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14th Annual Boilerfest New Student Orientation

Black Cultural Center • 4:00–6:30 p.m.

Boilerfest, a new student orientation festival, introduces new Boilermakers to the Black Cultural Center, campus leaders, various student organizations, and support services. The event will feature live entertainment by the BCC Performing Arts Ensembles. Attendees will have a chance to relive the Black Power Movement by dancing down the Soul Train line.

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass Now Featuring Roger Guenveur Smith

Fowler Hall, Stewart Center • 7:00 p.m.

In this extraordinary monologue, actor and writer Roger Guenveur Smith renders Frederick Douglass' life and legacy in contemporary cadences through a creative use of Douglass' 19th-century letters, editorials, and speeches. Smith’s performance will shed contemporary light on the self-liberated abolitionist and pioneering feminist.

BCC Friends and Family Day

Historical re-enactment by Freetown Village at the Black Cultural Center Immediately after the Purdue-Ball State football game

Travel back in time to the days of Reconstruction to see how black people lived. Feel the enthusiasm and hope of people who were newly emancipated. Hear their thoughts and ideas on the future of black politics, citizenship, labor, and family.

Fight the Power with Black Power: Black Music and Political/Social Activism — Portia K. Maultsby, Ph.D.

Fowler Hall, Stewart Center • 7:00 p.m.

Maultsby's presentation will examine the ways soul and funk musicians promoted the ideology of Black Power among African Americans to help unify, rebuild, and sustain the community during an era of political and social change. Audience members will travel on a musical journey including soul, funk, rhythm and blues, and gospel.

BCC Research Tour — Philadelphia

Students will explore the Black Power Movement in Philadelphia by examining its core values of racial solidarity, cultural pride, and self-determination. Research tour participants will study the ideologies, personalities, and outcomes of the movement and the impact the movement had on intellectual and cultural life in the country.

Homecoming Weekend — Looking Back to Move Forward! A Tribute to the Decades of Black Purdue

The Purdue Black Alumni Organization in partnership with the BCC and men of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity have planned an exciting weekend of activities, including a "Welcome Back" reception, business meeting, dance, golf outing, and gospel brunch. Visit for more details.

BCC Coffee House featuring Performing Arts Ensembles

Black Cultural Center • 7:00 p.m.

Performing Arts Ensembles will present a glimpse of the material acquired during the research tour to Philadelphia.

BCC Alumni Speaker Series - "Felidelphia: The Social Transformation Efforts of the Black Panther Party inspeaker Philadelphia"

Omari Dyson, Ph.D. and Kevin Brooks, Ph.D. Fowler Hall, Stewart Center • 7:00 p.m.

These two Purdue alumni will offer an analysis of the social relief efforts of the Philadelphia Black Panther Party. They will provide an examination of the organization’s complexity, the lived resistances of former members and community residents, and the transformation efforts implemented.

An Evening with Sonia Sanchez

Fowler Hall, Stewart Center • 7:00 p.m.

Sonia SanchezThis prominent Black Arts Movement poet will turn Fowler Hall into an enchanted, hip oasis of poetic expression, cultural awareness, and social justice truths. Sanchez, who has lectured and taught at universities around the country, is the author of more than a dozen poetry books, along with children's books and plays.

Cultural Arts Festival

Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center • 7:00 p.m.

The BCC Performing Arts Ensembles will present an evening of revolutionary thought, sound and artistry. Admission: General Public, $7; Purdue Students, $5

Night with the Indiana Pacers

Conseco Fieldhouse • Monday, December 6th 7:00 p.m.

The BCC Performing Arts Ensembles will present an evening with the Indiana Pacers. Admission: General Public, $21.20; Two Tickets, $42.20

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