Black History Month observance is opened at College of Staten Island

Black History MonthSTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The College of Staten Island opened a door on Black History Month yesterday.

Several doors, as a matter of fact, decorated with paintings by David Zukas, to symbolize the portal that slaves passed through from Africa to the Americas.

The event in the Willowbrook campus’ Center for the Arts, Williamson Theater, hosted by Vice President for Student Affairs A. Ramona Brown, Ed.D., brought together members of the college community in a spirit of celebration, awareness and appreciation of the campus’ impressive diversity.

“Black History Month events give students the opportunity to learn black history and how it has changed people’s outlook, from the time of the civil rights movement to the present day,” said Elliot Dawes, executive director of the CUNY Black Male Initiative. “Think about where we were during the civil rights movement, It brings joy to my heart to be able to walk around various campuses and be able to see such a diverse group of people, living as one.”

Yesterday’s event included English Professor Patricia Smith reading her poetry; a performance of “The Living Race,” by Prof. George Sanchez, chairman of the performing and creative arts department, and a rousing finale by the CSI Gospel Choir.

 

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