From Arnelle Williams ’17 and Rajaa Elidrissi ’16:
On Feb 20th, in honor of Black History Month, we will be holding the Art of Protest gallery. We are accepting all mediums of art. The theme of this year’s protest is “saving our race.” We want this to be a collaborative effort with the SOC communities.
If you choose to submit, please fill out this form.
We need the finished pieces by Feb 18th. Arnelle Williams and Rajaa Elidrissi will be picking submissions on that day.
Date: Until Wednesday, February 18th
Place: we’ll pick it up!
Black History Month, for as long as we have been students at Wesleyan, has been the only time during the year that Ujamaa has had a significant and visible presence on campus. This is in stark contrast to the historical roots of Ujamaa, which was formed to serve as a space for the Student of Color community to build relationships and community with one another and really strengthen themselves against a campus that at the time (and more often than we’re willing to admit now) was systematically separating, tokenizing, and in no uncertain terms, oppressing them.
Black History Month, then, was a space for community development, education about critical issues going on in the African diaspora, and a reclamation and centering of topics that weren’t being taught on Wesleyan’s campus. It served as a reflection of the state of the collective and the state of the Student of Color community.
This is still true. However, the efforts of community development, education, and campus awareness have not been the premise of Ujamaa’s current mission. Before we have a Black History Month, the events that take place during this month should be reflective of the community that it represents. Last semester, however, there was one Ujamaa collective meeting. The planning of Black History Month has taken place completely within the confines of the Ujamaa board members. This does not mean that the events would necessarily be bad, but it does highlight that Black History Month is not reflective of the community as a whole.
Black History Month, as it stands on campus, is a performative activity.
In honor of Black History Month, Eclectic presents Soul Train on Friday, February 17th. Come celebrate the longest running television program in history. Bust out your bell bottoms, tube tops, and dancing shoes, and get down on the Soul Train Line. Special guest performances will be provided by Victor Vazquez ’06 (Kool A.D.) of Das Racist with Lakutis and Kassa Overall. Check out Kool A.D.’s recent mixtape, Palm Wine Drinkard, here.
There will be a photo booth. There will be a love lounge. There will be dancing with disco balls on deck. Hosted by Don “Cornelius” Jones.
Tickets available online here. Due to occupancy restrictions, tickets WILL sell out.
Date: Friday, February 17
Time: 10:00 PM – 3:00 AM
As a part of Black History Month, Ujamaa is organizing the Second Annual Student of Color Art Show that will take place during the month of February.
The reason and intent of putting on such a show is to raise consciousness about the real challenges that people of color face in the art world. In order to do this, we would like to celebrate the diverse backgrounds of the artists in our community and how their experiences are reflected in their artwork.
Artists are allowed to submit up to 3 pieces in the following forms: sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, and prints.
If you are interested in participating in this event, please reply back no later than Dec 18. In your reply, you must provide photographs of your work OR detailed descriptions that provide a good sense of your work and the mediums used.
All entries should be sent to Karimah at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any general questions please contact Kristin Juarez (kjuarez), Julius Hampton (jhampton), or Alaina Gibbs (agibbs).