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Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 9:00am to Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 9:00pm

 

Black to the Future: A Festival of Art, Social Justice, and Dreaming Programs

The University's signature Black History Month event, the K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Program sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, is named for K. Leroy Irvis, a 1954 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and one of the most important and influential men in Pennsylvania history. This year’s K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month program - Black To The Future: A Festival of Art, Social Justice, and Dreaming (February 26 – 29) – features a series of cultural activities that highlight black activism through the arts.

Black to the Future: A Festival of Art, Social Justice, and Dreaming is a reframing of what it means to celebrate Black History Month. The festival has an eye toward the relationship between remembering and reimagining; it’s a way to honor the past while simultaneously imagining the future we want to live in. With concepts from AfroFuturists in mind, the festival brings together “the imagination, technology, the future, and liberation” via experimentation and a redefinition of culture and blackness itself. It also focuses on the critical impact of art, poetry, and music in helping to change culture so that what we dream might actually become reality.

Spanning four days, the festival is a celebration of the creative arts across genres. Performance & visual artists, musicians, poets, and dancers will, in practice, think inside of this and other historical moments and our potential relationships to a liberated, speculative future.

All events are free and open to the public.

Register online: K. Leroy Irvis BHM registration

Questions? Contact diversity@pitt.edu

 

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