Study with the Best!

In June Professor Zetta Elliott was filmed at the African Burial Ground National Monument for an episode of CUNY TV’s Study with the Best. In this five-minute segment (starting at 7:35 min.) she discusses the inspiration behind her novel, Ship of Souls.


learning about slavery in NYC

On February 28, Prof. Elliott’s three classes met at the African Burial Ground National Monument to learn about the enslaved people who built the colony that became our great city. Below is a photo of students in AFN 322: Contemporary Black Writers:


This week art celebrating the spirit of black women was displayed in the lobby of BMCC’s main building. The colorful art work was made last semester by students in Prof. Elliott’s two sections of AFN 128: Black Women in the Americas. Here are some snapshots in case you missed it:

Edie Britton beneath her work of art

Mustafa Muhammad proudly pointing to his work of art

African Heritage Month

At the Center for Ethnic Studies, we explore, analyze, and celebrate African heritage all year round. Our faculty members also participate in BMCC’s African Heritage Month activities—here’s this year’s poster. You can also find more details here.

Celebrate Black History Month at the African Burial Ground

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior
Celebrate Black History Month

February 2012

Please join the African Burial Ground National
Monument throughout February as it celebrates
Black History Month with an array of activities
exploring the African Burial Ground’s connection
to its African roots and how those roots have
and continue to influence life in
New York City and beyond.

*  Feb. 1: Public Flower Laying: Members of the public are
invited to lay flowers at the memorial throughout the month

*  Feb. 2, Noon: Gallery Talk – “Burial Practices
and Pinkster”

*  Feb. 4, Feb. 4, 1:00 PM: Walking Tour tracing the life of
and teacher Maritcha Lyons

*  Feb. 4, 10:00AM-4:00 PM: Public Libation and Drum Circle:
Members of the public are invited to drum and pay tribute

*  Feb. 7,1:00 PM: African Textile Program by Pat Leonard

*  Feb. 9, Noon: Gallery Talk – “Doctor’s Mob Riot and
Community Activists”

*  Feb. 14: Day-long Film Series – visit
for complete line-up

*  Feb. 16, Noon: Gallery Talk – “Female Leadership in
Slavery and Freedom”

*  Feb. 21, 1:00 PM: Lecture – Council Member Debi Rose,
first African American elected official in Staten Island

*  Feb. 24, Noon: Tour of Commemorative Art

*  Feb. 25, 1:00 PM: Walking Tour tracing the life of Catherine
Ferguson, a woman born into slavery in the 1780s who
started New York City’s first orphanage and daycare center.

*  Feb. 28, Noon: Gallery Talk – “Roots of Inspiration:
Origins of African Music in the West”

Reservations are required for all activities and will be handled
on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be
made by calling (212) 637-2019.


The celebration will take place at the African
Burial Ground National Monument Visitor Center,
located on the first floor of 290 Broadway in Lower
Manhattan, close to Foley Square and
just north of City Hall.

African Burial Ground National Monument Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm and closed on all Federal holidays. The memorial is open 7 days a week, 9 am to 4 pm and closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.  All activities are FREE and open to the public. To reserve a spot, call (212) 637-2019.
Twitter: @AfBurialGrndNPS

Police abusing Latinos in Connecticut

Congratulations, Professor Bil Wright!

The Youth Media Awards were announced yesterday in Dallas, and we are proud to announce that BMCC English professor Bil Wright won the 2012 Stonewall Award for his young adult novel, Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy. The Stonewall Book Award-Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.