Black History Month 2009
Yes, We Have, We Can & Yes, We Will!

Highlights at Foothill College

Tuesday, Feb. 3
National African American Read-In
Join more than one million readers from across the nation in the 20th Annual National African American Read-In. At Foothill, this annual event features poet and musician Avotcja, and members of her band, Modupe. You’re invited to read from the works of your favorite African American poets or authors. Co-sponsored by the National Council for Teachers of English, Foothill College Language Arts Division and Foothill Bookstore.
Time: 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room
Free Admission

Wednesday, Feb. 4
College Hour: Black History Month Official Opening Ceremony
Student speakers will present an overview of Foothill’s Black History Month celebration. At the start of any function, it’s customary in African tradition to publicly acknowledge the wisdom of our ancestors in whose footprints we stand today. Thus, we pour libation, which will be done by Anyika Nkululeko and the live drumming of Jaliya. Jaliya’s format is modeled after a 13th century Malian tradition in which members of the court served as the messengers, story tellers, historians and praise singers in the Malian Empire, which encompassed Mali, West Africa. Jaliya’s musicians use percussive instruments to accompany the citing of historical and current events, myths and proverbs. The event also includes performances by Foothill students. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room
Free Admission

Thursday, Feb. 5
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Residency
For the 14th year, Foothill College hosts the world-renown Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) as the troupe celebrates its 32nd 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 that 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 mini performance and artists’ notes. Students will also tour Foothill College and eat lunch on campus. The program combines cultural and artistic expression by the dancers, and the children’s experience of a community college campus. Time: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Location: Smithwick Theatre
Free Admission

Thursday, Feb. 5
Foothill Author Series Featuring Richard Thompson Ford
Author Richard Thompson Ford will present a reading from his book, The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse, followed by a book-signing session. Learn what Hurricane Katrina victims waiting for federal disaster relief, millionaire rappers buying vintage champagne, Ivy League professors waiting for taxis, and ghetto hustlers trying to find steady income have in common. Ford postulates that all have claimed to be victims of racism. “These days, almost no one openly expresses racist beliefs or defends bigoted motives. So lots of people are victims of bigotry, but no one’s a bigot? What gives? Either a lot of people are lying about their true beliefs and motivations, or a lot of people are jumping to unwarranted conclusions–or just playing the race card,” Ford says. The Stanford University law professor cuts to the meat of the race subject. He is a phenomenal writer with thoughts and ideas that need to be heard. Ford’s book is available for purchase at a 20-percent discount at the campus bookstore. Co-sponsored by the Foothill College President’s Office.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Thursday, Feb. 5
Meet the Artist Reception
Meet local artist Roberta McClinton whose art is expressed in her handmade quilts. Her beautiful quilts tell the history and culture of African Americans in an unforgettable way. Some quilts were used by slaves to communicate directions and hiding places during their flights to freedom. Others were used to reflect African American culture, artwork, perspectives and interest. Free refreshments.
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission

Friday, Feb. 6
Meet the Artist Reception
Meet local artist Roberta McClinton whose art is expressed in her handmade quilts. Her beautiful quilts tell the history and culture of African Americans in an unforgettable way. Some quilts were used by slaves to communicate directions and hiding places during their flights to freedom. Others were used to reflect African American culture, artwork, perspectives and interest. Free refreshments.
Time: 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission

Friday, Feb. 6
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 the excitement and energy that only DBDT can deliver. A complimentary reception follows the performance in the Campus Center Dining Room.
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theatre
Tickets: $25, general; $15, students with OwlCard. To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7360 or access www.foothill.edu/fa. For group rates, call (650) 949-7282.

Tuesday & Wednesday, Feb. 10–11
AIDS Awareness Week Activities Synopsis
To promote awareness of AIDS and safe sex, 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

Wednesday, Feb. 11
College Hour: Pursue Your Passion, People!
You can make a difference in this world. Listen as Kirk Nugent discusses the role of students in society. As a catalyst for change, challenging preconceived notions about success and self-actualization, and a former community college student, he understands and identifies with the problems encountered by students on a daily basis. You may have seen Nugent hosting shows on Black Entertainment Television (BET) and Def Jam Comics, but you’ve never seen him in this form–provocative and gripping. From social and personal responsibility, AIDS, safe sex, drugs and alcohol, politics and pop-culture trends, this provocative poet and motivational speaker will touch your sense of self-worth, personal responsibility and passion for life. Free refreshments. Co-Sponsored by the Foothill College Health Services Office.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room
Free Admission

Thursday, Feb. 12
Black Agency: Individual Achievement, Black Cultural Progress
Within all of us are many identities. The trick is to figure out which one of our many selves needs to be front and center at a particular moment. In this workshop, Alonso Jones and Lasana Hotep explore contemporary forces that shape the values and priorities of young people, and examine how college students can best position themselves as decision-makers. Themes addressed in this presentation include a historical timeline of major periods impacting black life, a matrix exercise dissecting our many identities, and the ever-important role you play as a college student in continuing the progress of our beautiful cultural community. Jones is the multicultural student services director at Arizona State University. Hotep is a researcher, consultant and engineer.
Time: 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)

Friday & Saturday, Feb. 13-14
11th Annual California Student Association of Community Colleges Black Caucus Leadership Conference
Foothill students are encouraged to focus on leadership skill development with Foothill’s Black Student Union by participating in this two-day conference. Students from across the California Community College System will explore leadership concepts that empower student leaders of African ancestry; discuss successful models/practices that build community outreach and involvement; and address advocacy and organizational development of Afrocentric organizations at the community-college level.
Contact: LaDonya Jackson, Foothill College; (408) 876-3186
Location: Foothill College [www.foothill.edu]

Feb. 13 & 16
Presidents’ Days Holiday Observances
Campus closed; classes do not meet.

Wednesday, Feb. 18
College Hour: Talent Show
Talented Foothill students demonstrate the richness and diversity of African American culture. Several Foothill groups will showcase their talents, including the Black Student Union, Brother to Brother, Shades of Africa and Hip-Hop Club.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Thursday, Feb. 19
African American Literature
Jan Batiste-Adkins will discuss the findings of her research into African American literary works published in San Francisco’s two Black newspapers during 1862–1885. Her lecture will address the cultural, social and political issues that influenced the literary expressions of poetry, biographical narratives, short stories and didactic essays. She will also read selected works that represent the body of literary work documented in her research.
Time: 10–11 a.m. & 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Tuesday, Feb. 24
Are You Lost or Found? Recognizing the Wake-Up Call
Dr. Sylvester Fadal is the author of Are You Lost or Found, a remarkable personal development book. Learn how leadership, friendship, finding your passion and embracing unwanted change might 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.
Time: 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge (Room 2313)
Free Admission

Wednesday, Feb. 25
College Hour: 11th Annual African Achievers Awards
The Achiever Awards recognize the outstanding academic achievement, leadership and service of graduating and/or transferring Foothill College students of African ancestry.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201)
Free Admission

Saturday, Feb. 28
Make a Joyful Noise Gospel Concert
Celebrate with the Foothill College Gospel Choir as you journey through gospel music from its history of 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: 7 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201)
Free Admission

Ongoing Art Exhibitions & Displays
Quilts of African American History! Exhibit
The exhibit features Roberta McClinton’s handmade masterpieces, which weave the history of African Americans in each strand. The exhibit is on display throughout February in the Foothill College Campus Center. Admission is free. Exhibit hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (650) 949-7282 or e-mail DavorenTricia@foothill.edu.

For additional event, driving and parking information, access www.foothill.edu, e-mail DavorenTricia@foothill.edu or call (650) 949-7282.



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