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Black History Month 2021

Ferene and EmoryFeatured Speakers: Emory Douglas and Ferene Paris Meyer

Join us for a celebration of Black History Month as we honor, recognize, affirm, and acknowledge the history that has created space for Black creatives to thrive. Our academic departments, student clubs, alumnx affairs and student affairs departments have come together to centralize a series of events happening the entire month of February for all students, staff, faculty, and alumnx to participate in, with the hope to create meaningful experiences that continue our conversations around access, representation, equity, and inclusion.

We invite you to attend all of the events listed below, including our featured speakers, Ferene Paris Meyer (February 18) and Emory Douglas (February 25). Ferene's session will speak to how we address and approach equity, inclusion and anti-racism through her storytelling, helping us find individual commitment and accountability within ourselves.  Emory Douglas is a former Black Panther and was a member of the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the Party disbanded in the 1980s. As a revolutionary artist and the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, Douglas created iconography to represent Black-American oppression as a graphic artist. His journey as a graphic artist and activist is noteworthy and his depictions of African Americans as revolutionary fighters, instead of victims, and illustrations of pigs in place of police and politicians made Douglas a hero to his community and a subject of investigation by the United States government.