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Black History Month 2018

Taking a Knee

Jan 19, 2018

Black History Month 2018

Gallatin's Black History Month 2018 will run from January 24-February 26, with a kick-off event by Alvin Ailey dancer Jamar Roberts, who will premier his dance piece “Halt," an exploration through dance of the body in protest. This year's theme is "Taking A Knee." In US sports, particularly within youth sports or at the collegiate football or NFL level, taking a knee is often understood as a respectful gesture when a player is hurt or at a moment of strategic game planning--as in a huddle. In 2016, US football players Colin Kapernick and Eric Reid took a knee before an NFL game to protest police brutality and racial injustice in the United States. The act is now encoded with a plethora of meaning--from anti-patriot to radical political dissenter to unifying a community. It is our hope that the themes of activism, dissent, radicalism, loving critique, and building community at the local and international level that will be explored in Gallatin's February programming.

1/24

Premiere of "Halt," A Solo Dance Piece by Jamar Roberts

2/1-2/26

Conversations with Bina48: An Exhibition by Stephanie Dinkins

2/1

Black Folks from Babylon: Disappointment and Difference in the Key of Cairo Jazz: A Talk by Sophia Azeb

2/6

Green is the New Black: Climate Justice and the Black World

2/12

The People Before the Park: Reading of Keith Josef Adkins's play, followed by a Talk Back

2/13

Rat Film: Screening and Discussion with Theo Anthony and Paige Glotzer

2/15

Race, Religion, and Presidents: A Talk by Kimberly Blockett

2/15

Say it Loud! Annual Showcase of the Arts and Black Activism

2/20

After Now Film Screening

2/22

Descendants of Kings and Queens: Black Panther Film Panel Discussion with Jonathan W. Gray

2/26

Coding While Black: Artificial Intelligence, Computing, and Data in a Racialized World