Black History Month 2010
The Black Candle: Celebrating Black Success

Highlights at Foothill College

Monday, Feb. 1
National African American Read-In Celebration
Join more than one million readers from across the U.S. in the 22nd Annual National African American Read-In. At Foothill College, this annual event incorporates student, staff and faculty participation. You're invited to read from the works of your favorite African American poets or authors.
Time: 11 a.m.–Noon
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Evening Extravaganza
The Foothill College Middlefield Campus showcases Black History Month as well as the exciting academic and career programs, and student support services that are available at this full-service Foothill campus in Palo Alto. Free parking and refreshments.
Time: 5–7 p.m.
Location: Latino Heritage Plaza, Foothill College Middlefield Campus, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Located at the Cubberley Community Center.
Free Admission

Tuesday, Feb. 2
Foothill Author Series Featuring Oakland's Steve Jones
One of the examples featured in the Real Role Models: Successful African Americans Beyond Pop Culture anthology, Steve Jones is an award-winning graphic designer and exhibiting artist. His approach to graphic design combines the personal with the formal and functional. His interests focus on Black icons and their representation in mass media and popular culture, identity politics and public art. Jones is the principal and creative director of plantain: a design studio, in Oakland, CA. The founder of the Negro Emancipation Association (NEA), a Bay Area design collaborative, Jones is an assistant professor at San Francisco State University. He has also taught at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and California College of the Arts (CCA). He earned a B.F.A. degree in graphic design from CCA (formerly CCAC), and M.F.A. degree with honors in graphic design from RISD. The book can be purchased at the Foothill Bookstore at a 20-percent discount. There will be a book-signing immediately following the author's talk. Faculty and staff can earn PGA/PAA credit for attending. Co-sponsored by the Foothill Author's Series.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Wednesday, Feb. 3
College Hour: Black History Month Official Opening Ceremony
Get an overview of Foothill's Black History Month celebration; preview The Black Candle: The Celebration of a People, the provocative documentary by M.K. Asante and Maya Angelou; and watch a live Kwanzaa demonstration by Muata Weusi-Puryear, Ph.D. Also, enjoy a spirited performance of dance and mime by the Praise Dancers. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room
Free Admission

Thursday, Feb. 4
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Residency
Now in its 15th year, Foothill College hosts the world-renown Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) as the troupe celebrates its 33rd anniversary with its Stepping Ahead Across the Nation West Coast tour. Under the guidance of founder and artistic director Ann Williams, DBDT's mission is to create and produce dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs. This event aims to bridge cultures and reach diverse communities and audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
DBDT Lecture, Demonstration & Petite Performance Talented DBDT dancers will treat more than 1,800 middle school students to a lecture, demonstration and mini performance. Students will also tour Foothill College and eat lunch on campus. The program combines cultural and artistic expression by the dancers with the children's experience of a community college campus. Fifty Foothill students are being recruited to be mentors and tour guides. To mentor, sign up in the Student Activities Office. Time: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Location: Smithwick Theatre
Free Admission

Friday, Feb. 5
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Evening Performance
The curtain goes up on this contemporary dance company's repertoire of modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works to provide a performance filled with excitement and energy that only DBDT's dancers can deliver. A complimentary reception follows the performance in the Campus Center Dining Room.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theatre
Tickets: $25, general; $20, student with OwlCard. To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7360 or access For group rates, call (650) 949-7282.

Tuesday, Feb. 9–Thursday, Feb. 11
AIDS Awareness Week Activities
To promote awareness of AIDS, safe sex and abstinence, the Foothill College Health Services Office will give out an array of free condoms and other safe sex items and information. The office will also conduct free, confidential AIDS testing and counseling for Foothill students. Co-sponsored by the Foothill College Health Services Office.
Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Plaza
Free Admission

Tuesday, Feb. 9
Lecture Series I: Meet the Artist Reception
Meet Southern California-based artist Rosalind McGary. Her work is about beauty: The beauty of women, and the way we respond to love, loss, want and fulfillment. Her work features mixed media of intricate adornment and patterning of pieces with tiny beads of paint, rich sumi ink and gold.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 2535)
Free Admission

Wednesday, Feb. 10
College Hour: Talent Show & Valentine's Day Party
Talented students demonstrate the rich diversity of Foothill College as they vie for first place prize. Free refreshments. Co-sponsored by the Foothill Bookstore and Apple, Inc.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room
Free Admission

Thursday, Feb. 11
Student Forum: Student Success
In the spirit of Umoja and Kujichagulia, students of color will participate in an interactive conversation with campus administrators and faculty to discuss their experiences on campus and how Foothill College has shaped their plans for the future. This roundtable discussion will be moderated by Foothill's Vice President of Student Development & Instruction Rose Myers; Herlisa Hamp, dean of Student Support Programs & Services; and Foothill College English Instructor Natalia Menendez.
Time: 11–11:50 a.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Wednesday, Feb. 17
College Hour: Comedy Show Featuring Mike E. Winfield
This young, creative comic delivers material in a story-telling format that leaves you captivated. One of comedy's fastest rising stars, Winfield has been featured on Showtime's Comics Without Borders hosted by Russell Peters, BET's ComicView, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen and NBC's Last Comic Standing. Co-sponsored by the Foothill College Health Services Office.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room
Free Admission

Tuesday, Feb. 23
Lecture Series II: Are You Lost or Found? Recognizing the Wake-Up Call
Dr. Sylvester Fadal is the author of Are You Lost or Found, a personal development book. Learn how leadership, friendship, finding your passion, and embracing unexpected change may be the keys to personal transformation. According to Fadal, 62 percent of Americans are lost and in need of individual change. He is the president/CEO of Fadal & Associates, a non-profit consulting group, and professor of graduate business at the University of Phoenix's Sperling School of Business. Co-sponsored by the Student Activities Office Leadership Class.
Time: 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Wednesday, Feb. 24
College Hour: Closing Ceremony & Education Expo
Get a haircut or get your hair braided or beaded! Visit the on-campus African American education empowerment fair, where you can learn more about transfer opportunities to the country's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Also, there will be black-owned businesses displaying beautiful wares, which will be available for purchase. Co-sponsored by Foothill College Transfer Center, and Sister-to-Sister and Brother-to-Brother Clubs. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room
Free Admission

Thursday, Feb. 25
Lecture Series III: African American Literature
Jan Batiste-Adkins will discuss her research into African American literary works that were published in San Francisco's two black newspapers between 1862 and 1885. Specifically, she will discuss the history of Bay Area black communities of that time, as well as present video-recorded readings of poems and travel narratives.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Toyon Room (Room 2020)
Free Admission

Saturday, Feb. 27
Make a Joyful Noise Gospel Concert
The Foothill College Gospel Choir will take you on a journey through gospel music, from historical Negro spirituals to contemporary melodies. Witness spiritually uplifting performances by Bay Area gospel choirs and much more. A complimentary reception follows the performance in the Campus Center Dining Room.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theatre
Tickets: $15, general; $12, students; $10, student with OwlCard; $8, seniors age 62+; $5, children ages 7–12; children under age 6 admitted free. To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7360.

Free Ongoing BHM Events & Exhibits

Haitian Relief & Education Table

The Silicon Valley Red Cross has teamed up with the Foothill College EOPS Ambassadors Club to host an information and donation station in the Campus Center Dining Room. Visit the table to find out how you can help bring life-saving resources to the people of Haiti.

Pan-African City Alive! Exhibit

This cultural resource celebrates 16 years of excellence, and shares displays of artifacts that illustrate the beauty and richness of the Pan-African experience. Look for these impressive artifacts on display in the Foothill College Campus Center during February. Exhibit hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

About Beauty Exhibit

This exhibit features works by Southern California-based artist Rosalind McGary. The artist uses intricate adornment and patterning in her pieces to compel you to examine the beauty of women, and the way we respond to love, loss, want and fulfillment. About Beauty is on display throughout February in the Semans Library. Exhibit hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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