Black History Month continues at MCLA as students join other state campuses in celebration


NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) students will join those at Williams College and others from across the Commonwealth as Black History Month continues. In addition to engaging in activities with their peers from other campuses, MCLA is celebrating the month with a wide variety of events, both on and off campus.

This weekend, MCLA students will gather with Williams students for a Stalwart Originality symposium on "New Meanings: Afro-descendant Percussion Practices." Co-sponsored by the black student unions at MCLA and Williams College, the activities include a percussion concert to take place on Friday, Feb. 12, 8:30 p.m., at Williams' '62 Center for Theatre and Dance.

According to Cynthia Brown, vice president of academic affairs at MCLA, it is important that the region's colleges share information and open events up to students at other institutions.

"Black History Month is a great place to try to model that. Students from both Williams and MCLA will have an opportunity to encounter some diverse events and performances that might not be repeated on each campus," Brown said. "The idea is to both celebrate and learn more about the culture of African-Americans in this country, and to recognize the contributions and the promise of African-American culture in the larger context."

On Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 17-18, MCLA students will host a Multicultural Overnight for juniors and seniors from Springfield, Lawrence and Worcester high schools.

During this event, prospective students will visit MCLA to experience college life and to become acquainted with multicultural experiences and opportunities available at MCLA. They will attend classes and activities with students, faculty and staff members, as well as dine with and stay overnight in a residence hall with an MCLA student.

On Friday, Feb. 19, MCLA's Black Student Union (BSU) will hold an Apollo Night at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center. This event will be followed by a trip to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, N.Y. on Saturday, Feb. 20. Other activities include screening of "Do the Right Thing" and a reggae party, both sponsored by the College's BSU.

Lastly, on Feb. 27, MCLA students will join their peers from across Massachusetts at Bridgewater State College for the Hall of Black Achievement Dinner.