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Antioch University Hosts Final Event of Black History Month’s Celebration “Black IS: American History…The Black Perspective”

Black is... black history month bannerAntioch University continues its celebration of Black History Month with “Black Is…the Black Aesthetic,” a community discussion around arts, culture, politics, film, fashion, social media, and everything else Black. The event takes place on campus on Tuesday, February 25th at 6:30 pm.

The conversation will be led by an esteemed panel, which includes Tamica Washington-Miller, Associate Director, Lula Washington Dance Theater; Denise Hamilton, Co-chair, Black Documentarians West, (BADWest); Gerald Garth, Editor, Chill Magazine; Dale Madison, Arts Administrator, LA Department of Cultural Affairs; and Actress/Publicist Lynne Conner. The panel will be moderated by Cultural Architect Clarence R. Williams. A special choreopoem will be performed by Broadway Actress Lorey Hayes, an original cast member of For Colored Girls.

“We are so excited to welcome Community into our Antioch family of learners,” said Cynthia Ruffin, Chair of the Antioch Black History Committee, “Certainly, this evening should prove to be a fruitful exchange of knowledge.”

In addition to “Black Is…the Black Aesthetic” Community Discussion, Antioch University celebrated Black History Month with “Black Is… Art Show and Reception” featuring Los Angeles visual artists; Kraig King, Ron Jackson, Lyle Everette Rushing, Benita Elliott, Sire James, Abena Okolo, Bailey Roman, and Hopeton Stewart. The exhibition opened on January 30 and will remain open until March 1, 2020. Antioch hosted a screening and discussion of the film Queen & Slim on February 19, 2020, and on January 20, 2020, members of the Antioch community marched in the 35th Annual Kingdom Day Parade.

Karen Hamilton ’17 (Antioch Los Angeles, MA) is Antioch's Director of Marketing for Content and Communications. She has used her storytelling and copywriting skills for more than twenty years, crafting articles and creating publications. She believes that communication is a powerful driver for social change.

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