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.