LEHMAN COLLEGE TO HOST BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAMS HIGHLIGHTING BLACK LITERATURE, ARTISTRY AND ACTIVISM

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Learn more at Lehman College Black History Month programs about how emerging and historic art is inspiring the world; and about how Black Panthers and the Young Lords’ food programs changed NYC and the U.S.
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The great African-American Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison will be among those featured in upcoming Lehman College Black History Month events.

Lehman College is hosting three prominent Black History Month programs in February that celebrate the contributions of change agents in literature, photography, filmmaking, art and social justice. Admission is free to all the programs and is open to the general public and Lehman students, faculty and staff.

Lehman College's three upcoming Black History Month programs are:

Feb. 5: A Black History Celebration – A Tribute to the Arts: Honoring the Works of Gordon Parks and Toni Morrison

Lehman College’s Urban Male Leadership Program and the Department of Africana Studies present this annual event that will feature keynote Rev. Alamazie M. Warren, the children and youth minister at Harlem’s historic Convent Avenue Baptist Church. Rev. Warren will discuss the cultural and societal contributions of pioneering photojournalist and filmmaker Gordon Parks and Toni Morrison, a Pulitzer and Nobel prize-winning novelist. Food and refreshments will be served. Guests are asked to RSVP here.

• Feb. 8–May 2: Lehman College Art Gallery presents Young Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art

African-American artists are enjoying a surge of influence as their work is now highly sought after by both museum curators and private collectors. Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi have previously lent pieces to museums and welcomed visitors in into their home for private tours, but this is the first time this collection, of artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker and Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, has been presented as a stand-alone exhibition. The show’s reception will be held Feb. 26, 5–8 p.m.

• Feb. 13: 114 Years of Revolutionary Food Justice: From Upton Sinclair to the Black Panthers, Young Lords and the Ongoing Fight to Change the System

Former members of the New York City chapters of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords Denise Oliver-Velez, Shepard “Bro. Shep” McDaniel and Cleo Silvers join food justice activists and health experts to discuss the history of urban food justice, beginning with the 1906 publication of “The Jungle,” through the revolutionary activists of 1960-70s New York who helped start free breakfast programs for poor children and seniors that eventually lead to the federal government creating a national school breakfast program that serves more than 14.7 million children every day. “114 Years of Revolutionary Food Justice: From Upton Sinclair to the Black Panthers, Young Lords and the Ongoing Fight to Change the System” will be held at the College’s Music Building, in the East Dining Hall, from 1–3 p.m. This program is co-sponsored by the CUNY Institute for Health Equity, together with Lehman’s Social Justice Committee, and the schools of Arts and Humanities; and Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing.

For more information log on to: https://www.lehman.cuny.edu/

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