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January 31, 2003|Volume 31, Number 16














Professor Curtis Patton contemplates an image of Yale College's first African-American graduate, Edward Bouchet, at the Jan. 20 ceremony designating the alumnus as one of the Yale "worthies" honored on Saybrook College doorways. Patton will present a talk on Bouchet, the first African American in the U.S. to earn a Ph.D., on Feb 25.

Talks, performances to mark Black History Month

Dance, films, musical performances, talks and dramatic presentations are among the events being held during a campus-wide celebration of Black History Month in February.

"Developing Leaders and Activists" is the theme of this year's celebration. Highlights of the event include tributes to Edward Bouchet, the first African-American graduate of Yale College and the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in the United States; a performance that explores African-American history and experience through hip hop music and dance; the screening of a four-part documentary on post-war immigration from the Caribbean and its aftermath; and a public lecture by noted actor and activist Danny Glover, who has starred in such films as "The Color Purple" and "Lethal Weapon" and its three sequels.

Some of the events being held in February also coincide with and celebrate West Indian Heritage Week, Feb. 17-21.

Honoring Yale's first African American graduate

The University continues its year-long celebration honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of physicist Edward Alexander Bouchet with several events during Black History Month.

A New Haven native, Bouchet graduated from Yale in 1874 and went on to earn his Ph.D. in physics from the University in 1876. He was the first African American elected to the honor society Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating from Yale, Bouchet taught chemistry and physics for 26 years at the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and went on later to become principal of the Lincoln High School in Galipolis, Ohio, and then a teacher at Bishop College in Marshall, Texas.

His legacy will be celebrated in the following events.

Sunday, Feb. 2, 3 p.m. -- The Yale College singing group Living Water will join with vocalist Ruthie McClure for "A Tribute to Edward Bouchet" in the McNeil Lecture Hall at the Yale University Art Gallery (entrance on High Street).

Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m. -- "Honoring a New Haven Hero: Songs for Edward Bouchet," a musical performance featuring the Unity Boys Choir, directed by Lillian Perkins, will take place in the Yale Art Gallery's McNeil Lecture Hall. A reception will follow the concert at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a performance by the Yale student dance group Konjo and drummers. Tours of the Yale Art Gallery by student gallery guides will begin at 7:15 p.m. These events are being offered by the gallery in collaboration with the Afro-American Cultural Center (AACC).

Tuesday, Feb. 25, noon- 1 p.m. -- Yale University Library Human Resources will sponsor a talk on the life and times of Bouchet as part of its "Wake the Dream Program." The talk will be presented by Curtis L. Patton, professor and head of the Division of Epidemiology and Microbial Diseases at the School of Medicine, in the Sterling Memorial Lecture Hall, 130 Wall St. The talk is free and open to all members of the Yale and New Haven communities. Guests are invited to bring their own lunch; light refreshments will be provided.

Patton has been personally inspired by Bouchet and has long advocated honoring his legacy at Yale. He has been one of the organizers of the University's year-long events in honor of the 150th anniversary of Bouchet's birth in 1852.

For more information on the talk, visit the library's website at www.library.yale.edu/training/newdream00/Bouchet.html or contact Library Human Resources at (203) 432-1810.

The following is a listing of other events being held during Black History Month, by category. Unless otherwise indicated, all are free and open to the public.


Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. -- "The Life of W.E.B. Dubois" will be screened as part of the Contemporary African Film Series sponsored by the Council of African Studies, AACC and the Yale African Student Association. A discussion will follow. Location: Rm. 37, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 8:30 p.m. -- The first part of the four-part documentary "Windrush," exploring post-war immigration from the Caribbean and its aftermath, will be screened at the AACC, 211 Park St. The series is sponsored by the AACC and the Yale West Indian Student Association.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. -- A screening of the film "Straight Outta Hunters Point" and a discussion with the filmmaker Kevin Epps. The film portrays life in the urban ghetto and explores how social and race issues intersect. The individual struggles confronted by the inhabitants of Hunters Point in San Francisco is illuminated through glimpses into the community's connection to the hip-hop scene and city politics. Sponsored by The Alternative Media Library and Resource Center of New Haven and the AACC, the event will take place at a location to be announced.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 8:30 p.m. -- The second part of the documentary "Windrush" will be shown at the AACC.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. -- "The Life of Aime Cesaire," about the French West Indian poet, writer and politician from Martinique, will be screened in Luce Hall. After the film, students and faculty members will read selections of Cesaire's works.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 8:30 p.m. -- The third part of the documentary "Windrush" will be shown at the AACC.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 8:30 p.m. -- The fourth part of the film "Windrush" will be screened at the AACC.

Talks and discussions

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. -- "Who IS Black?", a discussion on intracultural communication and identity politics will take place at the AACC. The event is sponsored by the Black Student Alliance at Yale.

Wednesday, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, noon -- The Graduate School's Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunity continues its brown-bag luncheon series focusing on the daily civil rights struggles of average Americans from all walks of life. The series was inaugurated in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. The School of Medicine's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health's Minority Affairs Committee are cosponsors of the series.

Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. -- A public lecture by actor and activist Danny Glover will take place in Battell Chapel, corner of Elm and College streets. All guests must have a ticket to enter; call (203) 432-0740 for ticket information. This event is co-sponsored by Calhoun College and the AACC.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m. -- Roy Bryce-Laporte, the first chair of the African-American Studies Program at Yale and an authority on West Indian migration patterns and political involvement in the United States, will be the keynote speaker at an authentic West Indian dinner at a location to be announced. This event is sponsored by the AACC, the Yale West Indian Student Association, the Graduate School's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity and the Black Student Alliance.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5-6 p.m. -- "Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.," a panel discussion featuring Curtis L. Patton; Liza Cariaga-Lo, director of the Graduate School's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity; Janice Pinkard, director and adviser in the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS); and others. The event is organized by the OISS and the Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunity. Those wishing to attend should respond via e-mail to oiss@yale.edu.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m. -- A symposium on "Race, Health and Law" will be held at the AACC. Participants are African-American alumni of Yale who have pursued careers in law, medicine and business. The event is sponsored by the Black Student Alliance at Yale and the Pre-Medical Association of African American and Latino Students in Science.

Art, dance, drama and poetry

Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 6-9 -- "400 Years," a dance performance choreographed by Camele-Ann White '03 and produced by Jazmine Leon will take place each evening in the Off Broadway Theater, 39-41 Broadway (behind Toad's Place). "400 Years" is an exploration of African-American history and experience through the hip-hop music and dance tradition and will focus on various points and episodes in African, Afro-Caribbean and African-American history. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursday; and 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For tickets, contact Jazmine Leon via e-mail at jazmine.leon@yale.edu.

Sunday, Feb. 9, 3 p.m. -- The Puppetsweat Theater will present "The Life of James Mars: A Slave Born and Sold in Connecticut" at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m. -- An exhibition of Haitian Art, sponsored by Klub Kreyol, will be offered at the AACC.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m. -- "Africa Night," an evening of poetry, music, skits and African cuisine, will be presented by the Yale African Students Association at the AACC. For further information, send e-mail to emily.achiume@yale.edu.

Friday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. -- "Cultural Caravan," a dramatic presentation of black history performed by students and incorporating performances by the Yale Gospel Choir and Steppin' Out, will be offered to New Haven schoolchildren at the Yale University Art Gallery. "Cultural Caravan" travels to local elementary schools throughout the months of February and March.

Other events

Saturday, Feb. 15 -- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. will present "Crimson and Cream Dream -- A Valentine's Ball" at a time and location to be announced.

Sunday, Feb. 23, 5 p.m. -- The Institute of Sacred Music presents "Up with a Shout! Redux," a gala interfaith event featuring a video screening and reception, at the United Church on the Green, corner of Temple and Elm streets.

For further information on Black History Month events, call the AACC at (203) 432-4131.


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