You’re Invited to the Black Advisory Committee’s Celebration of the Black Family

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Date: Friday, February 12, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom (Passcode: 828351)

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Advisory Committee Social Action Committee invites you to a special event, “Celebration of the Black Family” on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Speakers Keisha Bell, private practice attorney and former Democratic candidate for Florida State Representative, District 70; Reginald McGill, constituent relations at the City of Orlando and long-time member of the Valencia College Black Advisory Committee; and William Jefferson, administrative manager with Valencia College’s Peace and Justice Institute, will discuss representation, identity and diversity with respect to this years’ Black History Month theme, The Black Family; Representation, Identity and Diversity.

The Black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines — history, literature, the visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology and social policy. Its representation, identity and diversity have been reverenced, stereotyped and vilified from the days of slavery to our own time.

The Black family knows no single location, since family reunions and genetic-ancestry searches testify to the spread of family members across states, nations and continents. Not only are individual Black families diasporic, but Africa and the diaspora itself have been long portrayed as the Black family at large.

While the role of the Black family has been described by some as a microcosm of the entire race, its complexity as the foundation of African American life and history can be seen in numerous debates over how to represent its meaning and typicality from a historical perspective — as slave or free, as patriarchal or matriarchal/matrifocal, as single-headed or dual-headed household, or extended or nuclear, as fictive kin or blood lineage, as legal or common law, and as Black or interracial, etc.

Variation appears as well in discussions on the nature and impact of parenting, childhood, marriage, gender norms, sexuality and incarceration. The family offers a rich tapestry of images for exploring the African American past and present.

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