Black History Month Celebrations Aim to Inspire, Inform and Entertain

blackhistorymonth.jpgBlack History Month comes to life at Sonoma State University beginning Tuesday, Feb. 1. Celebratory events throughout the month will include performances, art displays, lectures, gospel choirs, comedy shows and much more.

Kicking off the festivities is an Opening Ceremony in the Stevenson Quad with the Black Scholars United club, which takes place Tuesday, Feb. 1 at noon.

Sponsorship of Black History Month events has been generously provided by Black Scholars United, the School of Social Sciences, the Multicultural Center, and Associated Student Productions.

The full schedule of events includes:

Opening Ceremony
Tuesday, Feb. 1 at noon, Stevenson Quad

Art Gallery Showcases Black History Month Art
Wednesday, Feb. 2-Thursday, Feb. 24, Multicultural Center

Film: "The Untold Story of Emmett Till"
Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., Student Union Multipurpose Room

ASP Free Bowling Night with Black Scholars United
Thursday, Feb. 3 at 10 p.m., Double Decker Lanes, Rohnert Park
Break out the Rasta colors of green, yellow and red for BSU bowling night!

Black Women's Health Forum
Monday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., Multicultural Center Lounge

"The Meeting," a one-act play
Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Ives 101
This one-act play depicts a fictitious meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Multicultural Center Tea Hour with Christina Baker
Wednesday, Feb. 9 at noon, Multicultural Center
Discussion: African Americans in film.

Film: "I am a Man: Black Masculinity in America"
Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m., Student Union Multipurpose Room

Civil Rights Re-Enactment
Thursday, Feb. 10 at noon, Stevenson Quad
Join Black Scholars United as they march against racism.

Ise Lyfe: "Is Everybody Stupid?"
Thursday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m., Ives 101
A one-man show by Ise Lyfe, one of the nation's premier spoken word artists.

Film: "Trouble the Water: Hurricane Katrina"
Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., Student Union Multipurpose Room

Francine Ramsey: "Black Lesbians Matter"
Tuesday, Feb. 15 at noon, Stevenson 1002

Soul Food Dinner
Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m., Zinfandel Cafe
A night of food and music, with special guests Afro-Cuban jazz band "Pellejo Seco."

Multicultural Center Tea Hour with Dr. Erma Jean Sims
Thursday, Feb. 17 at noon, Multicultural Center
Discussion: African Americans in education.

Jamaica Kincaid, "In a Small Place: Reading and Writing"
Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., Green Music Center

Black Comedy Jam
Thursday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m., The Pub
Laugh until it hurts with comedian Key Lewis.

Black History Month Art Gallery Reception
Friday, Feb. 18 at noon, Multicultural Center
Meet the artists!

Keynote Speaker: Michael Eric Dyson
Monday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m., Person Theatre
One of the most influential black Americans, Michael Eric Dyson will tackle the issues of race relations in America.

Closing Ceremony
Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., Cooperage
Black Scholars United closes out Black History Month with poetry, music and dance.

Freaks and Geeks, Pt. 3
Thursday, Feb. 24 at 9 p.m., The Commons
Back by popular demand! with KMEL DJ Amen.

Gospel Extravaganza
Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., Green Music Center
Featuring the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir with opener Reverend Kevin Minor and The Ministry Without Walls.

For more information about Black History Month at SSU, call the Student Union at (707) 664-2382 or visit

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