scheduled for Black History Month
California State University, Sacramento has planned a series of
events to observe Black History Month. February was officially designated
for the celebration because both Frederick Douglass and Abraham
Lincoln were born within the month.
The month kicks off early with a visit from Ed Gordon, the multi-talented
producer, writer, and host of "BET Tonight." Gordon, who
interviewed former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott last month,
will speak at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30 in the University Union
Ballroom. Tickets are $12 general admission and $7 for students.
Other highlights include an explosive dance performance by Step
Afrika USA at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 6 in the University Union Ballroom.
The percussive dance ensemble showcases the African American fraternity
and sorority art of "stepping" and its links to dance
traditions around the world. Tickets are $10 for general admission
and $7 for students.
Other musical events include the "History of Gospel Music"
at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. Reggie Graham will deliver a
lecture and performance in the University Union's Hinde Auditorium.
Graham is a local jazz musician and the music director for the New
Testament Baptist Church in Sacramento. The energetic keyboardist
has performed in concert with artists including Dizzy Gillespie.
This is a free event.
At 8 p.m. Feb. 19-22, 27 and 28 in Solano Hall's Dancespace, dance
and theater professor Linda Goodrich and Sacramento Black Art of
Dance, also known as S/BAD, present their "Heritage" dance
concert. Tickets are $13 general, $11 for students and $8 for children.
There are several speakers also visiting campus. "Cosby Show"
actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner will share his poetry and commentary
at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 in the University Ballroom. General admission
is $10 and student admission is $5.
Equilla Lake, the director of psychological counseling services
at the University is giving a discussion titled "The African
American in Black and White: 20th Century Race Psychology Revisited"
at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the University Union Delta Suite.
The organization AFRICA, Africans for Re-education, Innovation,
Consciousness and Achievement, will also host a series of workshops
and forums focusing on the local black community. For information
call (916) 421-4598.
See the attached schedule for a more complete listing. For more
information about Black History Month phone the office of the Cooper-Woodson
College Enhancement Program at (916) 278-5363. For ticketed events
call the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323. Additional media
assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office
at (916) 278-6156.