Black History Month 2002
And Still We Rise: Building a Millennium of Creation, Resistance & Achievement

Highlights at Foothill College

Highlights at Foothill College

Week One: February 1-9

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Friday, February 1
Talent Showcase
The Foothill College Multicultural Talent Showcase-A Tribute to African American History. This energetic show features spoken word artists, singers, dancers and musicians from Foothill College and local high schools.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Tickets: $10, general; $7, students with OwlCard; $5, advance purchase with OwlCard. To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7360.

Showcase After Party
Sponsored by the Foothill Black Student Union and Caribbean Club.
Time: 10 p.m.
Location: Campus Center
Tickets: $10, general; $5, students with OwlCard; free with Talent Showcase ticket stub. Purchase at the Student Activities Office, (650) 949-7282.

Monday, February 4
National African American Literature Read-In
Featuring Avotcja, poet and multi-percussionist, accompanied by Cash Killian on sarangi and cello, and Sandi Poindexter, violinist. Select and be prepared to read from the work of your favorite African American poet or author. Co-sponsored by National Council for Teachers of English and the Language Arts Division.
Time: 10:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Room 1500, FREE ADMISSION

Wednesday, February 6
Opening Ceremony & Celebration featuring the Housin' Authority The Dru Band, dancers, student speakers, drumming and spoken word performances will be spotlighted.
Time: Noon-1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Campus Center, FREE ADMISSION

Gallery Reception for Artist Ronnie Prosser and Billy Wilson, curator, of the Shona Sculpture Exhibit. Their work is on exhibit in Semans Library and other campus locations throughout February.
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Location: Semans Library, FREE ADMISSION

Thursday, February 7
Lecture/Demonstration (mini performance):
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
This event is designed exclusively for students in grades 5-8 and local dance programs from peninsula elementary, middle and junior high schools.
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater, FREE ADMISSION

African American History Lecture Series (Part I)
Classical African Civilizations in the Nile Valley.
The classical African civilizations in the Nile Valley represent the longest recorded history of advanced civilizations in the world. These Black civilizations produced some of the greatest achievements in world history in mathematics, astronomy, astrology, engineering, medicine and writing (slide presentation). Co-sponsored by Business & Social Sciences Division.
Lecturer: Professor Manu Ampim, M.A., African Civilizations & African American History & Culture
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Room 3525, FREE ADMISSION

Friday, February 8
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Performance
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Tickets: $25, general; $15, students with OwlCard.
To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7360. A reception follows the performance in the Campus Center.

AAHM 2 imageWeek Two: February 10-16

(Traditional Black History Week)

Tuesday, February 12
The Colored Museum [Film & Panel Discussion]
Mainstream Black theater has come a long way since George C. Wolfe's, The Colored Museum opened off-Broadway in 1979. The play consists of 11 playlets, all deflating black stereotypes in America. Three vignettes will be used as a springboard for discussion. Facilitated by Natalia Menendez, M.A., Foothill College English Instructor, and Harry Saterfield, Ph.D., Foothill College Psychology Instructor.
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Room 3525, FREE ADMISSION

Wednesday, February 13
Bridge the Gap I-A Forum on Social & Personal Responsibility, and AIDS Awareness featuring Mohammed Bilal Bilal is best recognized as one of the seven cast members of MTV's The Real World, and a member of the Hip Hop band, Midnight Voices.Co-sponsored by Minority Transfer Program (MTP), Health Services and Middle College.
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater, FREE ADMISSION

Thursday, February 14
African American History Lecture Series (Part II)
Reflections on Carter G. Woodson's, Miseducation of the Negro. What are the implications of Woodson's "Back Door" theory in the context of American higher education in the 21st century? This lecture will explore several questions, including has the back door that Woodson spoke about vanished or has it taken on new meaning in the context of what is called multiculturalism in American higher education today; is the education of the African American still a fundamental problem in America or has the African American become so integrated in American life that he/she no longer needs to be conscious of his/her history; is white supremacy an idea of the past or is it still a major socio-economic and political problem in America; and what must be done now.
Lecturer: Joseph Woolcock, Ph.D.,
Foothill College Political Science Instructor
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Room 3525, FREE ADMISSION

Friday, February 15-Monday, February 18
Presidents' Holiday Observance; campus closed.

Week Three: February 17-23

Wednesday, February 20
Bridge the Gap II -Historical Black College (HBC) Transfer Day & Step Show Historical Black Colleges have helped more students of African descent achieve educational goals on the path to professional careers than their collective predominately white counterparts. Consequently, transfer interest to these predominately southern and eastern colleges and universities has increased. Attend this event to meet HBC representatives and obtain transfer information and applications. Activities will also include a live step show featuring Black Greek organizations from local universities and other campus talent. Co-sponsored by Minority Transfer Program.
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center, FREE ADMISSION

Thursday, February 21
African American History Lecture Series (Part III)
The Questions of Reparation for the African Slave Trade This lecture will focus on the issue of reparations for the African American. Its focus is the question whether or not black people have a case to be made. In comparison, Jews continue to seek
and press their case relentlessly for reparations. Several European countries continue to pay billions of dollars in reparation for this suffering. Why then should black people not make their case and seek reparations for the harm done to them through the slave trade and slavery itself? Participate in lively discussion.
Lecturer: Joseph Woolcock, Ph.D.,
Foothill College Political Science Instructor
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Room 3525, FREE ADMISSION

Saturday, February 23
Make A Joyful Noise XIII Gospel Concert
A walk through history from Negro spirituals to Gospel. The show will feature the Foothill Gospel Choir; Triumph of the Human Spirit, a four-member ensemble of vocalists who perform a montage that explores the legacy of the African slave trade; and Another Peace, a 30-voice choir from Los Angeles.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Tickets: $10, general; $7 students OwlCard.
To purchase tickets, call: (650) 949-7360. A reception follows the performance in the Campus Center.

Week Four: February 21-28

Wednesday, February 27
4th Annual African American Achiever Awards Ceremony
Recognizing outstanding scholars, leaders and achievers of African descent at Foothill College as well as students from San Mateo and Santa Clara county high schools. The event features motivational speaker Michelle Hamilton, UC Berkeley, and Foothill College alumni. A college tour will follow.
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater,FREE ADMISSION

Celebrate AFRICA
Activities will include traditional cuisine, art, poetry, music and attire of the people of Africa. Co-sponsored and presented by Shades of Africa.
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center,FREE ADMISSION

Thursday, February 28
African American History Lecture Series (Part IV)
Education, Self-Knowledge & the Responsibility of the Student of African Descent The student of African descent has a special role and responsibility to use his/her education for not only personal achievement, but also for the advancement and development of his/her communities. This responsibility has been inherited through the long years of struggle and activism by many individuals, including numerous students as well as organizations in Black communities throughout North America. Educational opportunity and achievement have been a cornerstone of this long and beautiful collective struggle. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. challenged students and others in the Black community to improve their social conditions and become, what he called, a transformed non-conformist.
Lecturer: Professor Manu Ampim, M.A., African Civilizations & African
American History & Culture
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Room 3525, FREE ADMISSION

Additional Events & Activities

  • Art Exhibitions & Displays. For more information, call (650) 949-7218. FREE ADMISSION
  • The Shona Sculpture Exhibit features works by Nicholas Mukomeranwa, Henry Munyaradzi, Bighton Saugo, Nobel Saramuyarira, Dominic Bhenhwa, Anderson Mukomerauwa and David Mutasa. Billy Wilson is curator. This exhibit includes 40 major sculptures.
  • Works by artist Ronnie Prosser are on exhibit in the Semans Library Gallery at Foothill College throughout February.
    Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • For additional event, driving and parking information access or call (650) 949-7218.

Earn College Credit

  • Enroll in the SOSC 36 and earn one unit of transferable credit. For requirements and registration information, call (650) 949-7218.
  • PAA and PGA available for faculty and staff participation.

Foothill College 2002 African American History Month Committee

Jeanette Osborne and Kas St. Fort, co-chairs
Caritha Anderson
Rosemary Arca
Rocio Baeloin
Omar Bashir
Mary Bell
John Bostic
Nathan Bryant, III
Biomi Butts
Stanley Charlescar
Donald Cheng
Erin Clifford
Fountainetta Coleman
Tricia Davoren
Charley Dillard
Donald Dorsey
Ricky Dum
Dave Dumars
Rita Evans
Martina Fuller
Bubba Gong
Nicole Gray
Herlisa Hamp
Joyce Henderson
Warren Hurd
Robinson Jean-Marie
Felket Kahsay
Naomi Kitajima
Sima Kumari
Zuberi Loudd
Chad Martin
Natalia Menendez
Steve Mitchell
Romeo Paule
William Patterson
Melanie Pla-Richard
Netta Ro
Albert Santoso
Harry Saterfield
Yoko Seki
Daphne Small
Andrea Sturzu
Jean Thomas
Fulgence Tonfack
Dee Vance-Lee
Deaidre White
Taiam White
Ron Williams
Tivoli Williams

African American History Month events are made possible by contributions from:

Associated Students of Foothill College
Foothill College Adaptive Learning Division
Foothill College Biological & Health Sciences Division
Foothill College Business & Social Sciences Division
Foothill College Computers, Technology &
Information Systems Division
Foothill College Multicultural Relations Office
Foothill College Outreach & Retention Office
Foothill College Physical Education &
Human Performance Division
Foothill College Physical Sciences, Mathematics &
Engineering Division
Foothill College Dance Department
Foothill College Extended Opportunity Program &
Services (EOPS)
Foothill College Fine Arts Division
Foothill College Health Services Office
Foothill College Language Arts Division Office
Foothill College Minority Transfer Program
Foothill College Student Affairs & Activities Office
Alpha Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Inc.,
Rho Sigma Lambda Chapter
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Lambda Chapter
Robin Stavinsky and New Venture Marketing
Coalition of 100 Black Women, Silicon Valley Chapter
The Links Incorporated, Peninsula and San Jose Chapters
Foothill-De Anza Colleges Foundation
Peninsula Community Foundation
Pacific Bell Telephone

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