Black History Month 2013: Celebrating People of African Descent Around the World

Opening ceremony march on Feb. 4 heads toward the Loker Student Union.

California State University, Dominguez Hills is commemorating Black History Month with informative and entertaining activities organized by the university’s Black History Month Coordinating Committee, which are scheduled throughout February. All events are free.



Feb. 1-28 – Library, south wing, floors 2-5 

African-American Quilts – Exquisite quilts presented by the African American Quilters of Los Angeles are on display throughout the month.

For more information, call (310) 243-2127.


Tuesday, Feb. 5, 4-5:30 p.m. – Loker Student Union Ballroom           

7th Annual CSU Dominguez Hills Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium “Celebrating People of African Descent Around the World” – A panel discussion led by Mekada Graham-Gallegan, associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Work; Timothy Chin, professor of English and Asian Pacific studies; and Joyce Germaine Watts, emeritus faculty of modern languages.

For more information, call (310) 243-3327.


Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – College of Extended and International Education, Room 1205

Lecture: “African American Centennial: Celebrate the Elders and the Ancestors of the African Diaspora” – Featured speaker Hansonia Caldwell, emeritus professor of music, will discuss the African Diaspora cultural history and the Black aesthetic. Recognition will be given to Harriet Tubman, Joe King Oliver, Margaret Bonds, Shirley Caesar, Freddie Hubbard, M.C. Hammer, McCoy Tyner, Simon Estes, Charley Pride, James Jamerson, Ben E. King, Etta James, Robert Johnson, Dinah Washington, and Whitney Houston. Resources that can be used to eliminate the practice of race exclusion from 21st century programs and curriculum will be identified.

For more information, contact the OLLI office at (310) 243-3208 or visit


Thursday, Feb. 7, 3-5 p.m. – Multicultural Center

Lecture and Discussion: “Diversity Chat on Reparations” – M. Keith Claybrook, lecturer of Africana studies and a member of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) will present information about what reparations are, the movement toward reparations by descendants of enslaved Africans, how the movement began and where it stands now. A discussion facilitated by Gina Delahoussaye, a student program coordinator for the
Multicultural Center, will immediately follow the lecture.

For more information, call (310) 243-2519.


Monday, Feb. 11, 2:30 -3:30 p.m. – Loker Student Union Ballroom

Lecture: “Performing Solidarity: Black Women Workers and the Making of an Anthem”– Featured guest speaker Shana Redmond, assistant professor of American studies and ethnicity at University of Southern California, received her combined Ph.D. in African American studies and American studies from Yale University, and has research and teaching interests in the African Diaspora, Black political culture, comparative ethnic studies, and 20th century U.S. history, social movements, labor and working-class studies. She has a forthcoming book “Anthem: Movement Cultures and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora.”

Refreshments will be served. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies, Labor Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Department of Sociology. For more information, call Ivonne Heinze-Balcazar, program coordinator for Women’s Studies, at (310) 243-3315.


Tuesday, Feb. 12, 11-3 p.m. – Loker Student Union, Palm Court

Sex-orama – Learn about safe sex practices and win prizes through fun activities and games, including a condom accessory fashion show. At noon, Tiffany Wright, stakeholder engagement coordinator of the Black AIDS Institute, will lead a workshop on “Blacks and AIDS.” Two concurrent workshops will be held at 1 p.m., “Women’s Chat” led by Tiffany Herbert, Student Health and Psychological Services psychologist, and “Men’s Chat” led by Lui Amador, associate director for the Office of Student Life.


Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. – Loker Student Union

Discussion: “Habari Gani: The Legacy of Pan Africanism in America” – The discussion on the past, present, and future of Pan Africanism, is part of a series presented by the Organization of Africana Studies, and is hosted and led by organization’s students.


Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – College of Extended and International Education, Room 1213

Screening: “Cabin in the Sky” – A classic 1940 film, starring Lena Horne, Eddie Anderson, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, was a groundbreaking production for its time because of its all African-American cast.

The event is facilitated by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) member Eula Slater. For more information, contact the OLLI office at (310) 243-3208 or visit


Thursday, Feb. 14, 4-6:45 p.m. – Loker Student Union, Room 324/325

Screening: “Besouro” (The Assailant) – An Afro-Brazilian feature film based on the life of legendary capoeira fighter “Besouro,” or “Beetle,” from Bahia, Brazil, and featuring original music by Afro-Brazilian composer and singer, Gilberto Gil, will be followed by a panel discussion led by Salim Faraji, associate professor and chair of Africana studies; Jonathon Grasse, associate professor of music; and Ericka Verba, associate professor of history.


Tuesday, Feb. 19, 4-5:30 p.m. – University Bookstore

Book Sale and Signing Party – featuring fiction and non-fiction works authored by several members of the Africana studies faculty.


Thursday, Feb. 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – College of Extended and International Education, Room 1205

Lecture: “Raising African American Youth” – Featured speaker Salim Faraji, associate professor and chair of Africana studies, co-author of “The Plan: A Guide for Women Raising African American Boys from Conception to College” (Third World Press, 2013) and its companion workbook, will explore the national statistics concerning African-American males in comparison to other racial and gender groups, and the positive plans presented by several academicians.

For more information, contact the OLLI office at (310) 243-3208 or visit



Friday, Feb. 22, 12:30 p.m. – Social and Behavioral Sciences, Room E-122

Screening: “Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius.” The film tells about Julian who was born the grandson of a slave in Montgomery, Alabama and went on to graduate with a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna, and a distinguished scientist, pioneering discoveries in the synthesis of steroids and hormones, leading to this own success as a millionaire philanthropist. Munashe Furusa, acting dean of the College of Arts and Humanities will provide opening remarks.

The event is sponsored by the CSUDH Science Society. For more information, contact Janelle at


Wednesday, February 27, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. – University Theater

Performance: “Steppin’ Ahead! Dancers Breaking Down The Color Line.” Be entertained and learn about art forms that helped break down color barriers in the United States during the early 20th century. Presented by the dance, history and music departments, and produced by Rusty Frank, a dance historian and professional choreographer, the program will feature student performances in tap and Lindy Hop dances, and choral renditions of jazz songs from the 1910s to the 1940s, as well as a screening of film clips of the era’s dances.

Phi Alpha Theta, Tau Epsilon chapter and history students conducted research for and designed historical exhibits. The program was coordinated by Doris Ressl, assistant professor and coordinator of the dance program; Sally Etcheto, professor of music; and Laura Talamante, assistant professor, history.


Thursday, Feb. 28, 12-2 p.m. – Multicultural Center

Screening: “Through the Door of No Return” – Hosted by the Multicultural Center as part of an international film series. The film is a personal journey of the filmmaker, Shirikiana Aina, who is on a search for her father’s footsteps, an ordinary African-American, who she tells, traveled to Ghana to set up a business and died as a result of Malaria and a punctured kidney. She goes to Ghana, entering through the ominous “door of no return,”—the Elmina Slave Fort, where she encounters the point of departure for millions of Africans during the African slave trade. During her journey Aina meets other “returnees” who are confronting similarly difficult pasts, and are guided on a solemn tour of slave dungeons, emerging into the light of day with a renewed sense of identity. A discussion will immediately follow the screening.

For more information, call (310) 243-2519.


Thursday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. – College of Extended and International Education

Field Trip and Tour of the California African American Museum – A group tour facilitated by OLLI member Eula Slater, and led by a museum docent will cover current and permanent exhibits, which utilize a range of imagery to explore Los Angeles’ parallel universe of places and people that served to validate and further the progression of African American art between 1940 and 1980.

Current exhibits include, “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “The Legacy of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company: More than a Business.”

The event is free, however, participants are responsible for their own transportation and parking. Plan to meet at 10:45 a.m. at the museum located at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90032.

For more information, contact the OLLI office at (310) 243-3208 or visit


Thursday, Feb. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – LaCorte Hall, A-103

A Tribute to Paul Robeson – Experience the extraordinary baritone voice of Michael Smith, assistant director of University Outreach and Information Services. In this one-man show of songs, stories and anecdotal narratives inspired by the life and career of Paul Robeson, the son of an ex-slave, who was a world-renown scholar, athlete, actor, linguist, and human rights activist speaking out against racism, discrimination and disenfranchisement during the 1940s.

The program is directed by Gordon Hunt, noted stage, television, and film director, along with musical director Byron Smith, and is sponsored by the Black Faculty and Staff Association, the California African American Political and Economic Institute, and the University Library.

For more information, call (310) 243-2899.


Thursday, Feb. 28, 6-8 p.m. – Multicultural Center

Closing Ceremony – Festivities will include a Pan-African potluck dinner, desserts, coffee and tea during “The New Brew,” an evening of poetry and artistry focused on African-American leaders who have made an impact on the world.

Sponsored by the student organization Pan African Union. For more information, call (310) 243-2519.


Schedule is subject to change without notice. For more information on Black History Month events at CSU Dominguez Hills, email M. Keith Claybrook at or call (310) 243-2155.

CSU Dominguez Hills 2013 Black History Month events are sponsored by the Black History Month Coordinating Committee, Organization of Africana Studies, Pan African Union, Black Student Union, Black Faculty and Staff Association, California African American Political and Economic Institute, Department of Africana Studies, Multicultural Center, Associated Students, Inc., International Student Services, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University Bookstore, Loker Student Union, Student Affairs, University Library, Fannie Lou Hamer Queenmother Society, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the Departments of Labor Studies, Music, Dance, History, Sociology, Women’s Studies.


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