Black History Month 2004
Rejoicing What Was Given, Remembering What Was Forgotten & Regaining What Was Lost

Highlights at Foothill College

Monday, Feb. 2
African American Literature Read-In
Featuring Avotcja, poet and multi-percussionist, accompanied by Val Serrant on steel drums and djembe, and Sandy Poindexter on violin and viola. Select and be prepared to read from the work of your favorite African American poet or author. Co-sponsored by the National Council for Teachers of English, Foothill College Bookstore and Foothill Language Arts Division.
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Owls Nest Café
Free Admission

Wednesday, Feb. 4
Black History Month Opening Ceremony
Participate in the opening ceremony, hear about upcoming Black History Month events and enjoy live entertainment.
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room
Free Admission

Thursday, Feb. 5
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Lecture & Demonstration
1,800 Bay Area elementary, middle and junior high school students will attend, lunch and campus tours follow both productions.
Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Free Admission

Friday, Feb. 6
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Performance
This contemporary dance group of mixed repertory performances of modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works will return to Foothill for an evening of excellence, elegance and enjoyment. A reception follows the performance.
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Tickets: $25, general; $15 students with OwlCard. To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7360.

Tuesday, Feb. 10
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 consisted of 11 playlets, all deflating black stereotypes in America. Three vignettes will be used as a springboard for discussion. Facilitated by Foothill College Psychology Instructor Harry Saterfield, Ph..D.
Time: 11 a.m. to noon
Location: Room 3523
Free Admission

Wednesday, Feb. 11
Black Student Union (BSU) Open Mic
Join talented students as they take center stage to showcase live musical performances of hip-hop, rhythm and blues, poetry and spoken word. Co-sponsored by Foothill's BSU.
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Owls Nest Café
Free Admission

Friday, Feb. 13
6th Annual California Student Association of Community Colleges Black Caucus Leadership Conference Revolutionized Leadership: Preparing for Effective Community Advocacy
Students from across the California Community College system will learn leadership concepts to empower student leaders of African ancestry; feature successful models/practices that build community on campus or foster community outreach and involvement; and address advocacy and organizational development of Afrocentric organizations at the community college level. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and Shades of Africa. For information, call Conference Chair Louis Robinson at (650) 949-7087.

Tuesday, Feb. 17
Black History Month 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. Co-sponsored by Foothill Business & Social Sciences Division. Lecturer: Professor Manu Ampim, M.A., African Civilizations & African American History & Culture.
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Room 3525
Free Admission

Thursday, Feb. 19
Black History Month Lecture Series Part II: Analyzing the Influence of the N-Word from a Historical & Contemporary Perspective

Panel presentation, including Davey D, radio personality and journalist; Cleveland Prince, adult division supervising probation officer and Foothill alumnus; and Areeb Sa Adat, juvenile hall group supervisor, will give insight to the effects that the use of the N-word has on society, particularly the African American community from a historical and contemporary perspective.
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Room 3525
Free Admission

Friday, Feb. 20
African Odyssey

Featuring African dance, fashion, crafts, poetry, spoken word and African cuisine. Returning to Foothill as featured entertainment will be South African dance group iThemba. Co-sponsored by Shades of Africa. Tickets: $12, general; $10 students with OwlCard. To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7282.
Time: 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room

Wednesday, Feb. 25
6th 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. Following the awards program, guests will be taken on a college tour. The tours will end in the Campus Center where visiting students will have lunch. The featured speaker will be Los Altos High School teacher and Foothill Class of 1999 alumnus Michael Smith.
Time: 9 to 11 a.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater

Thursday, Feb. 26
Meet the Artist Reception: Hilda Robinson
Experience works by fine artist Hilda Robinson which are on exhibit in the Semans Library Gallery throughout February. Exhibited throughout the nation, her drawings and paintings have been described as reflecting the day-to-day realities of Black life in America.
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: Semans Library
Free Performance

Saturday, Feb. 28
Make A Joyful Noise XV Gospel Concert
Take a walk through history from Negro spirituals to Gospel. Emmanuel Baptist Church 100 Voice Mass Choir return again this year to accompany Spiritual Suite for your enjoyment. A reception follows the performance in the Campus Center.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Tickets: $ 10, general; $7 students with OwlCard. Tickets will be available at the door or to purchase tickets in advance, call (650) 949-7360.

Sponsored by the Associated Students of Foothill College. For more information call (650) 949-7282

Additional Events & Activities

  • African Art Display in the Campus Center throughout February sponsored by Pan African City Alive.
  • Works by artist Hilda Robinson are on exhibit in the Semans Library Gallery at throughout February. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Driving and parking information.
  • Tour of Light: Children of Uganda Performance; Friday, March 19; Ranging in age from 8 to 18, this 20-member award-winning dance troupe of Ugandan children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, express the human spirit through dance and song. This exuberant and powerful program tells the stories, history, legends and beliefs of East Africa. The children tour internationally to raise funds for other orphans, and increase awareness of AIDS and its impact on children. For information on group discount tickets to the performance at Stanford University Memorial Auditorium or their visit to Foothill, call Erin Clifford Ortiz at (650) 949-7060.

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