2022 Black History Month Celebration

Black History Month (BHM), or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S history. Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life, which initiated the first variation of Black History month, titled, Negro History Week in 1926 during the second week of February. It was not until 1976 that every president designated the month of February as Black History Month.

BHM programs and events at Sonoma State University is a collaborative effort between students, staff, faculty, and members of the local community. For more information regarding Black History Month, visit the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH) website.

"If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated."

- Carter G. Woodson

Black History Month Opening Ceremony 

Tuesday, February 1st | 7:00pm - 8:00pm | Join the Zoom | Keynote: Dr. Sharon Fuller, Women's and Gender Studies Department

Black History Month plays an integral role in highlighting the achievements, success and overcomings of the Black community. Join the many Black identified organizations at Sonoma State University, as we launch the month with an interactive, entertaining, and educational program themed around the topic of Perseverance. For more information about this event or the month-long celebration, contact murraymen@sonoma.edu.

Black and Brown in Blue

Thursday, February 3rd | 7:00pm - 8:00pm | Student Center Ballroom A or Join the Livestream 

Fred Galloway is a retired Law Enforcement Professional with a treasure chest of experience and law enforcement relationships around the world. After completing a 23-year career in law enforcement last serving in the FBI’s Joint Terrorist Force (US Deputy Marshall) and the NYPD Intelligence Division (Detective Investigator). Mr. Galloway specializes in international counterterrorism Terrorism matters and the recovery of Americans kidnapped abroad.  Mr. Galloway is currently the Brooklyn Nets Director of Security for the past 10years, where he is instrumental in the on and off-court development of young men playing in the NBA and handles all internal and external investigations, he also serves on the NBA senior security advisory board. Please see more information on Fred here: (PODCAST). Fred’s work with the FBI was also the inspiration for the movie Captain Phillips.  For more information about this event or the month, contact murraymen@sonoma.edu.

Movie Screening - The Harder They Fall 

Monday, February 7th | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Student Center Ballroom B

Come join us for the screening of the new Netflix film, The Harder They Fall. This film was produced by Shawn Carter (Jay-Z), Lawrence Bender, James Lassiter, and Jeymes Samuel. This Black western is about an outlaw (Nat Love) gunning for revenge. He saddles up with his gang to take down enemy Rufus Buck, a ruthless crime boss who just got sprung from prison. For more information about this event or the month, contact murraymen@sonoma.edu.

Rohnert Park City Council Meeting - Proclamation in Support of Black History Month 

Tuesday, February 8th  | 5:00pm - 6:00pm | Join the Webinar | Webinar ID: 835 0630 9594 | Passcode: 641209 | Agenda

SSU community members are invited to watch the Rohnert Park City Council meeting. Mayor Jackie Elward will announce a city proclamation in support of Black History Month. Proclamations are done right after the Pledge of Allegiance and take just a few moments. You are welcome to continue to watch for the remainder of the meeting or leave after the proclamation. 

Yoga with Doshia

Wednesday, February 9th | 9:00am - 10:00am | Campus Recreation Center or Join the Zoom | password: BHMyog@

Looking to workout? Look no further than Yoga with Doshia weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays. This free 1 hour yoga class will help relax your mind, body and soul. If you can’t attend in-person but want to attend virtually - use the Zoom link provided above. For more information about this event or the month, contact murraymen@sonoma.edu.

The Black Student-Athlete Experience, Maintaining Black PRIDE

Tuesday, February 15th | 7:00pm - 8:00pm | Student Center Ballroom B or Join the Livestream

Our featured speaker for Black History Month is Dimitrous Chattman. He is a former Student-Athlete and played football (Linebacker/Safety) at San Jose State. After earning his Master's Degree in Sport Management, he began working in Sales and Fundraising for the Oakland Raiders. His story is transformational; he took over a celebrity fundraiser for John Madden Charities as an intern; after a short time, he transformed 'Bocce' into a fundraising trend through Six Figure Solutions, his consulting company. Now, after 10-years of working with legendary coaches John Madden & Steve Mariucci, his event playbook is used for marketing, engagement, and teambuilding by the NFL, High Schools, Universities, and Corporations alike. For more information about this event or the month, contact murraymen@sonoma.edu.

The Native American & Indigenous Studies Reading Group 

Monday, February 21st | 4:00pm - 5:30pm | Register in advance for this meeting

The Native American & Indigenous Studies Reading Group is an intellectual community exploring topics and issues in Native American & Indigenous Studies. In this session, we will discuss the Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom by Tiya Miles. This reading group meeting will be co-facilitated by Mendel Murray and Dr. Erica Tom. For more information please contact Erica, tome@sonoma.edu

Hypnotized Live! Master Hypnotist Michael C. Anthony 

Tuesday, February 22nd | 8:00pm | Student Center Ballroom A or Join the Livestream

Hypnotized is a critically acclaimed hypnotic masterpiece that is considered the best in the world. You will be amazed as volunteers will fall asleep at the snap of Michael’s finger and obey the most ridiculous suggestions. Michael has been seen on CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox. He also won Male Entertainer of the Year with Campus Activities Magazine!  The show is a MUST SEE! For more information about this event, contact Mo.phillips@sonoma.edu.

Failures of School Desegregation 

Wednesday, February 23 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm | Register to attend the event | Facilitated by Dr. Kayla Walters Doughty (SSU Department of Sociology)

See below the texts that are being assigned for this reading group workshop. The first two are podcasts, and the third is an attached peer-reviewed scholarly article.

A Conversation with Black Alumni 

Thursday, February 24 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Join the Livestream 

Hear from Sonoma State University alumni who are making a difference in their communities and how their time at SSU impacted their journey to a professional career.


Black & Politics with Rohnert Park Mayor Jackie Elward

Thursday, February 24 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm | Student Center Ballroom B | Join the Livestream 

The Black &...Series is a HUB Cultural Center dialogue series about blackness, broadly speaking.  This month Rohnert Park Mayor Jackie Elward will share her journey in politics in a conversation facilitated by Black Student Union (BSU) member Elijah Harris. For more information about this event, contact gomezs@sonoma.edu.

Late Nite Art

Thursday, February 24 | 8:00pm | Student Center Ballroom A | Facilitated by Kelsey Lotus Wong from Late Nite Art Oakland

Come join Student Involvement and The HUB as we make some art while meeting new friends! You can draw or paint while chatting and building community with other Seawolves. There will be a DJ with music and art supplies will be provided. Using our proven methodology, we combine experiential learning, the arts, and cutting-edge facilitation to address your challenges and goals. Each customized workshop is designed to elevate communication and culture, in the most unique way possible. For more information about this event, contact gomezs@sonoma.edu.

Black History Month Closing Ceremony 

Friday, February 25 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm | Student Center Ballroom A | Join the Livestream

We will close out Black History Month highlighting the achievements, successes, and overcomings 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 it means to have Black PRIDE” For more information about this event or the month, contact murraymen@sonoma.edu.

Madan Sara Film Screening 

  • Friday, February 25 | 7:00pm | Warren Auditorium | Ives Hall
  • Sunday, February 27 | 4:00pm | Warren Auditorium | Ives Hall
  • Film is 50 minutes

For your safety and that of other guests, proof of COVID vaccination and photo ID will be required for entry. Masks are also required indoors. Learn more about the Sonoma Film Institute spring film schedule here

The women known as Madan Sara in Haiti work tirelessly to buy, distribute, and sell food and other essentials in markets through the county. Despite the obstacles faced by the women working in a sector that lacks investment, infrastructure and state assistance, the Madan Sara continue to be one of the most critical parts of the Haitian economy and of who we are as a country. The Madan Sara documentary tells the stories of these indefatigable women who work at the margins to make Haiti’s economy run. Despite facing intense hardship and social stigma, the hard work of the Madan Sara puts their children through school, houses their families, and helps to ensure a better life for generations to come. Directed by Etant Dupain. (in French and Haitian Creole w/English subtitles)