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Coppin State University Black History Month 2021. The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity

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, as 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.

- Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Calendar of Events

Activities are co-sponsored by the Academic Affairs Division and the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs in conjunction with the African American History Month Committee.

1 Feb 2021
Kickoff Event

Celebrating the Black Family featuring Coppin's First Family

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

To kick off the month’s activities, we will be interviewing our first family, "The Jenkins Family," to hear their perspective on various aspects of family life. Join us for this revealing experience.

The interview will be conducted by Dr. Errol Bolden, Professor in the Department of Social Work. Stay tuned immediately following the event for Monday Mindful Meditation conducted by Dr. Vanessa Jackson.

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1 Feb 2021
Kickoff Event

Monday Mindful Meditation

12:00 PM (Immediately following Coppin's First Family interview)

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of living in the present moment without judgments and criticism of self and others. Meditation infuses deep breathing techniques used to calm the mind and comfort the soul, release stress, and improve total wellbeing. No experience is needed to participate.

Taught by Dr. Vanessa L. Jackson, Associate Professor of Dance. Co-sponsored by the Humanities Department, Visual and Performing Arts and Dance programs, and Mindful Living 4 Life.

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5 Feb 2021
Guest Presentation

The Impact of Health and Disease on the Family: Protective Steps

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

There are opportunities for families to stay healthy and there are also threats that place our health at risk. Protecting health is critical to wellbeing and to thriving families. This presentation by Dr. Noel Brathwaite, Director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities in the Maryland Department of Health, will highlight actions to avoid risks and to thrive in these uncertain times.

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For information, please contact Dr. Errol Bolden at

About the Speaker

Dr. Noel Brathwaite is a change leader and serves as Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD), Maryland Department of Health (MDH) . Some of his other experiences Include leadership positions with Florida Department of Health; the University of Miami School of Medicine, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer center; at Morehouse School of Medicine International and Public Health Program; and as Director of Research and Graduate Studies in Trinidad. Originally from the Caribbean, Dr. Brathwaite’s research interests include disparities related to geography and lifestyle; premature mortality in small island developing states; and equity in health care systems. He has published a number of articles in peer review journals and a chapter in a Seminal book edited by Dr. Thomas LaVeist. He has a Master’s degree from Loma Linda University in California; earned a Doctorate from the University of Maryland; and pursued Postdoctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University and also at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health,(CAMH) affiliated with the University of Toronto, Canada.

9 Feb 2021
Fireside Chat

The Modern Family

8:30 PM

This is a fireside chat with students about what the "Modern Family" means to them. This session will be led by Ms. Desiré Jones, a Junior English major and secretary of the Student Activities Programming Board (SAPB).

9 Feb 2021
Guest Presentation

The Black Experience as Experienced through Mainstream Media

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

This timely presentation draws on American, African American, and media history to reflect on how the African American experience is experienced through the lens of white-dominated mainstream media. Starting in the 1930s, the presentation provides a thorough analysis and overview of black images so that audience members will be able to see consistent patterns when it comes to black symbology in media and ultimately judge whether mainstream race relations have truly changed substantively or only superficially over time.

For information, please contact Dr. Errol Bolden at

About the Speaker

Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. (PhD, Georgetown University) is an Associate Professor within the Honors College at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. Gooding critically analyzes race within mainstream media, effectively contextualizing problematic patterns based upon their historical roots. As such, Gooding’s best-known work thus far is “You Mean, There’s RACE in My Movie? The Complete Guide to Understanding Race in Mainstream Hollywood,” which has been utilized in high schools and universities nationwide. Also the co-editor of “Stories from the Front of the Room: How Higher Education Faculty Overcome Challenges and Thrive in the Academy,” Gooding has stayed focused on the practical applications of equity with his 2018 book, “American Dream Deferred” carefully detailing the growth and struggles of black federal workers in the postwar era. His latest work, “Black Oscar” (May 2020), expands his reach into cultural studies by analyzing African American Academy Award winners and how their narratives reflect and reinforce larger American history.

10 Feb 2021
Interactive Workshop

Cooking with Chef Ross

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Theme: Family Healthy Options

Join us as we cook with Chef Sequoia Ross a native of Richmond, Virginia with over 20 years of experience. This an online virtual experience, allowing CSU faculty, staff, students, and alumni participation from any location. Chef Ross will lead you through a healthy cultural and appetizing experience of food that is an important part of African American culture. Food operates as an expression of identity.

For information, please contact Dr. Yolanda Savoy at

About Chef Ross

Chef Ross is the founder of Favour Cookies Company. After turning to plant-based eating and unable to find vegan cookie dough that was both edible and bakeable, she created her own. Favour Cookie Company creates craft, frozen cookie dough to satisfy ANY sweets craving.

Cook alongside Chef Ross: Recipes

Vegan Butternut Mac & Cheese


  • 3 cups butternut squash (about 12 oz), peeled, seeds removed and cubed or 1 can (14oz)
  • 12 – 16 oz. pasta (elbow, shells, penne, ect.)
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast (see notes), to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dijon
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/ 2 – 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, to taste
  • 1 small lemon, juice of (or 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 cups water, vegetable broth, or combo, plus more as needed
  • mineral salt & pepper, to taste

Sweet Potato and Kale Soup


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (or use your favorites)
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil or 1/4 cup water (for water saute)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (15 oz) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed or 3 cups cooked
  • small handful sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 – 5 cups vegetable broth or water (or combo)
  • 2 teaspoons herbes de provence or thyme
  • 3 or 4 handfuls kale, chopped (I used tuscan)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • mineral salt & fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Vegan Potato Salad


  • 2 1/2 lbs. yukon gold potatoes (red or white is great too)
  • 1/2 cup celery (some leaves ok), diced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup green onions (green parts only), diced
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup dill or sweet relish or finely chopped pickles, optional

Potato Salad Dressing


  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup vegan mayo
  • 1 heaping tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or juice of 1/2 lemon, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground celery seed
  • mineral salt & fresh cracked pepper, to taste
11 Feb 2021
Guest Lecture

A Strong Family Creates A Strong Legacy

11:00 AM

Please join us for the 24th annual Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lecture with a presentation by Mr. Robert Stewart, Acting Superintendent at Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument.

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For information, please contact Dr. Abena Lewis-Mhoon at

About the Speaker

From an early age, Baltimore-native Robert J. Stewart has had an interest in military and social history and how it relates to the world that we live in today. Robert attended Coppin State University, majoring in the study of History with a concentration in the Secondary Education. He took his passion for history into the classroom, working for several years with at-risk and as a behavioral support counselor for children who are affected by autism.

Robert went on to earn a master’s degree in Human Services Administration with a concentration in Special Education from the University of Baltimore and Coppin State University's collaborative program. During this time, he began working as a National Park Service (NPS) Seasonal Ranger at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Hampton National Historic Site, where he focused on sharing the untold story of African Americans who fought during the War of 1812 and lived in the Maryland before emancipation.

After working in Maryland for several years, Robert was assigned to the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, and the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail where he served as a park ranger and later as the acting Chief of Interpretation, Education and Resource Management for all three sites.

Robert later became the first Chief of Interpretation and Education of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument (CHYO) in Wilberforce, OH, which was created in 2013 and is the 401st national park site. While in this position Robert has developed outreach programs, educational exhibits, and distance learning programs he also served as the agreements technical representative for the site. Recently Robert was promoted to the Superintendent position at CHYO and is responsible for the overall growth, development and implementation of the site's goals and objectives.

Robert is a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and Phi Gamma Mu Social Sciences Honor Society, Black Pilots of America, as well as various other organizations and programs.

12 Feb 2021

A New Vision for Black Entrepreneurship: Know the Past...Design the Future

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

For information, please contact Dr. Ronald Williams at

About the Event

Our nation has reached a new inflection point along its troubled racial and economic justice history. As we face the challenge of rebuilding the economy following a devastating global pandemic, we are also facing a destructive resurgence of White supremacy, violence against people of color, and widening wealth disparities. Failing to address the social and economic implications of strained race relations is an unstainable path, especially at a time when there is an overwhelming need to maximize entrepreneurial output and potential.

This one-hour webinar will examine the role of Black Americans in the emergence of a new global economy. The session will also provide a new starting point for discussing solutions-oriented approaches to social and economic justice by extending the analysis beyond the demand for cheap labor that resulted in 12.5 million Africans being shipped to enslavement in Western Hemisphere. The session will include a review of Black entrepreneurship in the context of global history, modern capitalism, and the emerging 21st Century economy.

We will:

  • Describe entrepreneurship in the context of human history
  • Discuss the African origins of trade
  • Explain the beginning of zero-sum relational economics
  • Describe the present in the context of 600 years
  • Examine the statistical realities
  • Describe the entrepreneurial skills required in the future and the role of Black institutions

About the Speaker

Ronald C. Williams, Ph.D. has 35 years of higher education experience. Spending the past 25 years as a faculty member of the Coppin State University (CSU) College of Business, he also served as interim dean from 2013 until 2017. He is currently conducting research to develop a trust framework for collaborative economic development and serves as the founding director of the CSU Center for Strategic Entrepreneurship.

16 Feb 2021

Black Families in Baltimore City

5:30 PM

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott guest lectures in the Black Experience course.

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For information, please contact Dr. Errol Bolden at

16 Feb 2021
Interactive Workshop

Soul Yoga Dance

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Yoga is a non-aggressive physical activity that enhances and elevates your total well-being. This workshop combines basic yoga and dance motion performed with relaxing soul music. A perfect blend of yoga and dance! The intention of the workshop is to release stress and relax the mind and body. No prior experience required.

Taught by Dr. Vanessa L. Jackson, Associate Professor of Dance. Co-sponsored by the Humanities Department, Visual and Performing Arts and Dance programs, and Mindful Living 4 Life.

For information, please contact Dr. Vanessa Jackson at

19 Feb 2021
Essay Contest

Black History Month Essay Contest "What Black Means to Me"

Coppin students, email your 800 - 1200 word essay on the topic "What Black Means to Me" to by 12:00 p.m. on February 19, 2021. Three winners will receive a Black History Month prize pack.

22 Feb 2021
Interactive Activity

Scavenger Hunt

8:00 PM

Coppin students, check your Coppin email for the Teams invitation to join this event online.

24 Feb 2021
Interactive Workshop

Coppin Chopped Cook-Off

7:00 PM

Join us for a Coppin Chopped cook-off with Chef Sequoia Ross, founder of Favour Cookies Company.

  • Register to be a student participant in the COPPIN CHOPPED FAMILY CHALLENGE
  • Registration will be held from January 25thto February 14th. Click Here to Register
  • Student will receive login information for virtual challenge 24 hours before the event
  • Each student will receive a basket of food items that will contain fruit/vegetable, protein, grain and a “surprise item.” Students will have 24 hours to retrieve basket of items.
  • Students will receive an apron courtesy of Chef Ross, that must be worn during the live session
  • Students will be provided a selfie stick to assist with live demonstration
  • Students will be challenged to create a healthy, nutritious meals with the items in their basket. They will be able to use 1 additional item in their home, approved by Chef Ross, (ex: spinach, pasta, mushrooms, etc).
  • Students must be able to prepare a dish in 30-40 minutes.
  • Student should be prepared to plate their meal, to talk about their dish and the reason this dish is a healthy family meal choice.
  • This will be a live demonstration.

For information, please contact Dr. Yolanda Savoy at

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About Chef Ross

Founder and classically trained chef, Sequoia Ross, has more than 20 years of kitchen experience. After turning to plant-based eating and unable to find vegan cookie dough that was both edible and bakeable, she created her own. Favour Cookie Company ( creates craft, frozen vegan cookie dough to satisfy ANY sweets craving. Chef Ross has spent most of her career teaching cooking methods and healthier variations of classic recipes. She is an advocate of promoting "fresh & clean" eating and expanding palates! Cooking is her passion.

25 Feb 2021

Recapturing the Joy of the Black Family: Courageous Celebration of Diversity, Identity, and Mastery (DIM)

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join in for a presentation by Dr. Sheryl Bissett Chapman, Executive Director for the National Center for Children and Families.

For information, please contact Dr. Errol Bolden at or Dr. Claudia Thorne at

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About the Speaker

Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman, a passionate advocate and internationally recognized expert in child and family welfare, has served as Executive Director, The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) since 1991, leading the provision of comprehensive and model services through 21 evidence informed programs to over 50,000 children, youth and families, in the National Capital Region. Earlier she served as Associate Director, Clinical Services, Research, and Administration, Division of Child Protection, Children’s National Medical Center and as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She was the founding Director of Training for the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), providing national and international consultation and training across both public and private sectors. As adjunct Associate Professor, Howard University School of Social Work, for over 30 years, Dr. Chapman taught a year-long family and child welfare course to over 800 graduate students. Dr. Chapman publishes and presents nationally on a wide range of topics including juvenile justice, systems reform, poverty and homelessness, childhood trauma, domestic violence, cultural competency, and ethics. Currently, she is lead editor for an upcoming NASW Press book, reflecting NCCF’s cutting edge research on 200 Black male adolescents removed from their birth families and placed in the care of public systems.

Dr. Chapman received her B.A. degree at Brown University, where she is now Trustee Emerita. She obtained her M.S.W. degree from the University of Connecticut. She later completed a Master’s degree and a Doctorate in Education, Administration, Planning, and Social Policy at Harvard University. Dr. Chapman received a pre-doctoral Bush Fellowship from Yale University in Public Policy and Child Development, under Dr. Edward Zigler, and a Certificate in Non-Profit Executive Management from the Stanford School of Business. She facilitated the development of the first formal child protection system in the Pacific Basin and presented on culture at the first national conference on child abuse in Israel.

Dr. Chapman has received numerous awards and recognitions, while serving on several boards, associations, and task forces, such as the African American Advisory Group for Montgomery County Executives Leggett and Ehrlich, Maryland NonProfit, Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth (MARFY), Congressional Research Institute on Social Work and Policy (CRISP), Inman Page Black Alumni Council for Brown University (IPC), National Board of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated, to name a few. Chapman received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in 2005, and served on the second Jerry M. Consent Decree Panel for the DC Superior Court, where her research led to programmatic redesign of the juvenile justice system. In 2019, Brown University conferred an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to her in recognition of her achievements as an advocate and nonprofit innovator. Brown also recognized her earlier with the John Hope Award for Public Service.

Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman, an adoptive and biological parent of five and a grandparent, resides with her husband, Mamadou Abdoulaye Seck, in Downtown Silver Spring and in Ngor-Almadies, Dakar, Senegal.

26 Feb 2021

Honoring African American Military Legends

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Celebrating WWII Military Legends

Join in our celebration as we honor and highlight the contributions of Maryland centenarian veterans.

For information, please contact Ms. Jennifer Harris at or Dr. Errol Bolden at

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26 Feb 2021

History of Vaccine Hesitation

2:00 PM

The Coppin State University College of Health Professions presents a discussion on vaccinations, hesitancy, mistrust, COVID-19, access, and the black family.

Or call in (audio only)
+1 443-961-1398,110635700#
Phone Conference ID: 110 635 700#


Danita Tolson, EdD/CI, MSN, RN, SLOAN-C
Baccalaureate Nursing Education Chairperson

Denyce Watties-Daniels, DNP, RN, OLC-C
Associate Professor
Simulation and Learning Resource Centers Coordinator
Assessment and Remediation Coordinator

Jennifer Pope, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Assistant Professor

26 Feb 2021
Interactive Workshop

Dance Master Class: Katherine Dunham and Lester Horton, the Synergy of Dance Philosophies

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Horton and Dunham intermediate level dance technique class for dancers with some movement experience. Come prepared to move and experience the richness of these dance forms. Dr. Sherrod will also lecture on the history of these celebrated Black artists and significance of their work in American culture.

With guest artist Dr. Gaynell Sherrod, Associate Professor in the Department of Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University. Co-sponsored by The Humanities Department, Visual and Performing Arts and Dance programs.

For information, please contact Dr. Vanessa Jackson at

About the Artist

Dr. E. Gaynell Sherrod began training with Kariamu Welsh Asante and (the late) Pearl Reynolds, studying African-derived dance forms and the Dunham technique. Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Psychology, she joined the dance faculty at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, and subsequently pursued a career in dance performance. She joined the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco), under the direction of Joan Meyers Brown and other acclaimed teachers and choreographers. After 15 years of performing, touring and teaching with such groups as PHILADANCO and URBAN BUSH WOMEN, Inc., she earned a M.Ed. in dance education and an Ed.D. in dance pedagogy and permative theory from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2007 she was the recipient of the Temple University Alumni Fellow Award.

Dr. Sherrod is a Fulbright-Hayes scholar wherein she traveled throughout Brazil to study African-derived spiritual dance forms. Her artistic and theoretical works are steeped in the pedagogy of dance, music and theater out of the African Diaspora cultural traditions. She has taught at Florida A&M University (FAMU) and New Jersey City University, and at New York University as an adjunct professor. As the Director of Dance Education for New York City public schools (2000-2003), she designed and implemented professional training initiatives for dance educators, teaching artists and classroom teachers. Most notably she founded and directed the New York City Department of Education Dance Institute: Based on the Katherine Dunham Model, for which she was awarded a DANA Foundation Grant. From August 2019-August 2020, Sherrod served as the Interim Executive Director of the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHLADANCO!), a position funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Trust. Dr. Sherrod is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.