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.
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.
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. .
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.
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.
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.