Wellesley Celebrates Black History Month with Theme “Black Migration: New Destinations, New Realities”

Students plan for the opening of Harambee house
Photo provided by Wellesley College Archives, Library & Technology Services
February 6, 2019

Wellesley is celebrating Black History Month this February with film screenings, lectures, and a tour of the African art exhibit at the Davis Museum. Presented by Harambee House, the theme of this year’s celebration is “Black Migration: New Destinations, New Realities.”

The focus will be “the relocation of people of African descent from Africa and the Caribbean to the United States and their movement within the United States,” said Tracey Cameron, assistant dean of intercultural education, director of Harambee House, and advisor to students of African descent.

Highlights will include a keynote address by Vanessa K. Valdés director of the Black Studies Program at the City College of New York-CUNY. Valdés is the author of Diasporic Blackness, about the life and times of Harlem Renaissance historian, writer, and activist Arturo Alfonso Schomburg. Born in Puerto Rico, Schomburg migrated to New York City in 1891, where he became a writer, activist, and collector.

Black History Month events on campus:


February 6, 6 p.m.

The Cypher: Surviving R. Kelly: Beyond the Music

Harambee House


February 7, 5 p.m.

An evening with author Samuel Delany

Newhouse Center lounge

Sponsor: Newhouse Center for the Humanities


February 8, 6 p.m.

Film screening: Kiki

Harambee House


February 12, 6 p.m.

Alumnae Speaker Series: In Conversation with Malika Jeffries-EL’96

Harambee House

Co-sponsor: Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent


February 17–23

Africa Week Events

Sponsor: Wellesley African Students Association


February 19, 6 p.m.

Keynote address with Vanessa K. Valdés: San Mateo de Cangrejos, and Charlotte Amalie, Harlem, Nashville, and Brooklyn: the Migrations of Alfonso Schomburg

Co-sponsor: Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship


February 20, 12:45 p.m.

Public Tour: Art of Africa and the African Diaspora at Wellesley,

Led by Assistant Curator Amanda Gilvin

The Davis Museum


February 23, 5 p.m.

Women for Caribbean Development (WCD) Expo: Rhythms of the Caribbean

Tishman Commons


February 25, 6 p.m.

African American Read-In: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Harambee House


February 26, 1:30 p.m.

Wellesley’s Black History

Wellesley College Archives Exhibit

(fourth floor, Clapp Library)

Sponsor: Ethos


February 26, 5 p.m.

Film screening: Blasian Narratives, followed by performer Q&A


Sponsors: Committee of Lectures and Cultural Events, the Advisor to Students of Asian Descent, and the Pan-Asian Council


February 27, 7 p.m.

Film screening: Talking Black in America

Collins Cinema

Sponsor: Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences Program


February 28, 4 p.m.

Film screening: Black N Black, with filmmaker Zadi Zokou

Library Lecture Room

Sponsor: Department of Africana Studies


Photo: Students at the dedications and groundbreaking of Harambee House,1969