Black Legacy Month Continues Through Feb. 28

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A panel discussion tomorrow will feature Black alumni from a variety of industries.

Black Legacy Month poster with arms and hands connected
Illustration and design by Mikala J. Uter ’23.

Black Legacy Month continues this week with a virtual conversation with Black alumni about their respective industries and life after Dartmouth.

Each of the graduate and professional schools will be represented at “Green Table Talk” on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. Register online for the discussion, moderated by Leyou Belayneh, assistant director of advising and programming. The event is being presented by the Geisel School of Medicine, Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Thayer School of Engineering, and Tuck School of Business.

The Black Legacy Month celebrations wrap up on Monday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. with keynote speaker Angela Davis. The activist and Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will provide her perspective on this year’s theme, “Contemporary Resistance.” Jordan McDonald ’21 will moderate the virtual event, which is being presented by the Hopkins Center for the Arts, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, the Special Programs and Events Committee, and Visibility.

For people interested in more reading and viewing related to Black Legacy Month, here are two recommendations from Shontay Delalue, senior vice president and senior diversity officer:

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

“I suggest this book for anyone wanting to grapple with the persisting nature of the artificial and destructive nature of hierarchies based on skin color. Wilkerson states, ‘Ignorance is no protection from the consequence of inaction.’ With the level of access to information we have at our disposal, there is no reason we should not be informed about the past and how it impacts the present day.”

13th by Ava DuVernay 

This documentary film “clearly demonstrates that acts of racial discrimination are not mere isolated incidents but rather methodical actions to keep underrepresented groups subjugated. The theme of this year’s Black Legacy Month, Contemporary Resistance, is very fitting because despite centuries-old oppressive systems, Black people have persevered and contributed to this country in immeasurable ways.”

Aimee Minbiole