Event Calendar

Department of Africana Studies Presents

Pan African Festival ‘22

Remembering Dr. Edward W. Crosby

 

Legacies of #BlackExcellence 

This year’s theme, Legacies of #BlackExcellence, seeks to honor the love and labor of the department's founding administrators, including Dr. Edward W. Crosby and his wife, Mrs. Shirley Crosby.  This year’s event will speak to the connective tissue needed for current students to understand and ultimately embody the legacy of our department's ancestors.  Throughout the week, we invite students, faculty, staff, alumni and those from the greater Kent community to remember the journey of DPAS to AFS and to recommit to fulfilling the legacy of #BlackExcellence, on campus and in the community.  


 

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 - Saturday, April 30, 2022 

Oscar Ritchie Hall 

Kent State University 

 

Campus Partners 

Black United Students

Center for Pan African Culture 

College of Arts and Sciences 

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

 

 

Event Schedule

Day 

Activity 

Details 

Tuesday  (4/26) 

Litty at the Ritchie! 

12pm -2pm 

ORH Lobby 

Dance Party, Photo booth, Survival Packs and more!

Wednesday

(4/27)

Slammin’ At The Ritchie 

Doors open at 4:30pm

ORH -African Community Theater

Student poetry slam with special guest judges! 

Thursday  4/28

Opening Ceremony 

Doors open at 6:00pm 

ORH 214-Lecture Hall 

**Opening Program**

Performance:  Djapo Cultural Arts 

Virtual Keynote: Molefi Asante, Temple University 

Discussion and Q&A - Mwatubu S. Okantah 


 

Friday 4/29 

Reception and Photo Unveiling 

5:30pm Umbajii Gallery + Lobby 

 

Evening Plenary 

6:30pm 

ORH 214-Lecture Hall 

Keynote:   Ron Daniels, Institute of The Black World 21st Century 

Discussion and Q&A:  Amoaba Gooden

Saturday 4/30

Closing Celebration 

1pm

ORH -African Community Theater

Barefeet Dance  Tribe

Ase Expressions 

Hue People 

Baba Okantah and Friends, Featuring Vince Robinson 



 


 

Uumbaji Gallery

Black Student Movements: Orangeburg, Kent and Jackson State 1968-1970

A photography exhibit curated by Idris Kabir Syed

Exhibit Dates: Feb. 2020 - Aug. 25, 2020


Learn more about upcoming and current exhibits



 


 


 


 Uumbaji Gallery

Black Student Movements: Orangeburg, Kent and Jackson State 1968-1970

A photography exhibit curated by Idris Kabir Syed

Exhibit Dates: Feb. 2020 - Aug. 25, 2020


Learn more about upcoming and current exhibits



Fall 2020

 



Learn More about the African Community Theatre