2019 Black History Month Events
A sample of offerings on CSU campuses

CFA urges faculty to take advantage of Black History Month events on our campuses. Here is a partial listing to give you a feel for the many kinds of events happening.

CSU DOMINGUEZ HILLS: A month-long series includes lectures, forums, workshops and meetings on leadership, health, dance and much more.

The series will feature Dr. Angela Davis on February 11 (4 pm in the CSUDH gymnasium) who will address “A New Generation Finding Its Voice.” Dr. Anthony Samad, Executive Director for the Mervyn Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute on the CSUDH campus has cordially invited all members of CFA to this lecture in the ‘Dymally Distinguished Speaker Series.

Also, the CSUDH CFA Chapter welcomes CFA Lead Researcher Aimee Shreck’s “Data and Demographics Tour” on Wednesday, February 6 at 2:30 pm in the Faculty Development Center. Aimee will present her demographic findings to the faculty then present at the Academic Senate.  Aimee brings the truth about the decline of faculty/students of color.

CSU LONG BEACH: The campus Office of Multicultural Affairs, in collaboration with students and faculty, offer a month of story-telling, lecture, celebration, and service. The Kick-Off was Feb 6; next up #BlackHerStories on Feb. 12, 6-8 pm at the student union.  See the full calendar or call (562) 985-7053.

CSU MONTEREY BAY: Join the campus community including CFA at the All Black Gala on February 10 at 6 pm in the campus Ballroom. This formal event will celebrate Black Hxstory and the immense diversity of Black culture and brilliance.

This year the program reflects on what lead up to the events in Ferguson, MO. Keynotes by Michael Brown Sr., Dr. David Ragland, and Marcellus Buckley (known as the Ferguson Poet).

CSU NORTHRIDGE: Librarians at Oviatt Library are hosting two panels this month, each on aspects of student safety in the CSU.

On February 21, 1-3 pm a panel discuss campus safety, particularly for Black and Brown students, after the unsolved deaths of two CSU students.The moderator Dr. Martha Escobar (Chicanx Studies) will join Charmaine Lawson, mother of murdered Humboldt State student Josiah Lawson; Black LIves Matter activist Justin Marks; and Saharra White, partner of Quinten Thomas, a CSU Northridge student who died under suspicious circumstances while in police custody at the Twin Towers last March 9.  #justice@CSU

On February 28, 2-4 pm the panel is “Empty Your Pockets, Show Me Your Papers: Building Student Trust on Campus.” Natalie Mason-Kinsey , CSUN Chief Diversity Officer) will moderate a conversation among a CSUN police officer and student activist/leaders from the Black Student Union, Chicanx Studies and CSUN Hillel. This will be and open and honest discussion about student safety on campus, in the community and the relationship between students and campus police. A reception with food and drink will follow.

CAL POLY POMONA: The African American Student Center offers a calendar of empowerment and educational events throughout this academic term.

Coming right up is BLERD week (Black-Nerd) the week of Feb.18-22. It features a luncheon and exchanges of books and podcasts on Black themes. The month culminates Feb. 28 with a talk on the experience at the nexus of being both Black and undocumented. See the full calendar.

SACRAMENTO STATE: Events are popping up on campus sponsored by various organizations, institutes and departments. Two notables are:

  • A free performance of “The Langston Hughes Project,” written by Ron McCurdy, on Thursday, February 14 in the University Union Ballroom. This multi-media concert is an homage to the struggle for artistic and social freedom that applies images to Langston Hughes’ already famous poetry.
  • Dr. Bettina Love speaks on “Hip Hop, Civics & Academic Success” on Monday, February 18, 3-4:30 pm in the University Union. The Centers for Inclusion and Diversity sponsor the education faculty member from the U. of Georgia who brings to Sacramento insights from her study about urban youth education and social justice.

CSU SAN BERNARDINO: Students and faculty report there will be free Black History Month events this month on everything from financial literacy to political realism to the politics of food.

A main event is Thursday, February 7, when the campus presents nationally recognized speaker, minister and activist, Nyle Fort, on “Race, Protest and Democracy.” The highly recommended talk is part of the Conversations on Diversity program, held 12-1:30 pm at Santos Manuel Student Union Event Center.

SAN DIEGO STATE: The Department of Africana Studies Black History Month Lecture Series, “Afrofuturism and Beyond,” presents:

  • Ajani Brown, “Futurism in Africana Studies,” February 11, Peterson Gym, room 153, 4-7 pm
  • Dr. Jennifer Williams, “Seeing our futures clearly: Afrocentrism, the gaze, and reclaiming the apocalypse,” February 24, Arts and Letters, room 101, 7 pm
  • Tamra L. Dicus, “California Censored: Queen Calafia, Ruler of California,” February 27, Arts and Letters room 101, 7 pm

Other Black History Month events at San Diego State include:

  • Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, “Afrocentric Communication Theory,” February 20, 7-9 pm, Student Union Theatre
  • Voguing 101: Serving Face, February 8, Black Resource Center Living Room, 3-5 pm
  • Voguing 101: Dips and Drops, February 22, Black Resource Center Living Room, 3-5
  • Diversity of Trauma, Negation of Physical and Emotional Trauma Experienced by Black men, February 25, Student Union Theatre, 6-9 pm

CAL POLY SAN LUIS OBISPO: As part of the university’s continuous commitment to diversity and inclusion, the College of LIberal Arts will hold the third “‘Inclusion Starts with Me’ Teach In” on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 8 am-8 pm.

Panels of Faculty across many fields will address a broad range of topics regarding inclusion, social justice, and representation in activism for change, art and film, the sciences, law, and history.

Faculty from biology, including CFA members, will discuss the controversial legacy of the biological sciences, including eugenics, militarization, and assumptions about biological race. Biology faculty also will take up the history of feminism in biology.

See the complete schedule of this intellectually stimulating special day.