MCLA to Hold Free Events as Part of Black History Month Celebration


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will hold a series of events as part of the campus's celebration of Black History Month, including an award-winning theatrical production about the life of Harriet Tubman in the MCLA Church Street Center.

All events are free and open to the public.

On Friday, Feb. 10, at 3:15 p.m. in the Sullivan Lounge, inside the Amsler Campus Center, Jamele Adams will discuss "Multicultural Self in Society."

Adams, a celebrated poet, oversees the departments of Student Activities and Community Service, as well as the Intercultural Center and the Chaplaincy at Brandeis University. He works with campus groups to promote and enhance opportunities to celebrate diversity at Brandeis. In addition, he oversees the Community Prejudice Response Task Force.

Adams holds a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree from Bowling Green State University.

On Monday, Feb. 13, 7-9 p.m. in the Sullivan Lounge, speaker Domingo Guyton will discuss "The N-Word: Why Blacks Use It and No One Should."

In his position at Worcester State University, Guyton works on recruiting and retain. He also helps students to get serious about academics before their senior year. Also a musician who specializes in hip hop, he collaborates with Zone 5 Pictures on film projects and music videos.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m., Karen Jones Meadows will present a one woman play, "Harriet's Return," in the MCLA Church Street Center's Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.

"Harriet's Return" chronicles the private and public life of famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon and revolutionary Harriet Tubman, whose life spanned nine decades and still influences the consciousness of people around the world.  Portrayals of more than 30 characters take the audience from contemporary America into the depths of Tubman's soul, the psyche of a nation and a call to action.

"Harriet's Return" is an official event of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.

Meadows is an award-winning author, actress, and producer who writes, performs and leads workshops for adult and young audiences with an emphasis on creating dynamic, life-changing experiences. She has been lead or principal actress in 28 commercials, and numerous stage, film and television productions.  

And on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 5:15 p.m., Images Cinema, 50 Spring St., Williamstown will present a free screening of "The Power of an Illusion," a documentary about race in society, science and history.

The three-part series, produced by California Newsreel, originally was screened on PBS.  It examines the theory of race by challenging the idea of race as biology, tracing the idea back to its origin in the 19th century.

This is a Northern Berkshire Diversity Task Force event, with participation by MCLA Campus Conversations on Race (CCOR) students.

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