With a German-American get together, the U.S. Consulate celebrated Black History Month on Friday. It was an evening of discussion, culture, music, and soul food. Professors Dr. Steven Bloom and Dr. Jason Johnson spoke to the audience about the influence of the African American community in the U.S. elections and the evolution of self-identifying terms for black Americans. Artist Brent Jones had his work on display for those in attendance to see another glimpse into African culture through the visual arts. Following the lectures the blues band City Tour preformed several numbers for the crowd. Among the audience were numerous interested high school students as well as Fluxus artist Benjamin Patterson.
Dr. Jason Johnson, Scholar in Residence at Hiram’s Garfield Institute for Public Leadership will take American politics “on the road” to Europe February 25-March 5 in a series of lectures on the American political system, Presidential campaign and African-American political landscape hosted by the U.S. State Department.
Johnson, an author, and frequent commentator on American politics for the media, will be visiting American Consulates in numerous cities in Germany, including Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Nurnberg, Munich, Heidelberg and other cities, to discuss a wide range of topics, from the use of social media in American political campaigns to the role minorities, and especially, African Americans will play in this year’s Presidential Campaign in the U.S.
Johnson will lecture at teacher training seminars at American Consulates in each city, and will join with Dr. Steven Bloom, historian and author, and a professor at Heidelberg College, for a presentation on Civil rights, racial identity, and political humor in American politics.
For more information, visit the Hiram College website.