In 1968, black students and their allies walked out of classes to protest the absence of a black studies curriculum at Brown. The University’s response led to the formation of the Rites and Reason Theatre in 1969 and later to the Afro-American studies program. The Department of Africana Studies kicks off a year of special events in honor of that momentous occasion with an open house, where students, faculty and the public can meet, mingle and share stories. BassPas, Churchill House, 155 Angell Street.