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January 24, 2001

CSUS Celebrates Black History Month

February is Black History Month and California State University, Sacramento will host many events to commemorate the month long celebration.

Highlights of this year's Black History Month events on campus include "Black in Two Americas: Identity, History and Struggle in the United States and Cuba," a lecture by Lisa Brock at noon, Monday, Feb. 12 in the University Union Redwood Room. Brock, a longtime activist and author, is a professor of African history at the Art Institute of Chicago and is also the leader of the "Hands Off Assata Campaign," which seeks to defend escaped U.S. prisoner Assata Shakur who is currently living in self-imposed-exile in Cuba. This is a free event. For more information call (916) 278-6101.

CSUS history professor Shirley Moore will direct a Year of Unity symposium, "Race, Gender and Power: People of Color Along the American River," from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14 in the University Union and Library Archives. The symposium's panel will include national and local scholars, as well as social, cultural and educational program representatives to provide the audience with a chance to explore historical and contemporary issues regarding race, identity, gender and community. This is a free event. For more information call (916) 278-6669.

The CSUS department of theater and dance will present "African Creative Expressions," at 8 p.m., Feb. 14 - 17 at the Dancespace in Solano Hall. Admission prices are $12 general and $10 for alumni, students and seniors. Tickets are available at the CSUS Central Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.

Rev. Alfred Smith will give a Year of Unity seminar, "What Does a Radical Transformation of Values Mean According to the Ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?" at noon, Friday, Feb. 16. This is a free event. For more information call (916) 278-6331.

At noon, Monday, Feb. 19, in the University Union Redwood Room, Chief Ifagbenusola Atanda will give a lecture and demonstration about the ancient African religion Ifa, "Ifa: Traditional Healing From Nigeria." Atanda is the founder of the Healing, Teaching and Tourism Temple of African Faith International and the secretary general of the Association of Therapists of African Medicine. This is a free event. For more information call (916) 278-6101.

At noon, Thursday, Feb. 22, in the University Union Hinde Auditorium Reggie Graham will give a lecture and performance on the history of gospel music. Graham is local jazz musician and the music director for the New Testament Baptist Church in Sacramento. This is a free event. For more information call (916) 278-6595.

From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23 the "Creating and Defining the African American Community: Family, Church, Politics and Culture," sixth annual Black History Rally will be held in the University Union Redwood Room. This is a free event. For more information call (916) 278-5363.

Bamboozled, the first in a three-part African film series, will be shown at 6 p.m., Monday Feb. 26 in the University Union Ballroom. A group discussion will follow the film's screening. This is a free event. For more information call (916) 278-6101.

Black History Month is an educational event established in 1926 by the black historian Carter Goodwin Woodson. Originally known as Negro History Week, as part of the nation's Bicentennial events in 1976, the celebration was expanded to a month. February was chosen for Black History Month in part because of the coinciding birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas.

Several of the events are part of the University's Year of Unity, a campus-wide commitment to promote peace, tolerance, learning and understanding.

For media assistance regarding CSUS Black History Month events contact the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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