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CBE 50th Anniversary

50 | Celebrating 50 Years of the Church and the Black Experience

For 50 years, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience has been a beacon of hope and inspiration for Black students, pastors, churches, and communities. Throughout 2020, CBE will commemorate its 50th anniversary through a variety of events that will honor its past, celebrate the present, and look ahead to the future. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience has made the difficult decision to postpone the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 CBE 50th Anniversary events for the health and safety of our community, alums, and visitors. We will let you know when the events are rescheduled or if they will take place in a virtual format.

 


 

Sounds of CBE

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of CBE, a music playlist, titled Black Flourishing: Celebrating 50 Years of CBE, has been created on Spotify. Contributors to the playlist include those who appear in this special issue of Aware magazine's CBE Feature and members of the Black faculty at Garrett-Evangelical. From Nina Simone to N.W.A., we hope you enjoy this public playlist often.

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CBE Presents Looking Back, Stepping Forward A Photo Exhibition Friday, March 6, 2020

Looking Back, Stepping Forward: A Photo Exhibition

This installation seeks to capture, through photograph, more than fifty years of Black life at Garrett. Through sifting a host of archives—including seminary, university, and several private collections of key stakeholders in the life of Black Garrett—this exhibition’s curators hope to take participants on a historical journey that remembers and re-members the shoulders upon which the Center for the Church and the Black Experience's extraordinary legacy stands.

 


Past Events

 

Maya's Last Poem

Image of a smiling black woman on an orange backgroundFebruary 7, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. | Styberg Library

The Center for the Church and the Black Experience and the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theater invite you to the production, Maya’s Last Poem. The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Styberg Library. Maya’s Last Poem is a 60-minute, historical fiction performance written by Tim Rhoze that takes us into the imagined first encounter that the legendary poet, Maya Angelou, has with God, in God’s library, as they together complete her final poem. CBE is pleased to offer this production as the first event in its 50th anniversary commemorative activities.  

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A Black History Month Art Exhibition: The Work of Andrea Coleman

Art piece by Andrea ColemanFebruary 4-28 | Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

The Center for the Church and the Black Experience is excited to offer artist Andrea Coleman's gripping exhibit, "Mystified Remains." The exhibit will be on display on the 1st and 2nd floors of Garrett-Evangelical's Main Building through the month of February. 

 

 


 

Artist Talk: Andrea Coleman

Art piece by Andrea ColemanMarch 4, 2020 | 5:30 p.m. | Loder Hall, 1st Floor

The Center for the Church and the Black Experience is hosting an artist talk with Andrea Coleman on March 4th. Join us for an opportunity to hear from Coleman to discuss her power explorations of Black life and Black art. Coleman's art exhibit, “Mystified Remains,” is currently on display on the 1st and 2nd floors of Garrett-Evangelical's Main Building.

 
 

 

Looking Back, Stepping Forward: A Photo Exhibition

CBE Presents Looking Back, Stepping Forward A Photo Exhibition Friday, March 6, 2020March 6, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. | Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful

This installation seeks to capture, through photograph, more than fifty years of Black life at Garrett. Through sifting a host of archives—including seminary, university, and several private collections of key stakeholders in the life of Black Garrett—this exhibition’s curators hope to take participants on a historical journey that remembers and re-members the shoulders upon which the Center for the Church and the Black Experience's extraordinary legacy stands. The March 6th opening will include a roundtable conversation with Black alums, a live DJ, food, and a preview of special historical artifacts that will not be on public display. The exhibition will remain on display through the month of March.

The exhibit will remain on display throughout the month of March.

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