Black History Month webinar Series

Welcome! We celebrated Black History Month this year with a series of webinar panels and interviews that explored Black American cultural and political practices to further develop student curiosity and understanding. In addition to our webinar sessions, we formed a living syllabus of all resources referenced throughout our programming as well as resources community members submitted. Feel free to browse through our syllabus HERE as you review the month’s recordings!

WEEK ONE (FEBRUARY 1-5): BLACK IDENTITY

What aspects of your identity are influenced by black culture?

WHAT’S A BLACK NARRATIVE? February 2, 2020

Crosstown High’s Project Curator Danielle Tyler discusses signifiers of blackness of American visual culture.

Discussion facilitated by Danielle Tyler

MUSIC + ACTIVISM FEBRUARY 4, 2020

Crosstown High’s Ty Boyland and Coach Chandra Swan, discuss the musical and cultural output of historically black colleges and universities with special guest, Tamara Myles.

HBCU MADE PANEL FEBRUARY 5, 2020

Crosstown High’s Coach Chandra Swan and Brittany Brown, discuss historically black colleges and universities’ personal and national impact with guests, Tamara Myles, Dr. LaKeysha Hallmon, and C.J. Lawrence.

Moderated by Danielle Tyler

WEEK TWO (FEBRUARY 8-12): BLACK PERCEPTION

What does America associate with Black Culture? A Look into the One Drop Rule and Respectability Politics

THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE SCREENING February 9, 2020

Crosstown High’s Nikki Wallace and Deion Jordan, screen clips from The Black Power Mixtape and lead a discussion about Black Americans’ perceptions in America.

THE REAL DR. KING PANEL February 12, 2020

Crosstown High’s Nikki Wallace and Deion Jordan, along with guest Dr. Charles McKinney, discuss the image and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. .

Moderated by Danielle Tyler

WEEK THREE (FEBRUARY 15-19): BLACK LeGACY

How Do We Hold the Past? Is it Sensationalized or Forgotten?

MYTH V HISTORY February 18, 2020

Crosstown High’s Project Curator Danielle Tyler discusses the myths and histories of Black American culture through an investigation of popular visual culture.

Discussion facilitated by Danielle Tyler

Memphis legacy panel February 19, 2020

Crosstown High’s Ty Boyland and Memphis Slim House Executive Director, Tonya Dyson, discuss the marriage between two of their own great loves, music and Memphis.

Moderated by Danielle Tyler

WEEK FOUR (FEBRUARY 22-26): BLACK FUTURE

WHAT COMES NEXT?

COLOR BRAVE MONOLOGUES February 26, 2020

Black History Month concluded with out Crosstown High students taking a note from Mellody Hobson, and choosing to bravely share the experiences that have shaped their identities.

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