11/20 – Bryonn Bain: “Lyrics From Lockdown”

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One man. One mic. 40 characters. Two unbelievable true stories of wrongful imprisonment.

This unbelievably true story begins when Brooklyn’s own hip hop theater innovator and spoken word champion, Bryonn Bain (60 Minutes, The Village Voice, BET’s My Two Cents), is wrongly imprisoned in NYC jails — while studying law at Harvard. Weaving together the voices of over 40 characters into a one-man tour de force, “Lyrics From Lockdown,” executive produced by Gina and Harry Belafonte, is receiving extraordinary reviews around the world. A groundbreaking multimedia production, this critically acclaimed show uses a live band and video DJ, fusing hip hop, theater, spoken word poetry, rhythm and blues, calypso and classical music, to tell a provocative story exposing racial profiling and wrongful incarceration in a nation imprisoning more people than any other in the world.

Written and performed by Bryonn Bain.

Praise for “Lyrics From Lockdown”

“Every moment on stage was filled with a thing of beauty.” –Anna Deavere Smith

“He has style and considerable talent, and his lyrics — a stirring mix of lament and demand — pack a punch.” –The New York Times

Tickets available through the Miller Theatre Box Office.


About the Heyman Center

The Heyman Center for the Humanities provides the intellectual and physical space for interdisciplinary discussions among members of the Columbia community and the New York City public. It brings together faculty and students from across the university—from the humanities, social and natural sciences, law, medicine, journalism, and the arts—to share thinking, debate ideas, and collectively consider methodological, conceptual, and ethical issues of common interest and concern.  It sponsors public programming—lectures, poetry and fiction reading, workshops, conferences, symposia, seminars, and performances—fosters scholarly and artistic collaborations, and offers meeting spaces for its various affiliated members.

10/16 – IRAAS: Post-Racial Mythologies, Post Ferguson Realities

Post-Racial Mythologies, Post Ferguson Realities

Event Date:
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY 10037-1801
(212) 491-4200

Unfortunately, the August 9, 2014, the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, was not an isolated incident. Nor will the issues it raises be resolved anytime soon, if the problems of policing and police practices continue as they are today.

Join faculty, students, and affiliates of the Columbia University Institute for Research in African-American Studies in a contextual discussion of black communities, policing, and youth in the United States.

Panelist Include:
Beulah Agbabiaka
Columbia University CC’ 2015 | African-American Studies and Jazz Studies

Christina Greer
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Fordham University

Ernest Morell
Macy Professor of Education
Professor in the Department of Arts and Humanities
Director, Institute for Urban and Minority Education
Teachers College Columbia University

Rashad Robinson
Executive Director of ColorOfChange

Carla Shedd
Assistant Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies
Columbia University

Samuel K. Roberts
Columbia University
Director, Institute for Research in African-American Studies
Associate Professor of History & Sociomedical Sciences

9/30 – Columbia Connects 2014: NYC


Join the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) for this year’s Columbia Connects—bringing alumni together to share our shared Columbia experience, discover new connections, and build a stronger network of Columbians across the globe.

We hope you’ll take part in our NYC event, culminating a month of celebrations with alumni near and far. This will be a fabulous event, featuring alumni groups from across campus and connecting Columbia alumni here in the great City of New York.

Alumni, students, and guests – $15 for two drink tickets and appetizers

Check out the pictures from other Columbia Connects events, and don’t forget to share your story with other Columbians!


Join the Celebration!


10/25 – Black Alumni Homecoming 2014



Join the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and the BAC at the 2014 Black Alumni Homecoming—a celebration of culture and achievements by black alumni at Columbia.

Questions? E-mail alumni-affinity@columbia.edu.

Date: Saturday, October 25
7:30–10:30 p.m.
Location: Providence
311 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

Price in advance:
$20 students
$45 BAC members
$55 alumni and guests
Price at the door:
$30 students
$70 all others

Price includes a THREE-HOUR PREMIUM OPEN BAR, buffet dinner, music, and dancing—a $100 value!
Please note: due to Columbia’s alcohol policy, only students 21 and over may attend.

TOWN HALL: The Role of Millennials in the Aftermath of Ferguson

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NOTE: We have rescheduled our General Meeting in observance of this important event. We will distribute details on a new date and time shortly.


The Role of Millennials in the Aftermath of Ferguson


Wednesday September 17th

Columbia Law School | Room 104 | 6:30pm

Join the BAC, the Harvard Black Alumni Society of New York (HBASNY) and a Coalition of Columbia Student Organizations for a Town Hall for change.
The Town Hall will be an open forum led by a host of academics, advocacy groups, and community activists to encourage genuine dialogue and tangible action steps, while also fostering a stronger sense of community and comprehension around the issues of activism, police engagement, and change agency in a 21st century context. The evening will include an interactive panel discussion followed by breakout sessions to connect with and engage with other attendees on these issues.

Panel Participants:

  • Jeffrey Fagan, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Ekow Yankah, Professor of Law, Cardoza Law School
  • Whitney Tymas, Director of the Prosecution and Racial Justice Program, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Erica Ayala, Youth Leadership Development Associate, Children’s Defense Fund
  • Brandon Delesline, Multicultural Marketing Consultant

Town Hall Registration:




There is still time to Support A Gift For A Graduating Black Columbian

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The 2014 Black Graduation was a beautiful ceremony filled with special moments that graduates and their families will remember for a lifetime. This year we purchased custom graduation stoles for over 100 students who walked down the graduation aisle.

BAC commits to help raise the funds needed to support the stoles distributed each year and there is still time left to sponsor a proud symbol of distinction for students, which endures as cherished keepsake.

We kindly ask that you consider purchasing one or more using the link below.

Thank you for your participation.

The BAC Executive Board


$25/ 1 Stole


$100/5 Stoles

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4/1 – Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities


Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities
Date: April 1, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm EDT
Location: Rotunda, Low Memorial Library

This program will feature an address by Craig S. Wilder, Professor and Head of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Author, titled Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. The address will be followed by remarks and a panel discussion with Craig S. Wilder, and Columbia University Professors, Ansley T. Erickson, Eric Foner, and Karl Jacoby. Together they will discuss the history of slavery in New York City, the intersections of slavery and Columbia University, and issues of race at Universities in the 20th century. The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

Welcome and Introduction by:

Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University in the City of New York

Moderated by:

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University

Copies of Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities will be available for purchase in the lobby of Low Memorial Library prior to and after the program on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Courtesy of Book Culture Booksellers.

Register here

3/5 – Free Concert: The Interfaith Musical Experiance

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The Columbia University Gospel Choir & Band (CUGC) is collaborating with Pizmon to host a free concert and discussion about the relationship between music and religion. They will be joined by Columbia University Chaplin and Associate Provost Jewnel Davis.

Event Details

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 8 PM

Rennert Hall, Kraft Center
606 W. 115th Street New York, NY 10026

For more information visit the CUGC Facebook event page

The 2014 Harlem Fine Arts Show


Purchase your early bird tickets for the 2014 season of The Harlem Fine Arts Show when it returns back to Riverside Church in Harlem, New York on January 31 – February 2, 2014.

Past notable guests have included: Gayle King, Congressman and Mrs. Charles B. Rangel, Spike Lee, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, New York City and State Government Officials, Susan L. Taylor, Oprah Winfrey and many others.

HFAS 2013, sponsored by BMW North America, is one of the largest and most prestigious collections of works featuring African-American emerging and established artists from around the world. Our Martha’s Vineyard show will host more than 20 emerging and affluent artists. Our annual New York show includes more than 100 artists. Artists from past shows have included Leroy Campbell, Corinthia Peoples, Elizabeth Baez, Woodrow Nash, True African Art, and more.

Here’s the general agenda:
Thurs., Jan. 30 (6pm – 10pm) HFAS Exhibition Opening Night
Fri., January 31 (8am – 3pm) Youth Empowerment Day
Fri., January 31 (4pm – 9pm) HFAS Exhibition
Fri., January 31 (6pm – 10pm) HFAS Networking Event
Sat., Feb. 1 (10am – 2pm) HFAS Lecture Series
Sat., Feb. 1 (10am – 10pm) HFAS Exhibition
Sun., Feb. 2 (1pm – 6pm) HFAS Exhibition

Visit the Harlem Fine Arts Show website to purchase tickets.


2014 Heritage Reception Honoring Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton, M. D., M. P. H; ’73P&S, ’96PH

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Please join the BAC and the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the Columbia Club of New York as we honor our the distinguished Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton, M. D., M. P. H; ’73P&S, ’96PH for the 2014 Black Alumni Heritage Award Reception.

A celebration with wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres will follow the program. Please note, you must be 21 years and over to be served alcohol. No exceptions.

Location: Columbia University Club of New York, 15 West 43rd Street New York, NY 10036-7402


In advance: $5 students $20 BAC members $25 alumni/guests

At the door: $10 students $30 BAC members $35 alumni/guests

(includes wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres)




Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton is a double Board-certified perinatal consultant in obstetrics, gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine.  She is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Medical College in New York. Dr. Thornton is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a former Senior Oral Examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

As senior perinatologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Thornton established and developed the program for a new form of early prenatal diagnostic testing known as CVS (chorionic villus sampling).  Dr. Thornton was one of the original American investigators whose CVS results were relied upon by the FDA prior to its granting approval for the procedure.

Dr. Thornton is a member of the Association of Women Surgeons, a life member of The New York Academy of Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Her biography is presently in Who’s Who in America, Wikipedia and Who’s Who in the World.  She has been listed in The Best Doctors——New York Metro Area, as well as in New York Magazine as one of the top ten Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists in New York City.  Doctor Thornton was the first black woman in the United States to be Board-certified in High-Risk obstetrics and to be accepted into The New York Obstetrical Society.  Dr. Thornton and her husband volunteered for active military duty and she was commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy at The National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda (Hospital of The President).

Dr. Thornton was the first woman in the 165-year history of the International Platform Association to win the prestigious Daniel Webster Oratorical Competition held annually in Washington, D. C.  For many years Dr. Thornton has been an outspoken advocate on women’s health issues and was a spokesperson for The March of Dimes.  She has hosted her own television show broadcast from New York City on women’s health and has appeared on such popular television shows as “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “The TODAY Show” and “Good Morning, America”.

She is the author of the beloved national bestselling memoir, “The Ditchdigger’s Daughters”, which was first published in 1995 and has never been out of print.   Her book was also featured on the “Oprah Winfrey Show”.  This family biography is a tribute to her parents and was condensed in The Reader’s Digest, translated into 19 languages, adapted into an award-winning World Premiere Movie and nominated for the Peabody Award and the CableACE Award for Best Picture.  The American Library Association has named “The Ditchdigger’s Daughters” as one of the Best Books for Young Adults. In 2006, her book was selected as ONE BOOK New Jersey to spearhead the state’s literacy campaign.  Doctor Thornton has authored three other books: a medical text entitled, “Primary Care for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist” and two women’s health books, “Woman to Woman” and ”Inside Information for Women”.  Her highly acclaimed new memoir, “SOMETHING TO PROVE”, released in 2010, chronicles her life as a wife, mother and full-time practicing obstetrician in an academic medical center and was named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2011 New York Book Festival.

Dr. Thornton was born in New York City and raised in Long Branch, New Jersey. After graduating with honors from Monmouth College in New Jersey, she received her M. D. degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Doctor Thornton was the first American woman to be accepted into the OB/GYN residency program at The Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Maternal-Fœtal Medicine at The Sloane Hospital for Women and The Babies Hospital at ColumbiaPresbyterian Medical Center.

Dr. Thornton has been awarded several honorary doctorate degrees, most recently, the degree of Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) from Tuskegee University.  She and her husband have also received their Executive Masters (M.P.H.) degree in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University.  Dr. Thornton has been married for 40 years.  Her husband is an orthopædic surgeon and she is the mother of two children. Her daughter is a graduate of Stanford University with an M. P. H. in sociomedical science and her son, also a physician, is a cum laude graduate of Harvard University and received his M. D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

To learn more about Dr. Thornton, please visit http://www.doctorthornton.com