The collaboration of Chapman’s Cross Cultural Center, Black Student Union, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Black Alumni Association has culminated in a series of virtual events to honor Black History month.  The events listed below are free and open to the community, so please join us to listen, learn, and discuss with experts representing their own unique facets of the Black Experience.

Thursday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. Engaging the World: Photographing Black Queer Identities with Hakeem Adewumi

Join Escalette Collection artist Hakeem Adewumi and Professor Angelica Allen for a discussion of Adewumi’s work. Hakeem Adewumi is a portrait photographer living and working in Dallas, Texas. Central to Adewumi’s work is the process of redefining and defying identity through the lens of Blackness and queerness.

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Friday, Feb. 12, 12 p.m. Engaging the World: Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America

Chronicling the riveting history and personal experiences- at once liberating and challenging, harrowing and inspiring, deeply revealing and profoundly transforming – of African Americans on the road from the advent of the automobile through the seismic changes of the 1960s and beyond – Driving While Black explores the deep background of a recent phrase rooted in realities that have been an indelible part of the African American experience for hundreds of years – told in large part through the stories of the men, women and children who lived through it.

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Friday, Feb. 19, 4 p.m. Screening and Panel Discussion – True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality follows 30 years of Equal Justice Initiative’s work on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. The film won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary, and is the winner of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications’s  26th annual Vision Award and a Peabody Award.  Told primarily in his own words, True Justice shares Bryan Stevenson’s experience with a criminal justice system that “treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent.”

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Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. Black Health Care: Past and Present

Join the Black Health Care: Past and Present panel discussion with experts Dr. Tamarra Jones, Dr. LB Brown, Dr. Emmanuel John, and Dr. Jason Douglas and moderated by Dr. Charissa Threat, Associate Professor of History at Chapman University.

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