Black History Month Celebration

Black History Month Opening Ceremony 

Monday, February 1st | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | Zoom Link

Black History Month plays an integral role in highlighting the achievements, success and strength that have been present in the Black community since the beginning of time. Join the many Black identified organizations at Sonoma State University, as we launch the month with music, poems, interactive conversations, capped off with our keynote speaker Tria Stallings. 

Black and Ally Lunch 

Friday, February 5th | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Zoom Link

Come eat, celebrate, and connect with your peers, mentors, and colleagues and meet new people. Now more than ever, it is essential that we work to foster deeper and more meaningful relationships with one another. All are welcome! We hope that you join us for this opportunity to connect, build community, and support one another.

 

Movie Screening - 93 Til Infinity: The Souls of Mischief

Friday, February 5th | 6:30 – 7:45 PM | Zoom Link 

Join us for a screening of the documentary 93 Til Infinity, where the members of the Souls of Mischief share childhood stories and examine their early creative process while making their first demo tape. 

"Power of Your Voice" w/ Author & Speaker Modi G.

Tuesday, February 9th | 7:00 PM | Zoom Link

Modi G’s keynote discussion will explore her book, “Some Women Prefer Hell” and will focus on self-esteem, healthy relationships, and eliminating the stigma of seeking help for mental health challenges. Modi will offer adaptive strategies for students to apply in all learning environments. Participants in this interactive workshop will discuss personal, familial, and historical perspectives on therapy. Discussion will explore real & imagined concepts about mental health; when and why to seek help; suitable resources; and approaching therapy as an investment in self.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Informational Meeting

Thursday, February 11th | 7:20 PM | Zoom Link 

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. is a historically Black sorority and part of the National Panhellenic Council. This meeting is open to all collegiate women interested in learning more information about this organization.

Music and the Black Culture 

Friday, February 12th | 11:00 - 12:00 PM | Zoom Link

Join us as we have Dr. Patrick Johnson and film director Shomari Smith facilitate a conversation on the documentary 93 Til Infinity: The Souls of Mischief. This plans to be a great conversation around music in the black culture and how we can use music as a tool to know where we come from and most importantly, where we are going.

The Black Student-Athlete Experience 

Tuesday, February 16th | 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Zoom Link 

Join us as we invite Monica McNutt to facilitate a conversation around being a Black athlete in professional spaces we find ourselves in. What drives us to be who we are everyday? As black athletes, we have so many chips on our shoulders, but we overcome daily, through grit, courage, and passion; We also stand on the backs of those that inspire us to keep going.

Unmute Black Voices

Thursday, February 18th | 4:00 - 6:00 PM| Zoom Link

Unmute Black Voices is a solution-based discussion around understanding and coping with black trauma. This program is a safe space for young adults to express how they are coping mentally and emotionally in spite of the social/racial tension present in America’s history leading up to today. Feel free to join in to listen, share your perspective, and dialogue UNAPOLOGETICALLY on this necessary topic. 

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir 7th Annual Black History Month Celebration

Sunday, February 20th | 6:00 PM | Click here to complete your FREE Registration 

Join Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir for our 7th Annual Black History Month celebration, hosted by Terrance Kelly and a special guest! Featuring performances from the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Universal Gospel Choir, Jovan Watkins, and more. The event will stream live on February 20, 2021 at 6pm PST at www.oigc.org/live 

Black Feminist Brilliance 

Tuesday, February 23rd | 4:00 - 5:00 PM| Zoom Link 

Please join us as we celebrate and honor Black History Month by reading out loud and listening to quotes and passages from our favorite Black Feminist thinkers.  Everyone who wants to is invited to share the words of a Black feminist thinker/activist/artist or you are welcome to just show up and listen as a way to pay respect to the depth and complexity of Black Feminist Brilliance.  If you would like to read something out loud, please email me the citation information for a shared bibliography--so we can make sure to cite Black Women/Feminists. This event is open to everyone and is co-organized by the Women's and Gender Studies Department, the American Multicultural Department, the HUB Women of Color Collective, and Umoja Queens.

Preserving a Black Legacy through the University Archives

Wednesday, February 24th | 4:00 – 5:00 PM | Zoom Link

Sonoma State's University Archives—where materials significant to campus history are collected and organized—have the power to capture and even shape our university's collective memory. But whose stories are included in or excluded from this archive? Join us to learn about the importance of local preservation of the Black experience at Sonoma State. Participants of this workshop will learn how to disrupt whiteness in our campus' historical record by ensuring that the voices and stories of SSU's Black students, staff, and faculty are adequately documented for generations to come.    

Black History Month Closing Ceremony

Thursday, February 25th | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | Zoom Link  

We will close out Black History Month highlighting the achievements, success and  that have been present in the Black community since the beginning of time. Join the many Black identified organizations at Sonoma State University as we close out the month with an interactive dialogue on the topic of “What does it mean to be black in America?”, with our keynote speaker Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer, Vice President for Student Affairs at Sonoma State University.