“Believing, Building, Becoming”—those words set the theme for Black History Month at California State University, Dominguez Hills. A number of campus groups have lectures, events and/or other activities planned throughout February, the month that is nationally designated to highlight the contributions of the black people to history and culture.
Bringing them all together under one calendar is the Black History Month Coordinating Committee, comprising of faculty from the Department of Africana Studies, and students of the Pan African Union (PAU) and the Organization of Africana Studies (OAS).
According to Keith Claybrook, lecturer of Africana studies and faculty co-chair of the committee, the theme was chosen “in the spirit of progress.”
“It’s not just the history and the heritage just for the purposes of celebration, it’s the history and heritage to reflect upon as we begin to progress and move forward,” he said. “In believing, it’s something that’s not abstract, not foreign, because you know the history. … Then when you have that belief, you can begin to build. And as you begin to build then you become, both individually and collectively, what you would like to be.”
Reflecting on the significance of Black History Month, Claybrook added, “I believe that black history should be studied and celebrated every day of the year…. but there’s something to said about setting aside a select time where you know that not just you but other people will be participating in that celebration, reclaiming that history, recommitting themselves to the work and the progress that is needed. Black History Month gives us an opportunity to intensely focus on the work that has been done and needs to be done.”
Below is a listing to-date of events taking place on campus during Black History Month:
6-8 p.m., Multicultural Center, Loker Student Union suite 110
“A Night of the Arts” Black History Month Opening Ceremonies kicks off Black History Month at CSU Dominguez Hills. Organized by the Black History Month Organizing Committee and co-sponsors PAU and OAS, the evening will feature singers, dancers, cabaret artists, drumming and spoke word.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) leads a field trip to California African American Museum. Contact (310) 243-3208 for information.
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Loker Student Union
PAU and OAS presents “Representin’ the Ghetto: The Misperception of Ghetto,” a student-led discussion on the meaning of ‘ghetto’ as it relates to a person, their attitude or behaviors. The talk will be facilitated by sociology major Niombi Harris. PAU president and sociology major Royale Richardson said the idea behind the discussion is to get students to be more aware of how terms are used to represent behaviors.
1:30-3:30 p.m., Extended Education Room 1218
OLLI presents “Black Historiography and the Founders of Black History Month.” Led by associate professor of Africana studies Salim Faraji, the lecture will examines the role that African-descended peoples have played in developing the intellectual and cultural traditions of society.
4-5:30 p.m., Loker Student Union ballroom
Africana studies department presents 2012 MLK Symposium: “Where are We Now? King, Labor and Social Justice” with speakers: Salim Faraji, associate professor of Africana studies; Vivian Price, associate professor of interdisciplinary studies and coordinator of the labor studies program; Jalondra Davis, lecturer in Africana studies; and Africana studies major Darol Kay. The lecture will discuss current labor and social justice activism, most recently manifested in the Occupy Wall Street movement, in the context of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s own activism in the last years of his life.
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11:30a.m.-12:30p.m., Loker Student Union Ballroom
“Building Economically Sustainable Communities through Small Business Development,” a lecture by Aubry L. Stone, president/CEO of the California Black Chamber of Commerce and director of the California Black Chamber Foundation, presented by the California African American Political and Economic Institute. (310) 243-3389
1-2 p.m., Extended Ed Room 1217
International Education Center presents “An African American in Africa,” a presentation and discussion with senior psychology major and Ghana Study Abroad Program student Justelle Cain.
1:30-3:30 p.m. in Extended Ed room 1218
OLLI presents “African Cultural Knowledge in the U.S.: Re-imagining African-American Identities.” Led by Munashe Furusa, associate professor of Africana studies and acting associate dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, this lecture investigates the subject of African cultural identity and its formation.
5-8 p.m., Loker Student Union
PAU and OAS presents Movie Night and Discussion: “Crooklyn”
1:30-3:30 p.m., Extended Education Room 1218
OLLI presents “Celebrate the Elders and the Ancestors of The African Diaspora.” Led by emeritus professor of music Hansonia Caldwell, the lecture explores the peoples and events that make up the cultural history of the Africana Diaspora.
8 p.m. (2 p.m. Feb. 26) Edison Studio Theatre
The Department of Theatre and Dance and the New African Grove Black Theatre Program presents a production of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.” The play will benefit the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles.
5-8 p.m., Loker Student Union ballroom
PAU and OAS present Pan African Potluck and Closing Ceremonies featuring a potluck of dishes contributed by faculty, staff and students that represent the cuisine of the such places as Jamaica, Ghana, Nigeria, Haiti. The ceremonies will also include music and interaction.
As part of Black History Month, Dateline Dominguez is profiling a few of the accomplishments and contributions of African American students, faculty, alumni, and academic departments, as well as special events marking the month on campus. For more Black History Month 2012 coverage, go here.