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Otelia Cromwell Day is an annual slate of workshops, lectures, films and entertainment held to honor Smith's first African American graduate. The first Otelia Cromwell Day was held in 1989 in an effort to provide the college community with an opportunity for further education and reflection about issues of diversity and racism.

Otelia Cromwell Day 2014 was held Thursday, November 6.

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Bamidele Dancers and Drummers

The Bamidele Dancers and Drummers — art educators, composers, musicians, dancers and choreographers from Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean who are dedicated to the preservation of African and African-rooted cultures through dance, music and song — will give a free performance Tuesday, February 17. View the flyer...

2014 Recap

This year’s Otelia Cromwell Day featured a keynote address, “Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race,” by award-winning journalist Michele Norris. More...

The event also served as the premiere of the video “The Life and Legacy of Otelia Cromwell.” Watch the video...