Black History Month

February is Black History/African American History Month, an annual celebration of the rich and diverse culture and achievements of African Americans. The St. John’s University community is proud to honor our Black alumni with special events organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs under the multicampus theme “The Power Rests in Our Hands.” 

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View the full schedule below and join us on campus for a variety of events. Be sure to check out events and initiatives in the area that you can bring a friend to and attend yourself.

From St. John’s University

Stamped from the Beginning Book Discussion by Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D.
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
7-8 p.m.
The St. John’s University School of Law’s Black Authors Book Club invites you to a conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., author of the bestselling book, Stamped from the Beginning.
Register Here

Engaged Conversation by iAsia Brown
Thursday, February 3, 2022
1:50-3:15 p.m.
Join us as queer artist, storyteller, US veteran, techie, and DEI expert iAsia Brown, known as the “Tech Picasso,” uses her story to inspire and teach you how to use your power to make tangible next steps that can pivot you from your monotony to your calling.
Virtually via Zoom
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A Black, Queer, and Nerdy Conversation by Josh Mackey
Monday, February 7, 2022
1:50-3:15 p.m.
Utilizing discussion around on-screen representation in superhero films, Mr. Mackey teaches you how to embrace your identity or superpower – similar to how he embraces being Black, queer, and nerdy – to effect the change you want to see in the world.
Virtually via Zoom
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Money-Generating Activities Panel by the Urban Legacy Foundation, Ltd.
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
5-7 p.m.
Please join us for part two of the “Generational Wealth-Building Series,” done in partnership with the Urban Legacy Foundation, Ltd.
Virtual via Zoom
Register Here

“African Americans and Africa: Conversations across the Centuries” by Nemata Blyden, Ph.D.
Monday, February 14, 2022
1:50 p.m.
Virtually via Webex
Register Here

Holistic wellness panel featuring Tristen B. Johnson, Ph.D.; Yasmin L. Naaman, LMHC; and Manouchkathe Cassagnol, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., A.A.C.C.
Thursday, February 17, 2022
1:50-3:15 p.m.
Copanelists working in the health care field, including Manouchkathe Cassagnol, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., A.A.C.C, Clinical Professor, Department of Clinical Health Professions, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Tristen Brenae Johnson, Ph.D., Yasmin L. Naaman, LMHC, Owner and Psychotherapist at Lotus Life Mental Health Counseling, educate you on the benefits of holistic wellness practices, examine disparities across communities, discuss the advantages of holistic medicine, and offer their unique perspectives on how they use these practices to transform their own and others’ lives.
Virtually via Zoom
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LGBTQ+ Resource Center Book Talk by Dennis Tyler, Ph.D.
Thursday, February 24, 2022
1:50-3:15 p.m.
(hybrid event, in-person seating is limited) Dennis Tyler, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of English at Fordham University, discusses his forthcoming book, Disabilities of the Color Line: Redressing Antiblackness from Slavery to the Present (NYU Press, Feb 2022)
Hybrid event
To register for the event in-person, email Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls at [email protected]
To join virtually via Zoom, Register Here

Racial Justice & Community Activism Panel - TBD
Thursday, February 24, 2022
6:30-8 p.m. 
Virtually via WebEx  

Black Alumni Association Brunch - TBD
Rustic Tavern 

In and Around Queens

Dennis Osadebe: Inside Out Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts  
Tuesday, February 1–Sunday, February 13
Virtual Exhibition  
View Exhibition Here 

Deep River: Black Currents in Classical Music at The Apollo Theatre 
Thursday, February 3, 2022 
7 p.m. 
Virtually on Digital Stage 
Register Here 

Grammy Award Winning Pianist Adegoke Steve at Harlem School of the Arts 
Saturday, February 5, 2022 
3-4:30 p.m. 
Harlem School of the Arts 
Register Here 

Riddim Section Presents: Steven Kroon at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning 
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 
8-9 p.m. 
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) 
Register Here 

The Harlem Chamber Players Present Their 14th Annual Black History Month Celebration
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 
6-8 p.m. 
Harlem School of the Arts 
Register Here

Support the Phyllis C. Bell Black Alumni Association Scholarship Fund

The Phyllis C. Bell Black Alumni Association Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 to support the educational endeavors of black students attending St. John’s University who have demonstrated financial need that is not being met. This was done in honor of Phyllis C. Bell ’75C, founder of the St. John’s University Black Alumni Association, to honor her and the impact that she had upon the lives of thousands of St. John’s graduates who have followed her as she walked in the footstep of St. Vincent DePaul.
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The Black Alumni Association

The Black Alumni Association (BAA) is dedicated to the pursuit of social empowerment by responding to the professional and personal growth of the St. John’s alumni community. Founded in 1989 by Phyllis C. Bell ’75C, ’79G, the Association also strives to promote the Vincentian mission in all of its endeavors.
Learn more and join today

Support Alumni Black-Owned Businesses

Throughout the month of February, we are excited to showcase our Black-Owned Businesses on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Keep an eye out to learn more about these businesses, how to support them, and how to get involved.  

One of the many Black Alumni owned businesses is Rustik Tavern! This Brooklyn neighborhood tavern, owned by Frantz Metellus ’94SVC, was the winner of Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce "Best in Class" outdoor dining design and experience! Be sure to stop by this beloved Bed-Stuy restaurant soon to enjoy their patio and flavorful menu 
View the Alumni Small Business Directory  

If you’re interested in recognizing noteworthy St. John’s alumni during Black History Month, be sure to submit their name by filling out the Noteworthy Alumni Nomination Form!