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Terry McMillan headlines Black History Month


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A Feb. 6 lecture by best-selling novelist Terry McMillan (“Waiting to Exhale”) is the marquee event of Sacramento State’s upcoming Black History Month celebration. Also on tap are an art show and artist’s lecture, an “alien soul” concert and a screening of the 2013 film “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

Here are the details on Black History Month activities:

  • “The Mis-education of the Post Black Negro,” a lecture and art exhibit by Tracy artist Milton Bowens (Milton 510): Noon Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the University Union Redwood Room. Free and open to the public. Presented by Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) and University Union UNIQUE Programs. Following his talk, Bowens will be honored with an artist’s reception in the second-floor University Union Gallery. His paintings will remain on display through Feb. 27.
  • Funk, rock, soul and reggae concert featuring Sacramento musician Brian Chris Rogers: Noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the University Union Redwood Room. Free. Presented by UNIQUE Programs. Rogers, former lead singer for the Nibblers and Izabella, launched his solo career with a genre he calls “alien soul.” His latest album is “Single.”
  • “An Evening with Terry McMillan”: 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the University Union Ballroom. Free and open to the public. Free parking after 6:30 p.m. in Parking Structure III. Presented by ASI and UNIQUE Programs. McMillan, who once wrote editorials for the UC Berkeley student newspaper, is the author of eight novels, including “Getting to Happy.” Both “Waiting to Exhale” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” were made into movies. McMillan will take questions from the audience following her talk.
  • “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”: 7:30-9:50 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the University Union Ballroom. Free. Presented by ASI and UNIQUE Programs. The film stars Oscar winner Forrest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, the real-life White House butler who served eight U.S. presidents. Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, John Cusack, Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. co-star. 

For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Office of Public Affairs at (916) 278-6156. – Dixie Reid