June 2000
Volume 3

Harambee 2000

Community Web

Habari Gani

AAN Faculty &
Staff News

Students Awarded Internships

New Afrocentric Student Club

What Black History Month Means to me

Unsung Heros

A Tribute to my Aunt

Inez Tatum. A Sojourner for a Family

My Hero by Jamal Oakley

Black Student Union Reflections of the Year

Foothill Nigerian Student Faces Racism in Los Altos

Cofounder San Jose-SF Freedom Train Inspired by Mom

Diversity Watch 2000

Foothill Student Receives Lewis Latimer Award

The Celebration of African History Month

George Washington Carver Award Given

East Bay Artist Donates Art to Foothill College

Students, Faculty and Staff March on Foothill

Be part of an exhilarating cultural experience that honors the success of Foothill’s student of African Ancestry. Listen to the call and be moved by the rhythm of African drumming, join the the celebration and witness the pride of student achievers and their families. Help create a tapestry of colors by wearing your Kinte cloth and other traditional attire to Harambee 2000

Key Note Speaker: Clara Rouse

Foothill’s African American Network, Shades of Africa and Black Student Union will sponsor Harambee 2000-The Third Annual Rites of Passage Celebration on Friday, June 23, from 4-5:30 pm in Room 1301(Formerly A80). This Afrocentric ceremony honors the achievement of Foothill’s students of African ancestry who are graduating, transferring, or earning certificates.

The featured speaker this year is Clara Rouse, Associate Superintendent of the Ravenswood City School District. She provides the oversight for all Educational Services in the district as well as Personnel and Risk Management. Ms. Rouse is a very charismatic speaker whose career includes service as a classroom teacher, principal, curriculum consultant, and Assistant Superintendent. In addition, she has been a community college instructor and academic advisor. She is an advocate and continues to be a mentor for young people. She has received many awards and most recently the Community Champion Award from Silicon Graphics.

If you enjoyed the spoken word poetry written and recited during African American History Month, get ready for another mesmerizing round. A special treat is in store for graduates and audience alike.
All members of the Foothill community are invited. Please join us in honoring our students on this important day. Reserve the date now.


Julian Lacey, Foothill Student, is an East Palo Alto native and works as a Web developer in Silicon Valley. He actively participates as a mentor to youth, community – based educator and advisor for various non-profit organizations. While attending Foothill College, Julian will also a graduate from Leadership Mid-Peninsula Class of 2000.

After initially volunteering at Plugged In, Julian became director of Plugged In Enterprises which trains teenagers in the latest web design technology. The teens use their skills to operate a web design business that creates web pages for community members and paying commercial clients. Plugged In’s mission is to bridge the technological gap between East Palo Alto and Silicon Valley. Julian was recently invited to participate and introduce President Clinton at the ceremony to announce the President’s public-private sector initiative to close the "digital divide" in Washington D.C. and East Palo Alto. He was also chosen as a panel speaker for Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s Digital Connections 2000 Conference.
In addition to teaching technology-based skills, Julian enjoys doing outreach in the community and learning about new computer technology.

Welcome to the third edition of THE GRIOT! The Griot (pronounced Gree’oh) is a newspaper of the Foothill College African American Network. One Again we invite the entire campus community to become part of our extended family. Visit our village as you browse through the pages of our third edition. Find out what has been happening in our community. Read about the success of Foothill students of African ancestry, our history, cultural traditions and events.

Foothill programs and special people who have contributed to the academic success and development of our students are featured. "A Griot is a story-teller in traditional West African culture whose role it is to preserve the oral history of the village or clan. Griots ensure that the community has the perspective of the past as well as the news of the day upon which to base its decisions.

The Foothill College African American Network, Shades of Africa, and Black Student Union following in the tradition of the Griot are collecting and preserving our history while sharing our news and opinions with members of the campus and broader community. Today’s news is tomorrow’s history. We hope you enjoy and are informed by this publication.

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