WWU Black History Month Summit program details

WWU's "Back to the Sandbox: Art and Radical Pedagogy Black History Month Summit" program will consist of a wide array of activities, offerings, dates, and locations over the course of the weekend:


Friday, Feb. 9: Performing Arts Center

6:30 PM - Welcome Reception & Art Exhibit– Main Lobby

            Welcome:       Dean Horacio Walker, Woodring College of Education

                                    Dean Kit Spicer, College of Fine and Performing Arts

7:00 p.m. - PAC Concert Hall

Mistress of Ceremonies:        Ms. Sheenan Walter Edwards, African Caribbean Club – President

Master of Ceremonies:          Mr. Abdul-Malik Ford, Black Student Union – President

Blessings: Ms. Johnnae McDaniel

Nguzo Saba Guiding Principles: Mr. Nathaniel Williams II

Opening Song: Ms. Ibidunni Ojikutu, and Accompanist Ms. Rebecca Manalac

Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James Weldon. Johnson

2nd Song: "I Am Harriet Tubman"- Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom written by Nkeiru Okoye


Welcome: African Diaspora Fashion Walk

Moderators: Dr. Kunle Ojikutu and Mrs. Diann Kunle, and Mrs. Christelle Fostsing of Luchrist Fashions, Bellis Fair Mall


Opening Poem:         

Mr. TJ Robinson, “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes


Featured Event: “Africa to America” Participatory Workshop

Dr. Karen B. McLean Dade, Educator/Elder Presenter

Narrator/Poet Accompanists: Ms. Sheenan Walter-Edwards, Mr. Abdul-Malik Ford, Mr. Nathaniel Williams, Mr. Josiah Scott, Mr. TJ Robinson, and Mrs. Shovia Muchirawehond

Dance/Percussion Accompanist: Mr. Antonio Diaz; and “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” dance solo by Jade Jordan


Saturday, Feb. 10:  Wilson Library Reading Room

8:30: Refreshments

9:00 AM: Welcome

Mistress of Ceremonies:        Ms. Sheenan Walter Edwards, African Caribbean Club – President

Master of Ceremonies:          Mr. Abdul-Malik Ford, Black Student Union – President


Dr. Shari Robinson, Counseling Center Director and Mr. Leonard Jones, Director of University Residencies; both members of the WWU African Descent Faculty & Staff Affinity Group

Mrs. Lynda Robinson, Co-Director of Education, Everett/Snohomish NAACP

9:15 – 10:15 AM Preserving the Legacy of Black Artists through Collectors, Curators and Artists Panel One with Mr. Knowledge Bennett, Alitash Kebede, Nyanda Donaldson, and Edward Moore; Dr. Karen McLean Dade, Moderator

10:15-10:30 Mural Break

10:30 – 11:30 AM “Glocal Black Artists and Their Works” Panel Two with Ed BeReal Stern, Johnnae McDaniels, Karen McLean Dade, and Theresa Williams; Nyanda Donaldson, Curator Discussant

11:30 – 12:15 PM Boxed Lunch

“Just See Me” Gallery Walk: PAC Main Lobby with JGG: Nyanda Donaldson and Joseph Gross

12:30 – 1:30:  Concurrent Sessions I

  1. The 25th Hour Literary Presentation by Dr. Karen McLean Dade and Mr. T.J. Robinson
  2. Alitash Kebede: The Art of Art Dealership

1:30 – 1:45: Mural Break

1:45 – 2:45:  Concurrent Sessions II

  1. Exploring Issues on Race & Gender through Digital and Traditional Mediums by Theresa Williams

B.Pop Art Culture & Me by Knowledge Bennett

2:45 – 3:00 Mural Break

3:00 – 3:45 PM:  BHM Summit Talent Showcase, MC: Nathaniel Williams II

3:45 – 4:00 PM: Closing, Moderated by Ms. Sheenan Walter Edwards and Mr. Abdul-Malik Ford

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