This year’s celebration of Black Heritage Month used theater, dance, and discussions to focus on the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Students and faculty explored topics including “diversity” hiring, Lafayette’s role in the desegregation of the Sun Bowl, felon disenfranchisement, voter ID laws, and Miranda Rights.
A special theater series examined the changing racial makeup of American cities across many generations. The program included opportunities to see Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway starring Denzel Washington and Lafayette College Theater’s presentation of the related play Clybourne Park. The Williams Center’s performing arts series hosted a student workshop and presentation of Stardust by David Roussève and his dance company, REALITY. The experimental production follows an unseen black gay teenager trying to negotiate a path through adolescence.