take a mid-day break from the stresses of the morning and join Dr. Phillis Shepherd for a recharging 30-minute meditation session.

3:30 p.m.     

“Between the World and Me” Book Club Discussion| The Chancellor’s Office

Location – Commons Center, Fireside Lounge

Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos periodically host book club discussions across campus. The book for February is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the event will be 2/27 from 3:30 – 4:30pm in the Fireside Lounge on Commons.  The event is open to all students, faculty, and staff.

4:00 p.m.     

Self Defense Class| BCC, VUPD

Location – Black Cultural Center, Auditorium

Join us for an abbreviated 1-hour R.A.D. course lead by Captain Leshaun Oliver of the Vanderbilt University Police Department.

The Rape Aggression Defense System for Women is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. RAD Systems provides comprehensive courses that begin with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our courses are taught by certified RAD Instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth. The RAD System of physical defense is currently being taught at many colleges and universities. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibly and unique teaching methodology.

28 | February

12:00 p.m.   

Black History Month Closeout & The Grand Opening of the Underground BCC

Location – Black Cultural Center, Basement

Many students and general patrons of the Black Cultural Center are unaware that the building has a basement! Back in August 2018, we gradually started remodeling the basement to make it functional and safe for our students.  After months of suspense and curiosity, “The Underground” will officially open on February 28.

All of the spaces inside the BCC are designed to serve specific purposes for our students.  The Underground is the purely social hangout in the building.  The Underground features:

  • A game room with a PS4 – equipped with 4 controllers
  • A library room with books by Black authors – one section of books written by Black alumni
  • A TV room for simply watching your favorite shows – equipped with two couches
  • A table room for board games, eating, etc.

The space is card access controlled. You must swipe in at the newly installed card swipe in the basement.

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6:00 p.m.   

On the Come Up Book Discussion Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center

Location – Sarratt 325

Join the Women’s Center as we discuss On the Come Up, the second book by The Hate U Give author, Angie Thomas!

Hot cocoa and snacks provided to participants, everyone is welcome to attend!

From Goodreads: “Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be, and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.”

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