44 Days Celebration

About 44 Days

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Saint Mary’s College is proud to present the Third Annual 44 Days Honoring Black History. A nod to President Barack Obama, the nation’s 44th commander in chief and first African American president, the 44 Days initiative highlights the rich contributions of Black culture to the SMC campus, the nation, and the world.

44 Days features signature programs that echo the theme of “Building Community Through Adversity,” which reflects the African American historical legacy of joining together to resist oppression and bring about necessary change in our society.

44 Days begins on Saturday, February 1, during Black History Month and ends on March 15. This cultural heritage series of programs features a Black Student Convocation breakfast and program with a welcome by Margaret Kasimatis, Saint Mary’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and Kathy Littles, associate provost for faculty affairs and senior diversity officer, plus engaging student-centered events and workshops.

Melissa Harris-Perry, the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair and professor at Wake Forest University, political analyst, and award-winning author, is the keynote speaker of 44 Days. She will speak on Friday, March 6. The 44 Days celebration also features a Black Mental Health Series with noted health professionals Kristee Haggins, Taisha Caldwell-Harvey, and Derrick Bines. To round out the featured speakers, 44 Days is pleased to have Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant, discussing healing through action; and Kevin Cokley, professor at the University of Texas in Austin, scholar, and author who focuses on African American psychology, racial identity, and achievement.