Africa Day Events Set for May 29-30

Written by Laura Paskin
May 8, 2014

The 4th Annual Africa Day Celebration highlights African and African-American political movements and leading figures in African Diaspora history in a series of events from May 29-30, 2014. The celebration features special guest Professor Stephen Ward, University of Michigan, a leading scholar on African and African-American political thought and social movements and the evolution of cities since World War II.

African Day kicks off a film screening of acclaimed film American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs on May 29. Boggs, now in her 90s, has been a leading activist in Detroit. Professor Ward, who contributed to the film, will lead a discussion following the screening. This event, which is free and open to the public, is set for 6 p.m., May 29, in Pigott Auditorium. RSVPs requested here.

On May 30, Professor Ward presents the keynote speech "Black Power and the African Revolution: James and Grace Lee Boggs, Kwame Nkrumah, and Black Radical Networks," at 7 p.m. in Casey Commons. A celebration with music from the global African world, food, and dancing, sponsored by the Seattle University African Student Association and the Black Student Union, follows in Casey Atrium. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested here.

Africa Day events are sponsored by the Global African Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to its degree program, Global African Studies sponsors a range of academic forums and community events focusing on African, African American, Afro-Caribbean, Latin American, and other African diasporic experiences.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 undergraduate major degrees, 36 minors, and 6 master’s degrees.