February 11, 2020

Black History Month at MSM

Dear MSM Community,

February is Black History Month in the United States. We take this time to celebrate the achievements of black Americans and their role in shaping history in our country. It is also a time for us to reflect on the struggles that so many endured on the continuing road to true freedom, equality, and justice.

Here are a few of the events taking place at MSM to mark Black History Month!


Our month-long celebrations started on Feb 2 with a presentation by the Black Student Union and QueerPBS entitled Black and Queer, followed by a dinner in the President’s Residence.

The MSM Black Student Union and QueerPBS with President James Gandre, and husband Dr. Boris Thomas

FEB 10–14, 17, & 19

Our Black Student Union shares facts about black history in the student lounge.

FEB 13 & 14

Golden Rose Valentines for sale outside of the Cafeteria by the Black Student Union!

FEB 19

Our musical celebration this year will be marked by the annual Black History Month Concert presented by the Black Student Union on February 19 at 7:30pm. We are pleased that this year the concert will return to its longtime home in Neidorff-Karpati Hall after being held in Ades Performance space during the Hall’s renovation.

The event will feature 19 acts, including jazz quartet and quintets, classical performers, musical theatre, a drum circle, choirs, a jam during intermission, and much more. Don’t miss this!

Questions? boxoffice@msmnyc.edu

FEB 20

On February 20 at 7pm in Mikowsky Recital Hall, Alexa Smith, MSM Chief of Staff and leader of MSM’s Cultural Inclusion Initiative moderates the Black History Month Panel – Activist, Ally, or Advocate? that features Terrance McKnight (WQXR Host), Ras Dia (Metropolitan Opera Producer), Harolyn Blackwell (MSM Faculty), and Mark Campbell (Pulitzer Prize-Winning Opera Librettist).  

FEB 25

Debate Watch Party sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus and hosted by the Black Student Union.

FEB 27

“Seasoned Vegans:” Culturally inspired vegan dishes with the Veg Society, hosted by the Black Student Union.

We look forward to celebrating with you!


Dr. James Gandre
President, Manhattan School of Music


Black Student Union featured in the MSM Spotlight

Read the latest MSM Spotlight interview with Black Student Union leaders Rayna Campbell (left), Imani Williams (right), and Chira Bell (middle), who speak about the importance of the BSU at MSM.

Various events hosted by the BSU this month!

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