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The New Negro

The New Negro: An Interpretation was edited in 1925 by Alain Locke then working as a professor at the prestigious Black college, Howard University.  The New Negro is a collection of art, poetry, plays, fiction, and essays to which numerous Black Renaissance writers contributed including Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, and Zora Neale Hurston.

Using this anthology as a point of departure, this month will focus on the era leading into the Harlem Renaissance when D.C. was in vogue and the Negro was new.  U Street was once a thriving Black business and arts district and Howard University fed the city with its brilliant Black minds drawing the best and the brightest, the “Talented Tenth” as W.E.B. Dubois might argue.

Events have been tailored around the movement of ideas and the interpretations of Blackness that prompted some Black people in this era to don new identities.  Equally, it recognizes the precarious position of college educated Blacks in D.C. at a predominately white University situated in a once Black district of the city.

The emerging politics and history of what we, as Black people, call ourselves and are called: Colored – Negro – Black - African American will be the central focus of this month’s celebration of our heritage.


Black Heritage Celebration is NEVER Over

Although February is over, the celebration of the rich and diverse experiences of Black people in America can NEVER be over.  The Black Heritage Celebration Committee would like to thank you for joining us in making this year's celebration the best looking BHC in GW history.  We would also like to challenge you to continue recognizing the contributions of Black people throughout the African Diaspora not only in "the past", but also in the contemporary moment.  If you are interested in being apart of the fabulous committee that made this year's celebration happen, email us at gwblackevents@gmail.com.


Recent Announcements

  • The Black Heritage Celebration Committee invites you to keep up with us! We're moving fast!  There's only 28 days in February.
  • Sankofa? The Old Skool Comes Back to Beat the New The Old SkoolIn a fantastic rally, the Old Skool (staff and alumni) came back from a 15 point deficit demonstrating their poise and experience to beat up on the ...
    Posted Mar 2, 2010, 1:16 PM by GW MSSC Media Productions
  • National 2010 Black History Theme: The History of Black Economic Empowerment The 2010 Black Heritage Celebration Committee pays homage to Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.  The following is an executive summary ...
    Posted Feb 18, 2010, 10:58 AM by Nikki Lane
  • Teachable Moments The BHC Committee hopes that you will continue to hold on to some of the discussions that you are having throughout the month.  In an effort to provide space for ...
    Posted Feb 17, 2010, 9:53 AM by Nikki Lane
  • New Negro Women Take Center Stage Thursday February 18, 2010 -- 7pmThe FishbowlCorner of G and 22nd St NWWho was Charlotte E. Ray? Who was known as the ‘grandmother’ of the Civil Rights Movement ...
    Posted Feb 17, 2010, 9:34 AM by Nikki Lane
  • The New Negro -- A Fan of Snow? The 2010 Black Heritage Celebration Committee is not sure if The New Negro is frolicking in the snow at the moment, but keep an eye on this website for information ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2010, 6:08 PM by Nikki Lane
  • Blackademics: The Challenge February 24th, 6pm Marvin Center AmphitheaterCo-Sponsored by Colonial ChallengeHow much do you know about The New Negro?  Come find out in a Jeopardy-styled trivia game show ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2010, 1:20 PM by Nikki Lane
  • GW Professor Adele Alexander Tells of Parallel Worlds Adele Logan Alexander, Professor of History at George Washington University, has been nominated by President Obama to serve on the National Council on the Humanities. She is the author of ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2010, 4:07 PM by Nikki Lane
  • Step Your Game Up Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Nu Beta Chapter RepresentsThe Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha, Nu Beta Chapter invite you to join them in an evening of pride, skill, and ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2010, 2:10 PM by Nikki Lane
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Black Heritage Celebration Events Agenda





Keynote Address & WID DIstinguished Lecturer