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2006 Theme - “Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black fraternal, Social and Civic Institutions”

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first continuous, collegiate black Greek letter fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha.  The rise of such groups bore witness to the fact that despite hardships African Americans refused to assent to a status of inferiority.  

February 9
Robert V. Ward, Jr., Dean, Southern New England School of Law, will discuss the relationship between the law and race relations in America since the founding of our nation.
12:00 PM, Redfield Auditorium, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

February 13
The Rev. Canon Cecil A. Scantlebury, retired Episcopal priest, will give a presentation in celebration of the life of Absalom Jones, the first Black priest in the Episcopal Church, whose birthday is observed on February 13. The title of his talk will be, “The African Presence in The Church and Society”.  Music will be provided by Randolph S. James, Director of Music, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Falmouth
3:00 PM, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Falmouth

February 17
Robert L. Harris, Jr., Professor of African-American History and Vice Provost for Diversity & Faculty Development at Cornell University, will speak on celebrating community: Black fraternal, social and civic institutions at the beginning of the 21st century.
3:00 PM, Lillie Auditorium, MBL

February 23
Harambee – An ethnic potluck feast welcoming everyone of every ethnicity.
Samba Cisse, West Africa and Company, will perform African drumming and dancing. Don’t forget to bring your favorite potluck dish and enjoy an evening of multicultural arts, crafts, and music.
4:00 PM, Swope Dining Room, MBL

All events are free and open to the public


Woods Hole Black History Month events are sponsored by the Marine Biological Laboratory; the Woods Hole Oceanographic Insitution, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Coast Guard Group Woods Hole and the U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Field Center. All events are free and open to the public.



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