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UCSD celebrates Black History Month

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February is Black History Month and UCSD in La Jolla is wasting no time in celebrating the history and accomplishments of African-Americans. More specifically, USCD is directing attention to the heroic acts of African-American women, naming 2012’s theme “Black Women in American History: Our History, Our Journey, Our Legacy.” Throughout history woman are rarely given credit for the fantastic strides they’ve made and black women are given even less credit. USCD is striving to show the global impact these women have made through their achievements in everything from politics to art.

The events began on Feb. 1 with an open mic event, welcoming people to perform whatever they like, and closes with a presentation on research and its contribution to the black community by the UCSD faculty.

Check out the full list of important and fascinating events and make sure to save the dates!

Ongoing Throughout February

Stitching Memories: The Story of African American Quilting

Hit the Social Sciences and Humanities Library to experience a gorgeous showcase of quilts made by local African American quilters. Created from new, reused, reclaimed, and found materials, these quilts are incorporate traditional and modern styles, telling stories of past, current, and future histories.

Art Displays: Black Girl Problems

Hosted on the LGBT Resources Center Gallery Wall, this display will bring to light problems that many black women experience, including experiences that are very specific to gay black women in the San Diego community.

Queer Black Fashion: Now and Then

Also featured on the LGBT Resources Center Gallery Wall is an intriguing look at fashion’s ability to transcend the politics of gender presentation, all seen through photographs and the written word.

Feb. 1

“The Magic Lantern” Exhibit

This exhibit showcases early magic lanterns and their place in African Diaspora, celebrating their historical significance in raising awareness.

BSU’s Black History Month Opener – Open Mic Event

To officially kick off the celebrations, the BSU is hosting an open mic session, allowing anyone to sing, rap, perform poetry, monologues, or dance.

Feb. 3

Gender Buffet Facilitated Dialogue: Black Women Scholars

UCSD’s Women’s Center will be hosting an open discourse allowing anyone to discuss black women’s contributions to academia and activism.

Feb. 7

Film: “The Help”

If you’re one of the few people who haven’t seen “The Help” yet, or just want to see the fantastic film again, make sure to attend a screening at Price Center Theater at 6 p.m. An important film, “The Help” is about the ongoing struggle with race, class, gender, and friendship that black women went through in the pre-Civil Rights South.

Feb. 8

Annual Black History Luncheon

Plaza Café is hosting the 15th Annual HDH Black Hisory Luncheon at 11 a.m.

Afro Theater

A relaxing and engaging few hours, Afro Theater is giving the chance to chat with Black Student Union members and with other students.

Feb. 9

Brown Sugar Blues

A performance group comprised of three singers (Jasmine Bradley, Stephanie Mahan, and Qiana Neff), bass player Robert Johnson, conga player Mark Jennings, spoken word artist Nadiyah Gipson, and pianist Gail Gipson, Brown Sugar Blues make use of music and spoken word to entertain and bring joy.

Feb. 13

Queer Black Social

Located in the LGBT Resource Center, the Queer Black Social will be in honor of Black Love Day. The event will focus on wellness, emotional healing and justice.

Feb. 15

Stitching Memories. The Story of African American Quilting: Quilt Show, Reception and Panel Discussion

Hosted in the Geisel Library Seuss Room, the show will be joined by members of the San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild.

Feb. 16

Film Screening of Discussion of “Winnie”

“Winnie” is a story of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela. Controversy surrounds the film due to the choice to not consult with Winnie Mandela, and the choice to cast American actors in the leading roles (Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard star in the film).

Elevated Nights

Taking place at the Eveoke Dance Theater, Elevated is a spoken word club where San Diego’s black community comes to talk about positive and negative influences affecting communities of color.

Feb. 23

4th Annual Presidents Day Roundtable Discussion

With the presidential debates growing more intense, come to this discussion where guest speakers are invited to attend and give their perspectives on the US presidency.

Feb. 28

Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change Film Presentation

In 2003 the nuns who visited Selma in 1965 were brought together again to see themselves and the protests on tape for the first time. At this event, Selmians, of both Catholic and Protestant faith, will speak their views on the nun’ historical contributions.

Let it Flow: A Soulful Night at Sixth

The Sixth College is putting on a celebration where guests will be able to enjoy some fantastic foods while listening to some truly amazing spoken word artists. After the artists are done the mic will be pass to UCSD students for a SLAM poetry open mic.


For a more comprehensive list of events, as well as locations, times, and ticket information, visit the website!


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