Release: Feb. 13, 2018
GAMBIER, Ohio — Renowned and rising black artists from across the country are visiting Kenyon College this February to honor Black History Month 2018. The celebration, organized by the Black Student Union (BSU) and funded in part by Kenyon’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will feature a series of events including poetry readings, empathy practicums and film screenings.
This year’s celebration is held in honor of Allen B. Ballard Jr. and the late Stanley L. Jackson, members of the Class of 1952 and Kenyon’s first African American graduates. BSU President Eric Sutton, a senior from Indianapolis, is eager to see how these events will spark reflection and discussion.
“This year, we’re trying to branch across different genres and different people,” he says. “We’ve asked ourselves how we, as the Black Student Union, can intersperse ourselves in the student community and how we can reflect that interspersion in the artists we bring to Kenyon.”
The following events are free and open to the public: