February 11, 20136:00 p.m.Ohio Room, Hadley Union Building
A Black History Month program dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that will feature a panel of speakers from two generations of African American artists and performers.
This Black History Month program, dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will feature a panel of six prominent speakers: Sonia Sanchez, Haki Madhubuti, Jorge “Popmaster” Fabel Pabon, Adam Mansbach, Chinaka Hodge, and James Braxton Peterson.
Sonia Sanchez—poet, activist, scholar—was the Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Temple University. She is the recipient of the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to American poetry and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award. One of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement, Sanchez is the author of 16 books.
Haki R. Madhubuti is a major contributor to the Black literary tradition, in particular through his early association with the Black Arts Movement beginning in the mid-60s, which has had a lasting and major influence. Haki is the founder, publisher, and chair of the board of Third World Press (established in 1967), the largest independent black-owned press in the United States. He has published 24 books (some under his former name, Don L. Lee) and is one of the world’s best-selling authors of poetry and nonfiction, with books in print in excess of 3 million. Connect with Haki on Facebook.
Jorge “Popmaster″ Fabel Pabon may be initially recognized for being featured in the cult classic hip-hop movie Beat Street, but he has also performed at the Kennedy Center Honors gala and was the first hip-hop dancer to perform in Cuba. In 1999, Fabel served as a consultant, moderator, panelist, and writer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibit and conference: “The Hip Hop Nation: Roots, Rhyme, and Rage.” He is currently working on three documentaries: Apache Line, Fabel’s History of Hip Hop Fashion Vol. 1, and Puerto Ricans in Hip Hop.
Michael Skolnik is the political director to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and the copresident of GlobalGrind.com, an online resource for all things “Hip-Pop,” founded by Russell. Michael serves on the board of directors for the Trayvon Martin Foundation and Knocked Up! Now What? He is also the founder of Dot2Dot, an annual summit of 100 of the millennial’s most important leaders, who gather to engage in a conversation about the future of the generation. Prior to his work for Russell, Michael spent over a decade as an award-winning film director and producer.
Chinaka Hodge is a poet and playwright. Originally from Oakland, California, she was named Best Poet by the East Bay Express in 2008. Her most recent book, For Girls With Hips, released in May 2006, is in its third publication. Chinaka was a member of the U.S. Artist Delegation to the World Social Forum in Narobi, Kenya, in early 2007.
Dr. James Braxton Peterson is currently director of Africana Studies and associate professor of English at Lehigh University. He is also the founder of Hip Hop Scholars, LLC, an association of hip-hop generational scholars dedicated to researching and developing the cultural and educational potential of hip-hop, urban, and youth cultures.
This program is cosponsored by the African American Cultural Center. All students are encouraged to expand their knowledge of African American history and culture through attending this program.
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