A commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party will be among the events highlighting Black History Month at Yale.
A commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party will be among the events highlighting Black History Month at Yale. This photograph by John T. Hill was part of the 2014 exhibition “Bulldog and Panther: The 1970 May Day Rally and Yale” at Sterling Memorial Library. Yale students, faculty, and staff are celebrating Black History Month throughout February. Events on campus are honoring the contributions of African Americans to civil rights, the arts, academia, the sciences, and politics. The full calendar of events is available here.
A highlight of the month-long celebration will be the Black Solidarity Conference, to be held Feb. 16-19. The conference is an entirely student-run annual event and the largest undergraduate conference at Yale, with over 700 college students participating. Students from across the country will discuss issues pertaining to the African Diaspora and explore solutions that can be implemented on their own college campuses. This year’s keynote speaker is Opal Tometi, social activist and co-creator of the viral Twitter hashtag and movement #BlackLivesMatter. (Registration for the conference is full.)
Another major event will be a conversation with the actor Jay Ellis, who stars in “Insecure.” The critically acclaimed HBO comedy series focuses on black female experiences and friendships. The Feb. 16 discussion is free and open to all via registration, which is available here.
A third signature event will be the second annual Celebration of Black Lives: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party. The Feb. 26 multi-part event will include a performance by Shades, one of Yale’s undergraduate a cappella groups; a presentation by participants in the Black Panther Party’s 50th anniversary conference; a discussion of the People v. Newton case with author and former judge Lise Pearlman ’71; and the dedication of “Campus ’70” in the Afro-American Cultural Center’s art gallery.
Full details on these and other Black History Month events are provided below.Please note registration is required for some events.