Honoring Black History Month at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech Campus Activities Board honored Black History Month with multiple WOW Wednesday events.

The month kicked off with a public screening of “The Hate U Give” (2018). The film is an emotional depiction of the black protagonist’s struggles with racism, identity, and her subsequent involvement in activism after witnessing her black friend slain by police officers. The lunch-and-learn screening on Feb. 5 welcomed more than forty active participants, many of whom stayed behind to discuss their real-life experiences of passive racism and “code switching.”

At Feb. 12’s third annual “African American Read-In”, participants were invited to read passages from their favorite African American artists, creatives, authors, and poets. Special focus was made on Toni Morrison and Ntozake Shangi. Other featured artists included: Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Harriott Wilson, and original poetry by Ivy Tech’s own Christopher Riley. This year’s event was the largest to date, with 10 speakers and more than 85 people in attendance.

TRIO Support Services hosted a tribute to Motown as part of their “First-Generation College Student Celebration” on Feb. 19. One hundred and seventy people enjoyed a soul-food lunch, Motown music, and informational tables featuring a Motown timeline, African American firsts, and notable TRIO alumni in the African American community.

There’s still one event left this month! On Feb. 26, GOAL y Amigos will be hosting a lecture and learn on “The African Cultural Impact in Latin America.” This lecture will be led by Dr. Max Montesino, Purdue University Fort Wayne Associate Professor and will include an in-depth discussion about the impact of African values, attitudes, and behaviors on the formation of Latin American cultures. A special focus will be on the cross-cultural mixtures in South America, Central America and the Caribbean; and how Latinos in the U.S. reflect that cultural heritage.

To RSVP for this event please email, okaur@ivytech.edu.

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