Black History Month 2005
Celebrating & Learning from Our Roots, Nurturing Our Present, Growing Our Future

Highlights at Foothill College

Tuesday, Feb. 1
Meet the Artist Reception
Meet Marvin MacMillan, whose work is on exhibit in the Semans Library throughout February.
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Location: Semans Library, Room 3523
Free Admission


Wednesday, Feb. 2
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: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission


Thursday, Feb. 3
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Lecture & Demonstration
More than 1,800 Bay Area elementary, middle and junior high school students will see the show, take a campus tour and eat lunch on campus. For many of these students, this is their first performing arts experience.
Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Free Admission


Friday, Feb. 4
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Performance
This contemporary dance company with a repertoire of modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works returns to Foothill College for an evening of excellence and elegance. The Emmanuel Baptist Church 100 Voice Mass Choir also returns to accompany the Spiritual Suite presentation. A complimentary reception follows the performance in the Library Quad Event Tent. View promotional movie.
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Tickets: $25, general; $15 students with OwlCard. To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7360.


Monday, Feb. 7
National African American Read-In
This popular annual event features the poet and musician, Avotcja, and Modupe, a spoken word band. We invite you to 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 College Language Arts Division.
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Free Admission


Tuesday, Feb. 8
Black History Month Lecture Series Part I—Classical African Civilizations in the Nile Valley (Kush, Nubia, Egypt)
The classical African civilizations of 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: Manu Ampin, M.A., Professor of African Civilizations & African American History & Culture
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Room 3523
Free Admission


Wednesday, Feb. 9
KRS-ONE (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone) Guest Lecture
World-famous hip-hop musician, philosopher and cultural icon KRS-ONE will lecture about social and personal responsibility. Considered by many to be the greatest rapper of all time, KRS delivers his message with uncanny power and intensity. Following the lecture, the artist will answer questions from the audience. Co-sponsored by Foothill Health Services Office.
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Free Admission


Wednesday, Feb. 9
Black Student Union Open Mic
Join talented students as they take center stage to showcase live performances of hip-hop, rhythm and blues, poetry and spoken word. Co-sponsored by the Foothill College Black Student Union.
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Free Admission


Tuesday, Feb. 15
Black History Month Lecture Series Part II—Great Zimbabwe: An Almost Forgotten Story

Great Zimbabwe was a sophisticated civilization noted for its advanced building tradition, extensive trading network throughout Africa and Asia, and its political system. Learn how European colonial rulers and writers in the late 19th and 20th centuries attempted to erase the evidence and memory of Zimbabwe’s rich legacy.
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Room 3523
Free Admission


Wednesday, Feb. 16
Analyzing the Influence of the “N” Word

Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., from the University of Iowa, will give insight into the effects that the use of the “N” word has on our society, particularly the African American community, from a historical and contemporary perspective.
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Free Admission


Friday, Feb. 18
7th Annual California Student Association of Community Colleges Black Caucus Leadership Conference—Revolutionary Action: Our Call to Leadership

Students from throughout the California Community Colleges system will learn leadership concepts to empower student leaders of African ancestry. The event features successful models and best practices to build community outreach and involvement; and addresses advocacy and organizational development of Afro-centric organizations at the community college level. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and Shades of Africa. Guest speakers include Sandra Saterfield, California Community Colleges Board of Governors; Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., University of Iowa; Tony Hill, Colors Unlimited; and Dr. Todd Boyd, University of Southern California. Santa Monica College hosts the conference. For more information, call Black Caucus Conference Chairwoman Latoria Williams, (408) 298-2181 ext. 3618; or Joel Francis, (323) 353-0241.


Tuesday, Feb. 22
Black History Month Lecture Series Part III—Ancient West African Voyages to the Americas
The story of Black people in the Western Hemisphere did not begin with slavery as is widely believed. Historical records clearly indicate that West African peoples made the voyage across the Atlantic at least two centuries before Columbus.
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Room 3523
Free Performance


Wednesday, Feb. 23
7th Annual African Achievers Awards
This event recognizes the outstanding scholars, leaders and achievers of African descent from Foothill College as well as students from area high schools. The featured speaker is Dasse Watts, LLD, an alumna of Foothill College, Santa Clara University and Howard University Law School.
Time: 9 to 11 a.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Free Admission


Friday, Feb. 25
African Odyssey

This festive dinner celebration features African dance, fashion, crafts, poetry and cuisine. Proceeds benefit an African orphanage. Co-sponsored by Shades of Africa.
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Library Quad Event Tent
Tickets: $10, students with OwlCard; $12, general. To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7360


Saturday, Feb. 26
Make a Joyful Noise Gospel Concert

Continuing in the Black History Month tradition of celebrating culture, take a walk through history from Negro spirituals to Gospel melodies. A complimentary reception follows the performance in the Library Quad Event Tent.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Tickets: $8, students with OwlCard; $12, general. To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7360.



Black History Month Activities & Events are sponsored by the Associated Students of Foothill College. For more information;
  • Call—(650) 949-7282
  • Click—www.foothill.edu
  • Come In— Student Activities Office, Room 6402
Additional Events & Activities
  • Earn College Credit—Enroll in Foothill’s SOSC 36: Special Projects in Social Science lecture course to earn one unit of transferable credit. For requirements and registration information, call (650) 949-7218.
  • PAA and PGA is available for faculty and staff participation .
  • Works by artist Marvin MacMillan 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.



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