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|2/01 - Friday|
Black History Month Opening Ceremonies
09:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Student Center Pit
The Black Cultural League will once again host the opening ceremonies recognizing Black and African American achievements. Rowan community is invited to attend this event in the Chamberlain Student Center.The spectacular and world renowned Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble will be the featured act of the evening along with speakers and other performers. This event is co-sponsorer by the Rowan After Hours (RAH) student programming committee.
|2/03 - Sunday|
Reflections in Black Museum
09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Location: Chamberlain Student Center Pit
This traveling exhibit displays the contribution of Black inventors whose vision and achievements have shaped the everyday lives of all members of the American society from the ironing board to the traffic signal. This is a free event sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.
|2/05 - Tuesday|
OMA Film Series Black History Month
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: Chamberlain Student Center 221
Movie-Prince Among Thieves. In 1788, the slave ship Africa set sail from West Africa, headed for America with its berth laden with a profitable but highly perishable cargo-hundreds of men, women, and children bound in chains. Six months later the survivors were sold in Natchez, Mississippi. One of them, a twenty-six-year-old man named Abdul-Rahman made the remarkable claim to the farmer who purchased him at the auction that he was an African prince and that his father would pay gold for his ransom. The offer was refused and Abdul-Rahman did not return to Africa for another forty years. During his enslavement he toiled on the Foster plantation, married, and fathered nine children. His story also eventually made him the most famous African in America, attracting the support of powerful men such as President John Quincy Adams.
After forty years of slavery, Abdul-Rahman finally reclaimed his freedom, but he defied the order to return immediately to Africa, and instead traveled throughout the northern states, speaking to huge audiences in a partially successful attempt to raise enough money to buy his children?s freedom. Finally at the age of sixty-seven, and after raising funds to free two of his children, Abdul-Rahman returned to Africa, only to fall ill and die just as word of his arrival reached his former home of Futa Jalloo in present-day Guinea. Abdul-Rahman survived the harsh ordeals of slavery through his love of family and his deep faith as a Muslim.