From lectures to films to concerts, the College of Staten Island is celebrating Black History Month during February.

Commenting on the events, CSI Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Jerald Jones-Woolfolk said, “The College of Staten Island has planned a wide array of educational and entertaining programs to celebrate the contributions made by African American to this country. Among the programs planned is the College’s first Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation to be held on Wednesday, February 17 in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The keynote speaker will be the first African American to hold elected office from Staten Island, the Honorable Councilwoman Debi Rose.”

Other highlights include 1960s pop sensation Ronnie Spector at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on February 13 at 8:00pm, a Jazz Dinner featuring Keith Marks on February 18 in the Campus Center Green Dolphin Lounge, and poet Samantha Thornhill on February 25 in the Green Dolphin Lounge.

“The Division of Student Affairs encourages everyone to participate in these events as we celebrate diversity. These programs raise awareness and provide our students, staff, and faculty unique opportunities to embrace diversity and further create a campus climate that is accepting of and attentive to the cultural heritage of our entire community. At CSI, no one is invisible” Dr. Jones-Woolfolk added.

The full list of events includes:

Wednesday, February 10

20th-Century African American Female Jazz Singers
Vocalist: Carol Randazzo Orito
2:30pm, 1P-120
Sponsored by the Pluralism and Diversity Program

Thursday, February 11

Cultural Competency Workshop
1:30pm, 1C-211
Sponsored by the Office of Student Life

Heritage Speaker Series: Nigeria
CSI Student Speaker: Philip Ageh
2:30pm, 1P-116
Sponsored by the Pluralism and Diversity Program

Saturday, February 13

Ronnie Spector in Concert
8:00pm 1P-Concert Hall
Tickets $35, $40 (ask about Student Rush)

Wednesday, February 17

MLK Convocation
Speaker: NYC Councilwoman Debi Rose
2:30pm, 1P-Recital Hall

Thursday, February 18

Harriet Tubman Herself
1:30pm, 1C-Green Dolphin Lounge
Performed by CSI Alumna Christine Dixon
Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board

Jazz Dinner Featuring Keith Marks
6:00pm, 1C-Green Dolphin Lounge
Sponsored by Student Government

Tuesday, February 23

Black History Trivia
1:00pm – 3:00pm, 1C-West Dining Room
Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board

Thursday, February 25

African Puppet Making Workshop
1:30pm – 3:30pm, 1P-West Lounge
Sponsored by CSI African Heritage Studies Club and the
Pluralism and Diversity Program

Poet: Samantha Thornhill
6:30pm, 1C-Green Dolphin Lounge
Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, African
American Studies, and the Pluralism and Diversity Program

Monday, March 1

Photographer Terry Boddie
2:30pm, 1P-208
Sponsored by the Performing and Creative Arts Department

Throughout the Month of February

Film Showings
Various films, dates and times (watch for campus postings)
Campus Center and the Library

Poster Displays
Campus Center and around campus