On March 29, at 12:00 p.m., Colgate University will present a staged reading of Black History (Histoire de nègre), performed by students, in Golden Auditorium, Little Hall. Admission is free, and a reception will immediately follow the event.
Black History (Histoire de nègre) is a collaboratively authored, participatory drama first performed on the Caribbean island of Martinique in 1971. The staged reading at Colgate is the first performance of this historically important play in English, and the world premiere of a new translation by Professor Andrew Daily of the University of Memphis, who will be a guest at the reading. Black History (Histoire de nègre) suggests an affinity between the anticolonial struggle in Martinique and the civil rights movement in the U.S. through repeated references to Malcolm X and Angela Davis, who appear not only in the text of the play but as part of its mise en scène. This dimension of Black History (Histoire de nègre) connects the play to the Colgate’s campus-wide initiative to reflect on the Freedom Summer of 1964 by highlighting one of the global reverberations of the American civil rights movement.
For more information, please e-mail Professor Christian DuComb at email@example.com or Professor Mahadevi Ramakrishnan at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can locate Little Hall using Colgate’s online interactive map.