Heritage & Health Series Program
Black History Month 2021
Bold, Brilliant & Beautiful
The power of Black history established. Join in this month's heritage month events.
Check out upcoming BHM events! All will be posted soon. Visit this site for most current BHM event listings and Zoom access information. Zoom recordings below.
College Hour I: Black History Month Opening Ceremony
Let’s celebrate Black History Month (BHM) with Foothill College President Thuy, BHM Chair Moyo Ayo-Ogunyemi, EOPS Director & African American Network (ANN) April Henderson, Libation, Black Student Union (BSU), Testing & Assessment Center Specialist Fountainetta Coleman, & Foundational Forces Drummer Troupe!
Thursday, Feb. 4
Panel Presentation I: Us, As Leaders
Featuring Foothill College Black student leaders!
Film Discussion: I am Not Your Negro
Featuring I am not your Negro. Join Sociology Professor, John Fox and Equity Librarian Laura Gamez, as they facilitate a discussion on the 2016 Oscar nominated documentary, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember this House. The film explores the history of racism in the 1970s through the eyes of Baldwin and stories of civil rights leaders such as Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr.
The film is available to watch online for free.
Yoga: Unity in mind!
BLM and Mindfulness: Yoga, Meditation and Self-Love with Teacher & Trainer James Woods. Learn more about James at datyogadude.com
Tuesday, Feb. 9
Lecture Series I : The Power of the Black Voice.
Featuring Rev. Jeff Moore, President, NAACP, San Jose Chapter; member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc
Wednesday, Feb. 10
College Hour II: In Search of Representational Justice: from the Abolitionists to
the BLM Movement.
Featuring FC Art/Photography Professor Ron Herman!
Photographic images played an integral role in the creation of false narratives about people of color for the benefit of racial scientists of the 19th century. Frederick Douglass and other abolitionists recognized the power of the camera and used it as a weapon to challenge America's racism by creating images that countered the false scientific claims and racist caricatures that proliferated in the penny press. By claiming ownership of how they, as black subjects, would be represented in a photograph, their portraits and words sent a message to the world that they had as much claim to citizenship and equal rights before the law as any whites. These early social reformers laid the foundation for future human rights movements, such as Black Lives Matter, and contemporary artists exploring black exclusion to employ photography as a weapon to fight America's racism and seek representational justice through photography.
Ron Herman is an award-winning educator who empowers students through visual storytelling. He has photographed for Polo Ralph Lauren and Spiegel, and his work is included in such collections as the Fototeca de Cuba, Kinsey Institute, Snite Museum, and the South Bend Regional Museum of Art. He received his MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and has lectured on his work and digital imaging technologies at Cornell, Stanford, and Yale Universities. In 2016 he was awarded a Fulbright for research on religious diversity in Senegal, and he is currently a Fellow in Stanford University’s Global Studies (EPIC) Fellowship Program for the 2020-21 academic year.
Identity Collage Workshop
Identity Collage Workshop, Where Identity Meets Portraiture. Featuring FC Professor Cynthia Brannval!
Thursday, Feb. 11
Poetry Writing Workshop: Who Am I
Featuring Jayme Albritton!
Each participant begins each line of the poem with "I am" and then begins to describe their characteristics, identity, or anything else they'd like to share.
Black Love Is...
National African American Read In-Spoken Word/Poetry Event Featuring FC Professor Sam White.
Wednesday, Feb. 17
College Hour III: Sol Affirmations
Karega Bailey is an angel parent, a social-emotional healing practitioner, and an award-winning educator and recording artist. He is a nationally renowned Peace Advocate and the Founding Dean of Culture of Roses in Concrete Community School in Oakland, CA. He is the author of SOL Affirmations and co-founder and lead facilitator for BE-Imaginative, a transformative safe space led by a collective of artists and activists dedicated to disrupting gun violence and healing Black and Brown communities through innovative multi-dimensional storytelling. Karega’s performance, conversation and reflections derives from his affirmation book titled, SOL Affirmations.
KAREGA BAILEY, a native of Sacramento, California is a successful product of collective contributions from the Sacramento community. Mentoring services of The 100 Black Men of America, Inc (Sacramento) and the family services offered by the Center for Fathers & Families provided Mr. Bailey with the support and direction needed to succeed amidst the socioeconomic stressors. Never forgetting the message of his community, Mr. Bailey has chosen to make education his career. Mr. Bailey is a graduate of Hampton University and also acquired his Master of Education (M.Ed.) - Special Education at George Mason University. He now teaches 9th Grade Special Education in Washington D.C, with Teach for America. As an educator, Mr. Bailey emphasizes the importance of quality parenting and mentoring as it relates to reinforcing a positive self-image for students and academic achievement. While at Hampton University, Mr. Bailey served as Mr. Hampton University, and has established relationships with the Hampton Roads community to create opportunities for his peers to become involved in mentoring and improving the life chances of the at-risk youth. Additionally, Mr. Bailey is a firm supporter of enhancing the quality of education for inner city youth, particularly students in Special Education identified as Emotionally Disturbed. With an understanding that he did not achieve such success all on his own but rather, with the collective help of his community, Mr. Bailey is committed to increasing the resources available to the youth. In past summers he has led youth groups on Black College Tours and New Orleans, Louisiana Hurricane Katrina post relief efforts. Beyond the classroom and his graduate studies, Mr. Bailey offers a significant amount of experience as a motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, and as a Poet. Recognized by the Sacramento Observer as one of Sacramento’s top thirty professionals under the age of thirty (30 Under 30 Award). At age 24, Karega Bailey is an outstanding emerging scholar and will continue to have a tremendous impact on motivating today’s youth.
When Felicia Gangloff-Bailey and Karega Bailey's newborn daughter, Kamaiu, passed away last year, the couple says they became "angel parents." It's a term that exemplifies their seemingly ever-present optimism and uplifting approach to dealing with grief. This mindset is something the duo brings to their professional life as well, working as educators and restorative justice practitioners. They're also musicians, making up half of the band, Sol Development, along with Brittany Tanner and Lauren Adams.
Recently, Felicia and Karega worked to publish a book full of affirmations that can be used as a toolkit, of sorts, to give guidance to other people who are dealing with grief. The book is called Sol Affirmations.
Thursday, Feb. 18
Lecture Series II: Lecture & Artwork Presentation
Featuring FC Art History Professor Cynthia Brannvall!
Cynthia Brannvall is an art historian and a multimedia artist who teaches art history as a full time faculty member of Foothill Community College. She is a California native of African American and Swedish descent. Cynthia has undergraduate degrees in Art Practice and Art History from UC Berkeley where she was a Phi Beta Kappa and a Ronald E. McNair scholar and was awarded the Departmental Citation for her research in Art History. She has an MA in Art History from San Francisco State University with an emphasis on Modern and Contemporary art. An advocate and ally for social justice and equity, Cynthia’s artwork explores identity formation envisioned in an imagined deep time terrain of memory, reclamation, and the geographies of forced and voluntary migrations. Her artwork has been selected for juried group exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Washington DC. She has affiliation with SF Moma Artists Gallery and Chandra Cerrito Gallery.
Professor Cynthia Brannvall Bio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5uBnbIGwNU&t=13s
Friday, Feb. 19
You Are the New Ancestors
Featuring Brian “Heat” Hamlin - Inspirational Speaker Workshop. "You Are the New Ancestors" will ignite students to not only celebrate the historical and modern day icons that paved the way before them, but also challenge them to add their own unique stories of accomplishment, overcoming and social advocacy future generations will too be able to seek strength and inspiration from!
BRIAN HEAT is a dynamic inspirational speaker, educator, producer, director, publisher, and Amazon Best Selling Author with his latest book release Get Ignited: Your Blueprint for Discovering Purpose and Manifesting Dreams, who transforms audiences by infusing high-octane motivational and cinematic themes, making his presentations trajectory changing and unforgettable!
Brian’s God-given gifts to positively impact the lives of others can be experienced through his provocative keynotes, books, online content creation and ground-breaking stage performances. A phenomenal talent, Brian has shared speaking stages with former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Steve Harvey, Halle Berry, Jalen Rose, Hill Harper, and Stedman Graham just to name a few.
As an educational leader his Maryland based Diverse Male Student Initiatives program has transformed the lives of over 1,000 collegiate males in the areas of academic excellence, manhood development, and career/entrepreneurship readiness. This work can be found captured in the award winning documentary he co-produced titled “Striving for the Extraordinary,” a journey though hope and transformation.
With his profound ability to push the boundaries of inspiration, Brian continues to touch thousands of people across the country through a wide array of colleges, universities, corporate clients, non-profit organizations and sports teams.
With an uncanny Rockstar persona who maintains a finger on the pulse of pop culture, hip hop, education reform, activism, entrepreneurship and the epic journey of dreamers no matter their race, creed or background, audiences are never the same after witnessing him in action.
Transfer Options to 4-year Universities, including HBCUs
Featuring FC Counselor Cleve Freeman! Transferring to a college or university requires patience, research, and hard work. In this presentation, students will learn about their options for transferring to 4-year universities, including HBCUs. Students will also learn about the resources, activities, and services to assist them on their transfer journey. Our Transfer Center team is here to help!
For Zoom access, please RSVP with your first and last name and Foothill student ID to the Transfer Center at (email@example.com). Students will be emailed the Zoom link on the day before the presentation.
Cleve Freeman is Transfer Center Director and a Counselor at Foothill College. He has worked as a counselor for over 12 years and teaches college success courses preparing students to become competitive transfer applicants. Cleve is multicultural/bilingual (English/Spanish) and committed to helping all students meet their educational aspirations.
Lecture Series III: High Tech Worker Cooperatives: For Us, By Us
Featuring Jack Aponte! Jack Aponte is a gender/queer Black Boricua living in Oakland, California. Jack has worked at the intersection of technology and social justice since 2003. Their roles at Palante include Backdrop and Drupal site builder and developer, Civil CRM support person, project manager, and trainer on a wide range of topics.
They will present on the following topics: What are tech cooperatives? How can they provide a good career AND high-quality, affordable and sustainable services?
Jack has been involved in activism and organizing for many years, working primarily within LGBTQ and people of color organizations and communities. They serve on the board of Aspiration and the Backdrop Project Management Committee. Jack is also a writer, leftist gadfly, and casual musician.
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Panel Presentation II: Leadership as a Lifestyle
We May Be the First, But We Will Not Be the Last. Featuring FC African American Network (AAN) Panel Discussion.
Wednesday, Feb. 24
College Hour IV: Black Greek Step Show Event
Celebrating Courageous Leadership!
More Zoom Information
Lecture Series V: The Journey of a Young Artist Advocating Through Art & Action.
Born and raised in San Jose California, Tyler Gordon has been through a lot in his 14 years. He was born deaf and at the age of six, he underwent an experimental surgery and regained some of his hearing, he then had to learn to speak. This left him with a stutter, which led to bullying at school. As an artist, that struggle and adversity has shaped who he is. Read more about this amazing young artist at thetylergordon.com
Thursday, Feb. 25
Lecture Series VI: The Lost History of the 1960’s Black Education Movement
Panel discussion with Scott Lankford plus members of our local African American community!
Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers (New Trailer) - YouTube
Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers Trailer A Peralta TV Production Directed by Jeffrey Heyman Written By James Calhoun & Paul Gordon.
Friday, Feb. 26
Panel Presentation III: Black Minds Matter
Join us in a discussion led by African American Scholars about Racial Bias, Mental Health & How to create a more Inclusive Community at Foothill!
Welcome to Black Minds Matter! Be a part of a discussion led by African American scholars who will discuss how they have overcome their struggles of racial bias and mental health. Each panelist will share effective ways to deal with mental health and tips for creating a more inclusive community at Foothill. The purpose of this event is to help push for the initiative of hiring an African American therapist on campus and to help reduce the mental health stigma in the black community.
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 26-28
Theatre Arts Presents: Live Readings of "Intimate Apparel" by Lynn Nottage
- To request viewing access, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Type "Intimate Apparel Ticket" in the subject line and include your name in the body of the email, along with the date you would like access .
- Requests must be made prior to 5 p.m. of that day.
Read more about the production on our Theatre Arts website.
For a listing of all Foothill College events, see our events calendar.