Black History Month

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We invite you to join us in celebrating Black History Month at Sonoma State University this February! 

Check out the events or download the official Black History Month flyer below.

Questions? Contact Mendel Murray at murraymen@sonoma.edu

Black History Month Opening Ceremony 

Monday, Feburary 1st | 5pm | Join Zoom

Black History Month plays an integral role in highlighting the achievements, success 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 launch the month with music, poems, interactive conversations, capped off with our keynote speaker Tria Stallings (https://www.instagram.com/triserenity_/).

Black & Ally Luncheon

Friday, February 5th | 12-1pm | Join Zoom

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.

93 Til Infinity: The Souls of Mischief Movie Screening

Friday, February 5th | 6:30-7:45pm | Join Zoom

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.

Black & Unapologetic

Tuesday, February 9th | 12pm | Join Zoom

Black &...is a HUB dialogue series for people who identify in some way as Black and allies. Every month, we'll feature a different topic that needs to be explored by folks at Sonoma State University. Join us, February 9th at 12pm, a conversation about being Black bodily, and without apology.

“Power of Your Voice” with Author & Speaker Modi G 

Tuesday, February 9th | 7pm | Join Zoom

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.

Modi is an Author, blogger, and writer for men and women of all ages. She blogs about controversial topics based on love, life and relationships. A graduate of Fisk University, degreed in English, Modi fell in love with literature. Her passion for writing keeps her depression and anxiety at bay.

Following in the footsteps of her celebrity mom, Tamera Fair, an actress, on-air personality and founder of Chicago’s distinguished Premier Child Care Centers. Carrying on her mother’s legacy, she has held reigns as the CEO of the Premier Child Care Centers since the age of 23.  As the author of the release, ” Some Women Prefer Hell,” Modi, now 26, is carving out her own path and claiming her own personal legend.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Informational

Thursday, February 11th | 7:20pm | Join Zoom

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 | 11-12pm | Join Zoom

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

Gospel Extravaganza

Sunday, February 20th | 7pm | Join Zoom

Join us in what plans to be a spirit filled night! Under the direction of the Emmy-winning Terrance Kelly, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir brings together over fifty-five singers and four instrumentalists who embody a community of diverse races, cultures, and faiths. This is a FREE show. Join us for a spectacular and joy-filled evening of gospel music!

The Black Student Athlete Experience

Tuesday, February 16th | 12-1pm | Join Zoom

Join us as we invite Monica McNutt (https://www.instagram.com/mcnuttmonica_/) 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. It plans to be exciting to hear from the perspectives of the professional and the student. This space is going to provide the platform to elevate Black voices and thoughts.

Unmute Black Voices 

Thursday, February 18th | 4-6pm | Join Zoom

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. 

 

Preserving a Black Legacy through the University Archives

Wednesday, February 24th | 4-5pm | Join Zoom

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 | 5-6:3pm | Join Zoom

We will close out Black History Month highlighting the achievements, success 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 does it mean to be black in America?”