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Black History Month Campus Events Scheduled

Published: February 1, 2016

The Office of Multicultural Affairs kicks off Black History Month on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from noon to 2 p.m. at the University Student Union’s Southwest Terrace with a special performance of African griot, drum and dance. Faculty, students and staff are invited to attend.

Many other events are scheduled throughout the month, including the following:

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution weaves together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there to tell the vibrant story of a pivotal movement. This free Arts for Life screening will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

A Sense of Hope: Then and Now: This short play, by CSULB student Tahirih Moeller and produced by the student organization Up & Coming Actors, will be performed on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the University Student Union Ballroom. The play centers around three characters—poet Maya Angelou, Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton and a young rapper. After the performance, audience members will have the opportunity to talk with the actors, director and playwright to discuss both current and past events that affect the black community.

#Blackherstories: Presented by the Women’s Gender and Equity Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, this event will showcase the struggles that black women share in the fight for justice, both past and present, while centering on the power of inspiration through voice. The event will take place on Monday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the University Student Union Ballroom.

Same Love? Same Meaning? The State of Same Gender Love in the Black Community: This event will provide both a scholarly and community driven voice to the discussion of acceptance. It will be held on Monday, Feb. 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the University Student Union Beach Auditorium. A panel of professors, students and community members have been invited to share their stories in relation to navigating the intersections of their identity and ways they believe the campus community can better support black LGBTQ students.

The 17th Annual MLK Celebration, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in the University Student Union Ballroom, will feature speakers sharing their views on how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message is still prevalent today and how we may continue pushing toward the peaceful world he always desired.

Black History Experience: This event, taking place on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Speakers Platform, will highlight African philosophers, scholars, inventors, leaders, educators and activists, both on the continent of Africa and in the diaspora. It also intends to educate individuals on black people’s rich history and to broaden appreciation of their culture. This event will offer an outdoor museum and historical timeline of African history and emphasize the relationship between the continental African and Africans in the diaspora.

No Happy Color, a play written by Moeller and produced by Up & Coming Actors, is broken down into three scenes, each of which focuses on anti-black racism and benevolent racism. It will be performed on Monday, Feb. 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Players’ Theater-TA 131.

For additional information, visit the Multicultural Center’s website.