Black History Month

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February 2022

Black History Month 2022 Events

Welcome to the list of events for Black History Month in 2022 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: Black Health and Wellness.

Event OnFeb

The Writing Center Social Media Campaign!

Location:Celebrating Black Writers! The Writing Center welcomes the SJSU community to post their favorite book by a Black writer during BHM (or any time!) on their social media and tag #sjsuBHM2022 #sjsuwritingcenter (if they want to). We hope you join us!
Event On,Feb1

Umoja Africa Must Unite! All-African People's Revolutionary Party Film and Dialogue Series

Event starts at:,6:00 - 8:00 pmEvent is located at:,Part of the All-African People's Revolutionary Party Film and Dialogue Series. Join faculty member Akubundu for a weekly film and dialogue series to examine African history, culture, and action. Zoom ID and passcode on the flyer in the link.
Event On,Feb2

BLOC Open House

Event starts at:,5:00 - 6:30 pmEvent is located at:,Welcoming all Black Spartans to the BLOC! Here, we will get you connected to on campus resources to support your student journey while navigating SJSU. We look forward to having you!
Event On,Feb3

CLA Presents: Danielle Evans Craft Talk

Event starts at:,4:00 pmEvent is located at:,As part of the Center for Literary Arts Craft Lecture Series, author Danielle Evans will discuss her insights on the craft of writing. She is the author of the story collections The Office of Historical Corrections and Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. The event will take place on Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 at 4:00 PM PST. We hope to see you there!
Event On,Feb3

The Center for Literary Arts Reading Series Presents - Danielle Evans

Event starts at:,7:00 pmEvent is located at:,The Center for Literary Arts presents a reading by Danielle Evans, author of the story collection The Office of Historical Corrections. The event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
Event On,Feb8

The War on CUBA! Episodes 4, 5, and 6

Event starts at:,6:00 - 8:00 pmEvent is located at:,Part of the All-African People's Revolutionary Party Film and Dialogue Series. Join faculty member Akubundu for a weekly film and dialogue series to examine African history, culture, and action. Zoom ID and passcode on the flyer in the link.
Event OnFeb8

Sexual Health Program

Time:6:30 pmLocation:We'll be talking about sexual health, reducing the stigma, preventing STIs, practicing safe sex, HIV/AIDS & STIs globally
Event On,Feb9

Black Spartans Exhibit

Event is located at:,Black Spartans is a first look at an ongoing research project in SJSU Special Collections & Archives to discover documentation of Black experiences in university history. Though many of these stories are present in our current collections, they can be difficult to find due to the nature of archival description practices. Black Spartans will serve to highlight some of these obscured stories, and identify the people, organizations, and events that we hope to seek more information and records about. This is the first of several installments. We invite community members from within and beyond SJSU to join us in surfacing these stories, sharing information, and ensuring these histories are preserved and accessible. We also hope this project can serve as a model for uncovering under-documented stories of other communities on campus. This exhibit is also online at https://library.sjsu.edu/exhibits/black-spartans
Event On,Feb9

The Experience of a Black Patient: A Discussion on Inequity in Medical Practice.

Event starts at:,6:00 - 8:00 pmEvent is located at:,This panel discussion is being organized by a collaboration of students and faculty as part of San José State University’s Campus Reading Program, which seeks to engage the campus community through reading and campus-wide discussion. This year, Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine was chosen as our Campus Reading Program book. This beautiful and poetic narrative encourages us to reflect on racial inequalities and this panel will focus on the experience of black patients in the United States healthcare system.   Panelists: Odiri Maku, Alicia Swartz, and Kim Rhodes Moderator: Michelle Hampton (SJSU)
Event On,Feb9

Spartan Speaker: ANGIE THOMAS

Event starts at:,6:00 pmEvent is located at:,Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi, as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. Angie is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, THE HATE U GIVE, started as a senior project in college. It was later acquired by the Balzer+Bray imprint of HarperCollins Publishers in a 13-publisher auction and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, winning the ALA’s William C. Morris Debut Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (USA), the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize (UK), and the Deutscher Jugendliterapreis (Germany). THE HATE U GIVE was adapted into a critically acclaimed film from Fox 2000, starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. Angie’s second novel, ON THE COME UP, is a #1 New York Times bestseller as well, and a film is in development with Paramount Pictures with Angie acting as a producer. In 2020, Angie released FIND YOUR VOICE: A Guided Journal to Writing Your Truth as a tool to help aspiring writers tell their stories. In 2021, Angie returned to the world of Garden Heights with CONCRETE ROSE, a prequel to THE HATE U GIVE focused on seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter that debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Event On,Feb10

A time for healing: Examining Health and Wellness through Sport

Event starts at:,12:00 - 1:00 pmEvent is located at:,This month’s Sport Conversation for Change will focus on sport and physical activity’s influence on health, wellness, and healing. Incorporating the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s (ASALH) 2022 theme of “Black Health and Wellness,” ISSSSC will explore the ways that sport as a cultural entity and sport leadership and participation contribute to the health, wellbeing, and healing for Black folx and other people of color with our panel of experts. We invite you to join the conversation and learn more about how efforts to promote wellbeing for the physical body, emotional health, and mental health are being promoted through education and activism. Stay tuned to our website for upcoming event dates, times, and links when available.
Event On,Feb10

Black Healthcare Professionals Panel

Event starts at:,6:30 pmEvent is located at:,This panel will explore the experiences of Black healthcare professionals in the workplace. Panelists will share the effects of being Black and Habesha in the medical field, their professional and academic journeys (school, internships, work), any tips for Black students who are interested in joining the profession. Brought to you by Habesha Student Association. The link can be found in the bio of the HSA Instagram page.
Event On,Feb11

San Jose Jazz Winter Fest

Event starts at:,7:30 pmEvent is located at:,Join ISSSSC at the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 2022. Tickets are on sale now for events on February 11th through February 27th
Event On,Feb12

Promoting Black History Month at San Jose State Men's and Women's Basketball Games

Event is located at:,Honoring, promoting special groups, such as BFSA, NPHC and potentially other community groups at the games, while also highlighting the first Black Student Athletes ever on our campus. Also, working with current black student athletes on what Black History Month means to them.
Event OnFeb12

BFSA/NPHC Mixer

Time:4:00 pmLocation:Student Union Meeting Room 1A&B
Event On,Feb15

"Unraveling Black Girlhood/Womanhood with Author Dr. Kai Harris"

Event starts at:,2:30 - 4:00 pmEvent is located at:,The San José State University Writing Center is pleased to acknowledge Black History Month 2022 by highlighting Black health alongside stereotypes in creative writing.  Dr. Kai Harris, author of WHAT THE FIREFLIES KNEW (Tiny Reparations Books), unpacks the stigma around mental health in the Black community, centering on the importance of mental health awareness and support for Black girls and women. (https://kaiharriswrites.com/home/)  Alex Zvargulis Robertson and Natalie Wollenweber, lead tutors at the San José State University Writing Center, will follow with an interactive session on the ways to subvert and rewrite offensive stereotypes in creative writing. The presentation will involve discussion and breakout room activities to explore student writing experiences in this area. There will also be a special signed giveaway of five copies of Dr. Harris’s new novel during the webinar.
Event On,Feb15

Black History Month Open Mic Night

Event starts at:,6:00 - 7:00 pmEvent is located at:,Join us for a night of expression in honor of 2022 Black History Month. We'll have feature student artists and open mic portion. Come join us in community and support your fellow Black Spartans. The event will be live streamed on the Mosaic YouTube channel.
Event On,Feb15

RAP Revolutionary African Personality (Sankara, Assata, and More)

Event starts at:,6:00 - 8:00 pmEvent is located at:,Part of the All-African People's Revolutionary Party Film and Dialogue Series. Join faculty member Akubundu for a weekly film and dialogue series to examine African history, culture, and action. Zoom ID and passcode on the flyer in the link.
Event On,Feb17

ISSSSC's Sport Conversation for Change: National Girls and Women in Sport Day & Title IX

Event is located at:,February 2, 2022, marks the 36th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). This celebration inspires girls and women to play and be active, to realize their full power. The confidence, strength and character gained through sports participation are the very tools girls and women need to become strong leaders in sports and life.  This conversation will: recognize SJSU athletes, a coach, and a faculty/staff member for their efforts to "Lead Her Forward"; share insights on NGWSD's relationship with and significance of Title IX, and discuss the Wall of Song Project "Feeling Good", the social action initiative with SJSU Art Lecturer Mel Day.  See ISSSSC for more information on date, time, and webinar link!
Event On,Feb17

Defining Your Worth to Negotiate Your Value

Event starts at:,12:00 - 1:00 pmEvent is located at:,Gain confidence as a Black candidate on how to negotiate your salary. Black professionals, especially Black women, get paid less than their counterparts. Learn top strategies to negotiate your future benefits and pay! This event is in partnership between an AAUW San Jose Chapter member and the SJSU Career Center.
Event On,Feb17

Virtual Book Talk and Q&A featuring Dr. Keith Wailoo

Event starts at:,2:00 pmEvent is located at:,In recognition of Black History Month and its theme Black Health and Wellness, the Department of African American Studies invites you to our virtual Book Talk and Q&A featuring Dr. Keith Wailoo. Mark your calendars for our virtual event on Thursday February 17, 2022 at 2 PM PST. Dr. Wailoo, is the Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He will discuss his new book Pushing Cool: Big Tobacco, Racial Marketing, and the Untold Story of the Menthol Cigarette (University of Chicago Press, 2021).
Event OnFeb17

Supporting the Mental Health and Wellness of SJSU undergrad and graduate STEM students from historically underrepresented backgrounds

Time:6:00 pmLocation:Workshop participants will discuss mental health and wellness in the context of STEM and intersectionality, discussing how our identities may impact our interactions with mentors/classmates/supervisors, and therefore also impact our ability to persist in STEM. Ending the stigma surrounding mental health is critical to foster inclusion, benefitting STEM trainees in our CSU community. Because building resilience and self-care habits takes time, this is an important open conversation to have with undergraduates and graduate students – many of whom are just entering the world of biotechnology research and applications. This conversation will contribute to preparing students for challenges that may arise at some point in their own training, to a friend or colleague, or to a mentee when they become mentors themselves. For this workshop, we will share how students can navigate having conversations with peers, colleagues, and mentors about their mental health and wellness. Often, this includes educating students on how to recognize, how to address, and how to accommodate their own needs. Furthermore, educating students on currently available resources on the SJSU campuses, and encouraging students to connect their peers and mentors with these resources, may improve the community perspective of seeking mental health care. Workshop activities will involve pre-reflections, relevant data on mental health and wellness in higher education, scenario activities, large group discussions, and tangible/actionable strategies for our student members of the STEM community.
Event On,Feb17

The Modern View of Black Beauty

Event starts at:,6:00 pmEvent is located at:,A discussion on the mental and physical health implications of today's beauty standards on black individuals. Brought to you by the Black Honor Society. The event will be held in the Student Union Meeting Room 2 but please check BHS Events Calendar for any program updates.
Event On,Feb18

San Jose Jazz Winter Fest

Event starts at:,7:30 pmEvent is located at:,Join ISSSSC at the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 2022. Tickets are on sale now for events on February 11th through February 27th
Event On,Feb19

San Jose Jazz Winter Fest

Event starts at:,6:30 pmEvent is located at:,Join ISSSSC at the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 2022. Tickets are on sale now for events on February 11th through February 27th
Event On,Feb19

Promoting Black History Month at San Jose State Men's and Women's Basketball Games

Event is located at:,Honoring, promoting special groups, such as BFSA, NPHC and potentially other community groups at the games, while also highlighting the first Black Student Athletes ever on our campus. Also, working with current black student athletes on what Black History Month means to them.
Event On,Feb20

San Jose Jazz Winter Fest

Event starts at:,7:30 pmEvent is located at:,Join ISSSSC at the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 2022. Tickets are on sale now for events on February 11th through February 27th
Event OnFeb21

Black Healing Space

Time:6:00 pmLocation:More details to come. The event will be held in person.
Event On,Feb22

Free Them ALL! Political Prisoners & the Fight for Justice!

Event starts at:,6:00 - 8:00 pmEvent is located at:,Part of the All-African People's Revolutionary Party Film and Dialogue Series. Join faculty member Akubundu for a weekly film and dialogue series to examine African history, culture, and action. Zoom ID and passcode on the flyer in the link.
Event On,Feb23

ISSSSC National Girls and Women in Sport Day - LIVE with SJSU Women’s Basketball: Title IX@50

Event starts at:,11:00 amEvent is located at:,February 2, 2022, marks the 36th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). This celebration inspires girls and women to play and be active, to realize their full power. The confidence, strength and character gained through sports participation are the very tools girls and women need to become strong leaders in sports and life. This year’s LIVE event will recognize SJSU athletes, a coach, and a faculty/staff member for their efforts to "Lead Her Forward", share NGWSD's relationship with Title IX, and involve an interactive collective singing experience with the Wall of Song Project's "Feeling Good", the social action initiative with SJSU Art Lecturer Mel Day. Please join ISSSSC and the Wall of Song Project to celebrate and add your voice for NGWSD at the SJSU Lady Spartans basketball game on Wednesday, February 23rd @12 noon PST - SJSU Provident Event Center.  Get your tickets today!
Event OnFeb23

Movie Night!

Time:5:00 pmLocation:Movie to be announced. Join the Student Union and the student community to watch a movie together to celebrate Black History Month. At the Student Union Theater
Event On,Feb23

Promoting Black History Month at San Jose State Men's and Women's Basketball Games

Event is located at:,Honoring, promoting special groups, such as BFSA, NPHC and potentially other community groups at the games, while also highlighting the first Black Student Athletes ever on our campus. Also, working with current black student athletes on what Black History Month means to them.
Event OnFeb25

Black Cultural Showcase

Location:An event that showcases the talent of our student and community members. In the Student Union Theater. Presented by the Black Student Union.
Event On,Feb26

Walk and Roll 5K

Event is located at:,A 5K Run/Walk/Roll call to action! Click here to register!
Event OnFeb28

Real Talk

Time:5:00 pmLocation:More details to come. Sponsored by the BLOC
Event On,Mar3

ISSSSC Sport Conversation for Change - Film: The Loyola Project

Event starts at:,6:00 pmEvent is located at:,Join the conversation with ISSSSC and our viewing of The Loyola Project! In 1963, at the height of the civil rights movement, the Loyola Ramblers of Chicago broke racial barriers and changed college basketball forever. Now, nearly 60 years later, this legendary team is reexamined by Loyola basketball player and co-captain, Lucas Williamson. Woven together with archival footage and modern day interviews, this captivating story continues to provide inspiration in the fight for equality. Check out our website for registration and other upcoming events.