Black History Month

The African Diaspora

above: Segregated waiting room at railroad depot, Jacksonville, Florida, 1921, from State Archives of Florida.

The African Diaspora: Movements, Traditions, and Legacies

Join us in February during Black History Month for events honoring the movements, traditions, and legacies of peoples of the African diaspora.

Black History Month programming at Reed is developed and cosponsored by the Multicultural Enrichment Committee and the Office for Institutional Diversity.

All events are free and open to the public.


Nicholas Buccola, "In Pursuit of Liberty: The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass"

January 25, 2012
5:30 p.m., Wednesday
Psychology 105

Nicholas Buccola, assistant professor of political science at Linfield College, will give a lecture that draws on his book, The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty, forthcoming from New York University Press in April 2012. Buccola received a PhD from the University of Southern California in 2007. Sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund and the Department of Political Science.


Darrell Grant Double Legacy Project

February 11, 2012
8 p.m., Saturday
Kaul Auditorium

Darrell Grant photoInternationally recognized jazz pianist and composer Darrell Grant has assembled an all-star lineup of musicians, including celebrated drummer Brian Blade, New York saxophonist Steve Wilson, and vibraphonist Joe Locke, for the Double Legacy Project, an exploration of the legacies we inherit and those we leave behind. The group will revisit compositions from Grant's recording career and premiere "Step By Step," an original extended suite inspired by the story of civil rights icon Ruby Bridges and composed for the celebration of Black History Month at Reed College.

Since the 1994 release of Black Art—selected as one of the year's top 10 jazz albums by the New York Times—Grant has performed extensively as a bandleader and solo artist throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, building an international reputation as a stellar pianist and versatile musician. He has been a featured guest on BET's Jazz Central and has performed on Marian McPartland's Peabody Award–winning Piano Jazz series on National Public Radio. A professor at Portland State University since 1997, Grant is the founding director of the Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute, an independent institute housed within PSU's School of Fine and Performing Arts to preserve and promote the art form, cultural heritage, and social history of jazz music in the Pacific Northwest.


Charles J. Ogletree Jr., “Race, Racism, and Discrimination in America”

February 18, 2012
7:30 p.m.
Vollum Lecture Hall

Charles J. Ogletree Jr. photoCharles J. Ogletree, Harvard Law School's Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, is a prominent legal theorist with an international reputation for taking a hard look at complex legal issues and working to secure equal rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone.

Ogletree has served as faculty director, associate dean, and vice dean of the Harvard Law School Clinical Program. He earned BA and MA degrees in political science from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School. He holds honorary doctorates of law from North Carolina Central University, New England School of Law, Tougaloo College, and Amherst College, among others. He has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine and has received numerous other awards and honors, including the first Rosa Parks Civil Rights Award from the city of Boston, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for National Service, the Carter G. Woodson History Maker Living Legend Award, and the National Bar Association's Equal Justice Award. He was presented with the lifetime achievement award when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the National Black Law Students Association, for which he served as president from 1977 to 1978. Ogletree's most recent book is The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Race, Class, and Crime in America.


Glenn C. Loury, “Obama is No King: Reflections on Presidential Politics and the Black Prophet Tradition”

February 20, 2012
4:30 p.m.
Vollum Lecture Hall

Glenn C. Loury photoGlenn C. Loury, the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and professor of economics at Brown University, is a distinguished economist who has contributed to a variety of areas in applied microeconomic theory, including welfare economics, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics, and the economics of income distribution.

Loury has lectured before academic societies throughout the world and has been a scholar in residence at Oxford University, Tel Aviv University, the University of Stockholm, the Delhi School of Economics, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, among others. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and was a Carnegie Scholar. He has been elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Econometric Society, and as vice president of the American Economics Association. In 2000 he presented the DuBois Lectures at Harvard and in 2005 he received the John von Neumann Award. Over 200 of Loury's essays and reviews on racial inequality and social policy have appeared in influential journals in the United States and abroad. He is a frequent commentator on national radio and television, an adviser on social issues to business and political leaders, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Loury holds a BA in mathematics from Northwestern University and a PhD in economics from MIT. His most recent book is Ethnicity, Social Mobility, and Public Policy: Comparing the US and the UK.

Sponsored by the Walter Krause Economics Lectures fund.

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Isabel Wilkerson, “The Warmth of Other Suns”

February 25, 2012
7:30 p.m.
Kaul Auditorium

Isabel Wilkerson photo

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and best-selling author Isabel Wilkerson spent years interviewing more than 1,200 people for The Warmth of Other Suns, a work of narrative nonfiction that tells the epic story of the Great Migration through the lives of three individuals. The Great Migration, which lasted from 1915 to 1970 and involved nearly six million people, was one of the largest internal migrations in United States history and changed the cultural and political landscape of the country.

Wilkerson, professor of journalism and director of narrative nonfiction at Boston University, served previously as Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University and as the James M. Cox Jr. Professor at Emory University. In 1994 while Chicago bureau chief of the New York Times, Wilkerson became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in journalism. She is also a recipient of the George Polk Awardbook cover and was named journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists. The Warmth of Other Suns became a New York Times and national bestseller. It won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Award for Nonfiction, the 2011 Hillman Book Prize, the 2011 Lynton History Prize conferred by Harvard and Columbia universities, the 2011 Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the Stephen Ambrose Oral History Prize, the Independent Literary Award for Nonfiction, the Horace Mann Bond Book Award from Harvard University, the NAACP Image Award for Best Literary Debut, and was shortlisted for the 2011 Pen-Galbraith Literary Award for Nonfiction and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.