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Black History Month 2023

January 26, 2023
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Calendar of Events

Express Yo' Self: Poetry Workshop and Open Mic

Wednesday, February 1, 7-9 p.m.
Old Library 110

Open to students

Join Sisterhood* for this special Black History Month 2023 poetry night and open mic featuring Philadelphia poet Jasmine Combs. The night's theme is "Resistance."

BIPOC Talk: Understanding the Strike

Thursday, February 2, 5-6 p.m.
Multicultural Living Room, Student Life and Wellness Building
Open to students

BIPOC Talk is an intentional curated space for students of color to come together and celebrate their cultures through sharing stories, food, and crafts.

Philadelphia African American Museum Trip

Saturday, February 4, 11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Transportation leaves from Pem Arch
Open to students

Participants will be bused to Center City for the tour and workshop. You will have the option of returning to Bryn Mawr on the bus afterward or staying in the city and finding your own way back to campus.

The Colored Girls Museum Presentation

Monday, February 6, 5-6 p.m.
Dalton 300
Open to students, faculty, and staff

Join Sisterhood* for a short documentary screening and presentation on the history and mission of The Colored Girls Museum. The Colored Girls Museum is a memoir museum that honors the stories, experiences, and history of ordinary Colored Girls.

Dining Services Soul Food Dinner

Wednesday, February 8, 5-8 p.m.
Erdman and New Dorm Dining Halls
Open to students

Can't Wait to Skate Documentary Screening

Friday, February 10, 7-9 p.m.
Campus Center Main Lounge
Open to students

Join skate legend India Bernardino for a private screening of "Can't Wait to Skate," a documentary about the history of roller dance skating in Philadelphia.
*Prerequisite for attending the private roller dance lesson on February 12.

Black History Mural Arts Trolley Tour

Saturday, February 11, 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Transportation leaves from Pem Arch
Open to students

Join Sisterhood* for this Philadelphia Mural Arts led private tour of the city's murals related to Black History.

Roller Dance Skate Trip to Rolling Thunder

Sunday, February 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Transportation leaves from Pem Arch
Open to students

Come get a private roller dance lesson with skate master India Bernardino at Rolling Thunder Skating Rink. Open to all students who attend the February 10 documentary screening.

LITS Douglass Day Transcribathon

Tuesday, February 14, 12-3 p.m.
Canaday 315
Open to students, faculty, staff

Join us for the Third-Annual Transcibe-a-thon in Celebration of Douglass Day! Organized by The Colored Conventions Project Team in celebration of Frederick Douglass's birthday. For the second year, Bryn Mawr will participate and host this event on Tuesday, February 14 in Canaday 315 from 12-3 p.m. in person and via Zoom. Feel free to drop in for a few minutes or for the event's entirety. There will be light refreshments and baked goods from Sweet T's, a Black-owned bakery in Reading Terminal Market. We will also give out special prizes to those who register and participate in the event while supplies last. Laptops are recommended to join and participate in this event, but desktops will be available for use in person.

Collage and Mocktail Sip

Tuesday, February 14, 5-6 p.m.
Rhoads Dining Hall
Open to students

Local artist, Doriana Diaz, will lead us through a collage workshop where we will explore themes of joy, glory, love, and resistance. Supplies limited. First come, first served.

Screening of Afrykas and the Magic Box with the French Department

Wednesday, February 15, 5-6:30 p.m.
Old Library 110
Open to students, faculty, and staff

Sisterhood* General Body: Black Hair Care

Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m.
Main Lounge, Enid Cook '31 Center
Open to students


An Afrocentric Analysis of Hollywood's Latest Blockbusters

Friday, February 17, 4-6 p.m.
Dalton 300
Open to students, faculty, and staff

Join us for an Afrocentric Analysis of Hollywood's Latest Blockbusters facilitated by Professor Olutoyosi Aboderin of Africana Studies.

Before Brunch Yoga Lesson

Sunday, February 19, 12:30 p.m.
Multipurpose Room, Schwartz Gym
Open to students

Lift Every Voice Black Community Gathering

Tuesday, February 21, 5-6:30 p.m.
Community Room, Student Life and Wellness Building
Open to Black students, faculty, staff, and alums

Black students, faculty, staff, and alum are invited to share in celebration of the diaspora. Come meet new community members, reconnect with friends, and enjoy light refreshments.

Kulu Mele African Dance and Drumming Performance with Performing Arts Series, Dance Program, and Africana

Wednesday, February 226:30-8 p.m.
Goodhart Hall McPherson Auditorium
Open to the community

The performance is free for Tri-Co members with ID and $10 for those outside of the Tri-Co. Admission is free for guests 12 years old and under. 

King Richard Movie Screening

Thursday, February 23, 8 p.m.
8 p.m. in Old Library 110
Open to students

Financial Literacy Workshop Part One and Part Two

Sunday, February 26, 2 p.m.
2 p.m. in the New Dorm Dining Hall Dorothy Vernon Room
Open to students

"Why I Am Not Allowed to See the Color Red" Keynote by Dr. Patrice Douglas

Tuesday, February 28, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Old Library
Open to all

"The keynote will highlight the struggle of individuals in the Black community not being able to embrace their vulnerability and emotions due to society stereotypes regarding their emotions. I'll be discussing the importance of anger and why Black people should embrace their anger and emotional connections instead of being ashamed of them; as well as how it impacts our mental health. Students will feel empowered to wear the label of anger and understand the historical perspective as to how our anger and vulnerability has created the changes we see today in this generation."

-Dr. Patrice N. Douglas, licensed therapist and BIPOC mental health expert

For the very latest updates on Black History Month programming, follow The Enid Cook '31 Center (ECC) on Instagram.

The student group Sisterhood* works with the ECC in taking the lead on much of Bryn Mawr's Black History Month programming. Many departments and offices contribute to and support the month's programming including Alumnae/i Relations and Development, Africana Studies, The Career and Civic Engagement Center, College Communications, Dining Services, LITS, the President's Office, the Pensby Center, and more.