Black History Month 2021

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February 2021

Black History Month 2021 Events

Welcome to the list of events for Black History Month in 2021 at San Jose State University. We are excited to bring to you this list of events that serve to explore and celebrate the theme for Black History Month this year: The Black Family.

Event OnJan29

Spring 2021 BLOC Party

Time:12 pm - 1:30 pmLocation:A BHM Kickoff to share what's to come for the Black community for Spring 2021!Brought to you by: The BLOC and Student Involvement
Event OnFeb1

2021 SJSU HRI Human Rights Lecture Series

Time:3:30 pm - 6:30 pmLocation:This year's SJSU HRI Human Rights Lecture Series will include three events looking at the relevance of Black feminism, socialism, politics of abolition, and the work of Dr. Angela Davis in facing the human rights challenges of our time. The first event (02/01) is a watch party of Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, including live Q and A in the chat with special guests.Brought to you by: the Human Rights Institute
Event OnFeb2

Film & Dialogue Series

Time:6:00 pmLocation:Various topics presented using films, (youtube) speeches, guest presenters, etc. with emphasis on an exchange of ideas by the audience. Example includes the topic: The Power of Words - in this theme we will examine how language, education and media impact our understanding of what's really going on in our (global) community.Every Tuesday of the month.For more information, contact Akabundu Amazu (aaprp.akubundu@gmail.com)
Event OnFeb4

February Open Mic - Black History Month

Time:6:00 pmLocation:Opportunity for SJSU students to share their voices/talents with the community as we honor Black History Month through featured Black artist.Brought to you by: Mosaic, The BLOC, Student Union, Inc.
Event OnFeb8

Film Screening and Discussion - SCARRED JUSTICE: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968

Time:12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLocation:53 years ago, on the campus of South Carolina State University, the South Carolina Highway Patrol opened fire on a group of civil rights protestors killing 3 and wounding 28. Join us for a special film screening of Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968 with discussion to follow. This event is hosted by the Department of African American Studies and co-sponsored by the Africana, Asian American, Chicano, and Native American Studies Center (SJSU King Library). #SJSUBHM2021 #sjsulibraryBrought to you by: African American Studies and MLK Library
Event OnFeb8

Writing Center Zine Informational Meeting

Time:6:00 pm - 7:00 pmLocation:The SJSU Writing Center will be publishing a new zine that focuses on self-reflection in terms of anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion. The written word is a powerful form of communication, and we hope to help others through the sharing of personal experiences. We welcome creative submissions of poetry, prose, songs, short stories. etc., and your piece can include only your written work or your writing plus other forms of multimedia (e.g., artwork).Brought to you by: The Writing Center
Event OnFeb9

2021 SJSU HRI Human Rights Lecture Series

Time:3:00 pm - 5:00 pmLocation:This year's SJSU HRI Human Rights Lecture Series will include three events looking at the relevance of Black feminism, socialism, politics of abolition, and the work of Dr. Angela Davis in facing the human rights challenges of our time. The second (02/09) is a Teach-In Panel featuring renowned scholars Drs. Bettina Aptheker (UCSC), Barbara Ransby (UIC), and Neferti Tadiar who will engage each other and the audience on the relevance of Black feminism, socialism, and the work of Dr. Angela Davis in 2021.
Event OnFeb9

Film & Dialogue Series

Time:6:00 pmLocation:Various topics presented using films, (youtube) speeches, guest presenters, etc. with emphasis on an exchange of ideas by the audience. Example includes the topic: The Power of Words - in this theme we will examine how language, education and media impact our understanding of what's really going on in our (global) community.Every Tuesday of the month.For more information, contact Akabundu Amazu (aaprp.akubundu@gmail.com)
Event OnFeb10

Spartan Speaker Series Presents: Baratunde Thurston

Time:7:00 pmLocation:Baratunde Thurston is an Emmy-nominated host who has worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House, and cleaned bathrooms to pay for his Harvard education. He’s the executive producer and host of We’re Having A Moment, a limited-run podcast series that captures this defining moment of pandemic, policing, and race in the U.S. He’s also the creator and host of Live On Lockdown, has hosted the iHeartMedia podcast Spit, wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black, and serves on the boards of BUILD and the Brooklyn Public Library.Brought to you by: Student Affairs Campus Life
Event OnFeb11

We are Family: Sport, Politics, Culture and the Black Family

Time:12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLocation:Over the past year race, racism, and anti-Black racism has been at the fore of national and international conversations, centered Black people and DEI initiatives in the management and operations of businesses and organizations. This Sport Conversation will examine these issues and the experiences of Black athletes, coaches, sport professionals and their families. ISSSSC will celebrate Black History Month 2021 with scholars and leaders to: discuss the significance of Black people in sporting spaces, examine the role Black athletes and coaches have played in political conversations, identify the influence and commodification of Black sport figures in cultural spaces, and explain how these experiences are affecting the representation, identity, and diversity of the Black family.Brought to you by: The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change
Event OnFeb11

2021 SJSU HRI Human Rights Lecture Series

Time:4:30 pm - 7:00 pmLocation:This year's SJSU HRI Human Rights Lecture Series will include three events looking at the relevance of Black feminism, socialism, politics of abolition, and the work of Dr. Angela Davis in facing the human rights challenges of our time. The third event (02/11) is the Annual HR Lecture Keynote by Dr. Angela Davis (UCSC), where she will deliver a talk and join a panel of local organizations engaged in the politics of abolition.
Event OnFeb15

Sneaker History IS Black History

Time:12:00 pm - 1:30 pmLocation:Sean Williams, a sneaker expert and consultant, will deliver a talk on the history of sneakers and its importance to Black History. Q & A session will follow after the talk.This event is hosted by the Department of African American Studies. #SJSUBHM2021
Event OnFeb16

Tarot Card Readings with Jameela Dallis

Time:5:00 pm - 8:00 pmLocation:Jameela will be performing tarot card readings to students. Tarot is a powerful, transformative tool that helps us understand ourselves and make better choices. Her approach to tarot is intuitive and experiential, poetic yet direct.Sign-up at: tinyurl.com/ASTarotReadingBrought to you by: Associated Students Events
Event OnFeb16

Film & Dialogue Series

Time:6:00 pmLocation:Various topics presented using films, (youtube) speeches, guest presenters, etc. with emphasis on an exchange of ideas by the audience. Example includes the topic: The Power of Words - in this theme we will examine how language, education and media impact our understanding of what's really going on in our (global) community.Every Tuesday of the month.For more information, contact Akabundu Amazu (aaprp.akubundu@gmail.com)
Event OnFeb17

Black Student, Faculty and Staff Mixer

Time:TBDLocation:Our 3rd annual mixer to engage with all areas of our Black community family.For more information, contact Armani Donahue (armani.donahue@sjsu.edu)
Event OnFeb18

Feeling Good: Celebrating National Girls & Women in Sports Day through a Wall of Song

Time:7:00 pmLocation:Join the San José Museum of Art and San José Jazz in a celebration of National Girls and Womxn in Sports Day (NGWSD) with San Jose State University’s The Institute for the Study of Sports, Society & Social Change (ISSSSC) and The Wall of Song’s “FEELING GOOD” project, based on Nina Simone’s song. The NGWSD 35th annual celebration themed “Lead Her Forward” is an opportunity to engage and “inspire girls and women to play and be active, to realize their full power”. Emceed by San Jose Jazz, this event includes special guest, soprano Danielle Marie, and features the insights and artistry of twelve-time grammy nominated powerhouse vocalist, Ledisi. The special evening includes an ISSSSC Sport Conversation for Change about the importance of NGWSD and the incredible advocacy and activism efforts for girls and women by girls and women. Then ISSSSC and Wall of Song will share their participatory video installation and civic singing project — a collective singing of Nina Simone’s FEELING GOOD as an anthem of solidarity for womxns sport and a more equitable, racially just community.Brought to you by: The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change and the Wall of Song Project
Event OnFeb19

We Do Exist: Stories from Black Greeks

Time:5:00 pm - 6:30 pmLocation:Come and meet the Greeks of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. This council includes 8 of the Divine 9 fraternities and sororities. This is a time to learn more about our chapters and members at SJSU, how to get engaged with them and their events and their contributions to the campus and greater community. Brough to you by: Student Involvement
Event OnFeb23

Uprooting Racism in the Kitchen with Soul Fire Farm

Time:2:00 pmLocation:We're whippin' up something special over here with Kitchen Magician/Farmer/Food Justice Coordinator, Brooke Bridges, of Soul Fire Farm. Join us to learn about the radical work Soul Fire Farm is doing to uproot racism in the food system through farming, activism, community building, and so much more. Brooke will also be demoing a recipe developed by SFF's Kitchen Magicians!Event will be livestreamed on the CCCAC Instagram!Brought to you by: Cesar Chavez Community Action Center
Event OnFeb23

Film & Dialogue Series

Time:6:00 pmLocation:Various topics presented using films, (youtube) speeches, guest presenters, etc. with emphasis on an exchange of ideas by the audience. Example includes the topic: The Power of Words - in this theme we will examine how language, education and media impact our understanding of what's really going on in our (global) community.Every Tuesday of the month.For more information, contact Akabundu Amazu (aaprp.akubundu@gmail.com)
Event OnFeb24

Black Lives and the Immigration Movement: A Conversation with Denea Joseph

Time:5:30 pm - 7:00 pmLocation:Within the immigrants rights movement, the Black immigrant experience has often been erased from the larger narrative. And in order for us to talk about immigrant rights, we must also acknowledge the experiences and the challenges Black immigrants face in the United States.Join us for a live conversation with Denea Joseph, who is a national immigrants rights activist, to discuss the intersections of the BLM and Immigrants Rights movement.Brought to you by: UndocuSpartan Resource Center, The BLOC, Centro, Mosaic, African American Studies, and ISSSSC
Event OnFeb25

Beyond Words: Doing Justice an interview/ Judge Thelton Henderson

Time:7:00 pmLocation:While serving on the US District Court for the Northern District of California, Judge Henderson made transformational decisions on affirmative action, environmental protection, & police and prison reform. In 1997, he ruled Prop 209, the anti-affirmative action CA initiative, as unconstitutional. This event is hosted by the San Jose / Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) co-sponsored by SJSU’s Department of African American Studies.
Event OnMar2

A Conversation with Thea Monyee: Sustaining Joy in the Midst of Social Change: Bridging Mental Health & Activism

Time:3:00 pm - 4:30 pmLocation:RSVP here: https://tinyurl.com/sustainingactivismJoin the CCCAC for a workshop focused on bridging mental health and activism facilitated by Thea Monyee. Thea Monyeé is an accomplished self identified Black Woman Creative with credits including appearances on HBO, BET, Spectrum, OWN, Fox Soul, and TV One. Monyeé's unapologetic work stems from her unwavering commitment to healing and her belief that true healing can only occur in a liberated and non-oppressive society. Monyeé is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has contributed to online publications such as o For Harriet, UpSpoken, and Black Girl in Om online publications. Monyeé enjoys creating work that dives into the intersections of healing through decolonization of joy, pleasure, and mental health. Learn more about her at: https://theamonyee.com/Brought to you by: Cesar Chavez Community Action Center
Event OnMar2

Film & Dialogue Series

Time:6:00 pmLocation:Various topics presented using films, (youtube) speeches, guest presenters, etc. with emphasis on an exchange of ideas by the audience. Example includes the topic: The Power of Words - in this theme we will examine how language, education and media impact our understanding of what's really going on in our (global) community.Every Tuesday of the month.For more information, contact Akabundu Amazu (aaprp.akubundu@gmail.com)