Black Legacy Month 2021

Black Legacy Month (BLM) is the celebration and recognition of Black culture at Dartmouth College, dedicated to the education, awareness, and commemoration of Black heritage and people.

Black Legacy Month 2021 Theme

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This year's theme is Defining a Generation: The Triumph, Power, and Legacy of Black Women.

Black Legacy Month (BLM) is the celebration and recognition of Black culture at Dartmouth College, dedicated to the education, awareness, and commemoration of Black heritage and people. At this critical moment in time, BLM allows us to acknowledge the excellence and perseverance of the Dartmouth Black Community. This year in particular, we are highlighting the oft-overlooked, yet indispensable contributions of Black Women. With the theme, "Defining a Generation: The Triumph, Power, and Legacy of Black Women" we are acknowledging the role of Black Women in the triumphant gains made in our history, the power wielded in every arena by their strength, and the legacy they've made (and continue to make) at Dartmouth College.

Full Calendar of Events

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Downloadable .pdf: Black Legacy Month 2021 Calendar

Speed Stories w/Professor Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch
Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 6pm EST

Hear the life stories behind your Dartmouth Professors
Co-presented by the Tucker Center, OPAL, AAAS, Sustainability Office, and Living Learning Communities

Black Leadership at Dartmouth Visual Project
All month starting on Monday, February 1, 2021

Banners of Black students, staff and faculty will be hung around the green and student leaders will be featured in the library.
In partnership with Dartmouth Library, Tuck Business School

BLM 2021 Opening Event
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 7pm ET
Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/507237405

Recognizing and commemorating Dartmouth's Black Legacy Month celebration through poetry, song, and other forms of artistic expression.

Smart, Funny, and Black
Friday, February 5, 2021 at 8pm ET
Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/510047090/e0174c1223

Smart Funny & Black, Created by comedian/actress/producer, Amanda Seales (HBO Insecure) brings folx together to compete, in a head to head battle of wits that tests their knowledge of black history, black culture, and the black experience. 
Co-sponsored by the Special Programs and Events Committee (SPEC), the Black Caucus, and the Tuck Business School

Men's Forum
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4pm EST

Space where men and masculine identifying members of our community can come together and discuss issues related to their experiences both at Dartmouth and outside of Dartmouth.
Presented by the Theta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and the Dartmouth Black Student Athlete Alliance

Women's Forum
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:30pm EST

Space where women can come together and discuss issues related to their experiences as women, both at Dartmouth and outside of Dartmouth.

Black Student Leader Film
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7pm EST
Watch the video: http://artivism.dartmouth.edu/artivism-television

Guest speaker: Maya Wiley '86, 2021 Candidate for New York Mayor
Trivia prize: Three $50 Visa gift cards

NPHC Virtual Party
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8pm EST

Join us as we create an opportunity for the Black community, and others, to experience togetherness while bonding, listening to music, and sharing laughs.

Green Table Talk
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6pm EST

This event will provide career development information and opportunities for Dartmouth students who are interested in a career in the arts, social activism, education, and the entertainment industry. This event will be held as a space for the Black/Pan-African Community and will function as professional development and enrichment. In line with this year's Black Legacy Month theme, the event will feature Black Women Dartmouth Alumni.
Hosted by: OPAL, the Center for Professional Development (CPD), and Alumni Relations

Past Events

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Flyer for BLM 2021 Speed Stories with Prof Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch

Speed Stories with Professor Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch
Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 7pm EST

Speed Stories invites Dartmouth professors and guests to share with students their life stories and values through the lens of the intersection of their academic and spiritual journeys.  Two professors per term are featured representing a wide range of backgrounds, disciplines, faith/philosophical/ethical perspectives. 

Speed Stories celebrates Black Legacy Month with Professor Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch of the History, AAAS, and WGSS departments. 

Hosted by the Tucker Center, OPAL, AAAS, the Sustainability Office, and the Living Learning Communities

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Flyer for BLM 2021 opening event

Black Legacy Month 2021 Opening Ceremony
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 7pm ET
Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/507237405

Join us as we welcome the start of Black Legacy Month 2021 through poetry, song, and other forms of artistic expression.

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An image of Amanda Seales holding a pennant

Smart, Funny, and Black
Friday, February 5, 2021 at 8pm EST
Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/510047090/e0174c1223

Smart Funny & Black, created by comedian/actress/producer, Amanda Seales (HBO Insecure) brings folx together to compete, in a head to head battle of wits that tests their knowledge of black history, black culture, and the black experience. 

Co-sponsored by the Special Programs and Events Committee (SPEC), Black Caucus, and the Tuck Business School

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Men & Masculinities Forum
Thursday, February 11th | 4pm - 5pm EST

Calling all self-identifying Black men at Dartmouth. Come join our men's discussion forum for Black Legacy Month.

Co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Community Education Project, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and DBSAA

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Black Womxn's Forum
Thursday, February 11th | 6:30pm EST

Join us for a conversation about healing. Persons identifying as genderqueer, gender-fluid, and gender non-conforming are welcome!

Co-sponsored by the Xtraordinary Xi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

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Flyer for BLM Black Student Leader Spotlight event

Black Student Leader Spotlight Event
Thursday, February 18th at 7pm EST
Watch the video: https://youtu.be/mDU4Y_xKMmY

In celebration of Black Legacy Month (BLM) 2021, this event highlights the amazing journeys of nine Black student leaders at Dartmouth College. Guest speaker: Maya Wiley '86, 2021 NYC Mayoral Candidate. Attendees will also have the chance to win three $50 Visa gift cards as trivia prizes.

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Flyer for BLM 2021 NPHC virtual party

NPHC Virtual Party
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8pm EST

The Dartmouth National Pan-Hellenic Council presents Virtual Vibes! Join us as we create an opportunity for the Black community, and others, to experience togetherness while bonding, listening to music, and sharing laughs. The event was broadcast live on Twitch and Zoom.

Green Table Talk

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Flyer for BLM 2021 Green Table Talk. A drawing of a green table in front of a light green background with money bag icons.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 6pm - 7pm EST

This event will provide career development information and opportunities for Dartmouth students who are interested in a career in the arts, social activism, education, and the entertainment industry. This event will be held as a space for the Black/Pan-African Community and will function as professional development and enrichment. In line with this year's Black Legacy Month theme, the event will feature Black Women Dartmouth Alumni.
 

PANELIST BIOS

Nichole Davis (She, Her, Hers): Dartmouth alumni class of '10 - Nichole Davis is a Senior Legal Fellow in Duke University's Office of Counsel, which provides legal representation for Duke University and the Duke University Health System. She graduated from Dartmouth College with Honors in 2010 and received her law degree from Duke University School of Law in 2015. Prior to working at Duke, Nichole was an Employment Law & Litigation Associate at a law firm in New York City. Before becoming a lawyer, she was an 8th grade math teacher in Charlotte, NC through Teach for America.

Jasmine Richards: Dartmouth alumni class of '10 - Jasmine Richards is a Senior Marketing Manager focusing on long-term innovation at Pepsico Beverages North America. She graduated from Dartmouth in 2010 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Classical Studies. Prior to Pepsico, Jasmine was a Teach For America Houston corps member, where she taught for four years. She has an MBA from Rice University.

Carla Silvane: Dartmouth alumni class of '91 

Kaya Thomas (she/her): Dartmouth alumni class of '17 - currently works as a senior engineer at Calm, a wellness company. She created We Read Too, a mobile app that showcases kid/YA books written by authors of color which now has over 120,000 downloads on iOS and Android. Kaya also writes and does public speaking and has spoken at conferences all around the world.

Cheryl Bascomb (Bass-kum) (She, Her, Hers): Dartmouth alumni class of '82 -  Cheryl joined the Dartmouth Advancement team as vice president for alumni relations in June 2018 and  brings more than 30 years of private sector marketing expertise to the role. As vice president for alumni relations, she provides strategic vision and leadership for alumni communications and engagement and supports volunteers in service to the College for over 84,000 alumni worldwide. A longtime Dartmouth volunteer at regional and national levels, Cheryl has served as vice president of the Association of Alumni, president of the Dartmouth Club of Maine, alumni councilor, alumni admissions interviewer, and Dartmouth College Fund volunteer. Cheryl received an AB in psychology from Dartmouth College. As an undergraduate, she played women's rugby, captained the track and cross-country teams, and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and was the Agnes Kurtz Award Winner her senior year. She and her husband, Dave Van Wie '79, live in Lyme, NH.

Lou-Lou (loo-loo) Igbokwe (e-bo-kway): Dartmouth alumni class of '10 - While attending Dartmouth Lou-Lou was chair of BUTA and interned for the Office of Black Student Advising. She graduated with high honors as a Senior Fellow, writing and producing her play Black Girls Anonymous. She went on to get her MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in Singapore. Lou-Lou currently lives in Los Angeles where she works as a screenwriter. Credits include: Starz's Step Up High Water and BET's Bigger. She's currently working on Netflix's Bridgerton and her first feature film.

Hosted by: OPAL, the Center for Professional Development (CPD), and Alumni Relations