Rock Creek Events: February 18 — 22

Monday, Feb. 18

TED Talk: The Danger of a Single Story (Chimamanda Adichie)

Noon-1pm, Bldg. 2/123

Boxed lunches will be served to the first 30 people who attend.

TED Talk: Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself (Thandie Newton)

4pm-5pm, Bldg. 5/201 (Multicultural Center)

Pizza will be served during this session.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

From the Spirituals to Hip-Hop: The Socio-Political Importance of Black Music in American Society

Presented by Hasan Salaam

2pm-3:30pm, Bldg. 3 Theatre

Rapper and activist Hasan Salaam will discuss the role of Black Music in America as a weapon in the fight for freedom, justice and equality, and show how the social and political climate of each generation form our music – from The Spirituals, to Hip-hop, to Jazz to Rock & Roll.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

The African American LGBTQ Experience

1pm-3pm, Bldg. 5/201 (Multicultural Center)

The Queer Resource Center, in celebration of Black History Month, invites you to a presentation and discussion of LGBTQ experiences within African-American communities. Most who identify as LGBTQ also hold other identities that influence their life experience in important ways. For some, several of these identities are socially marginalized, which can lead to experiencing multiple oppressions. This presentation will focus on experiences of being Black and LGBTQ-identified throughout history and today.

Thursday, Feb. 21

Spoken Word Performance by Walidah Imarisha, "The Bad Sista"

12:30pm-1:30pm, Bldg. 3 Student Center

Walidah Imarisha is a writer, organizer, educator and performance poet. She is one half of the poetic duo Good Sista/Bad Sista, and has shared the stage with Kenny Muhammad of the Roots, Chuck D, Saul Williams, war resister Stephen Funk, Ani DiFranco, John Irving, dead prez, and organizer and revolutionary Yuri Kochiyama. She has also taught for Portland State University's Black Studies Department, Oregon State University's Women's Studies Department and Southern New Hampshire University's English Department.

Friday, Feb. 22

The Illumination Project

9:30am-11am, Bldg. 2/128

The Illumination Project celebrates Black History Month by presenting interactive social justice theater, with a goal of creating a campus community that values people of all backgrounds. The plays will focus on racism and the challenges faced by people of color.