Wells College Welcomes Sean McLeod as Part of Its Black History Month Celebration

February 14, 2020

McLeod, an internationally renowned producer and composer, will bring his award-winning brand of motivation, hosting three events on the Wells campus in Aurora.

Wells College's Office of Student Equity and Inclusion is proud to welcome acclaimed producer, composer, vocalist and educator Sean McLeod to campus for a series of programs as part of its Black History Month celebrations. McLeod, a native of Auburn, N.Y., is an executive producer, award-winning businessperson and American choreographer whose work spans more than 30 years and across three continents.

"Wells College has specifically created this relationship with Sean McLeod and his numerous businesses in order to advance our efforts in modeling to the region and world that Wells is an inclusive community that welcomes—and supports—diverse businesses and populations," said André Lynch, coordinator of student equity and inclusion initiatives.

McLeod emphasizes these same themes throughout his work. "Inclusion is something you do on purpose, and the mechanism of inclusion is invitation," he shared in his promotional materials. "You must invite those that do not look like you and do not have the same access as you to that table of access you are sitting at, and then give them the mic."

McLeod will present his highly-praised program, "A Soundtrack for Harriet Tubman," on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall. The concert features songs, composed by McLeod, that are the foundation of "The National Harriet Tubman Freedom Festival." The concert will include music from McLeod's latest project, "The Peace Album," which fuses elements of the types of blues, jazz and gospel music Harriet Tubman loved. The concert will also feature a Q&A talkback with the audience, discussing diversity, inclusion and how we can all "celebrate what it means to be free." Admission is free and open to the public.

Later that week, McLeod will also offer a dance workshop, "Sean McLeod's Move: MT (McLeod Technique) Afro Hip-Hop," an exciting fusion of traditional African dance along with traditional jazz and street dance styles. Participation of all ages is welcome and no dance experience is necessary. The workshop will be held on Friday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. in the dance studio located on the Schwartz Athletic Center's second floor. Admission is free and all are welcome.

McLeod will also conduct an interactive lecture and Q&A, "Conversations in Color," exploring the experiences of people of color in education, corporate life and the world at large. The talk will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in the Faculty Parlors lounge in Main Building. (Please note that this event is for the Wells College community and is not open to the public.)

These events are part of the Black History Month celebration taking place this month at Wells College. Other events and activities have included an open-mic night, screening of the movie "Harriet," a master class in protest music, and the grand opening of the College's new multicultural center.

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