Black History Month 2008
Connecting through Universal Understanding: Our Different Shades of Black

Highlights at Foothill College

Tuesday, Feb. 5
Black History Month Lecture Series Part I: Nile Valley & Ancient African Civilization
Classical African civilizations of the Nile Valley represent the longest recorded history of advanced civilizations in the world. These Black civilizations produced some of the greatest achievements in world history in mathematics, astronomy, astrology, engineering, medicine and writing. Co-sponsored by Foothill Business & Social Sciences Division.
Presenter: Manu Ampim, M.A., History Professor
Time: 8:30–10 a.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Tuesday, Feb. 5
National African American Read-In
Join more than one million readers from across the nation in the 18th Annual National African American Read-In. At Foothill, this annual event features the poet and musician Avotcja, and members of her band, Modupe. You’re invited to read from the works of your favorite African American poets and authors. Co-sponsored by the National Council for Teachers of English, Foothill College Language Arts Division and Foothill College Bookstore.
Time: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Wednesday, Feb. 6
Black History Month Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony speakers will present an overview of Foothill’s Black History Month celebration. Attend this cultural celebration and enjoy live entertainment. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room
Free Admission

Thursday, Feb. 7
Meet the Artist Reception
Meet artist Angela Dallas, whose art is expressed with textiles. Her beautiful works are on exhibit in the Semans Library throughout February. Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Time: 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Location: Semans Library
Free Admission

Thursday, Feb. 7
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Residency
For the 13th year, Foothill College hosts the world-renown Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) as the troupe celebrates its 31st anniversary with Dancing without Limits, its anticipated West Coast tour. Under the guidance of founder and artistic director Ann Williams, DBDT’s mission is to create and produce dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs to bridge cultures and reach diverse communities and audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

DBDT Lecture, Demonstration & Petite Performance
DBDT dancers will treat more than 1,800 middle-school students to a demonstration, lecture and mini performance. Students will also tour Foothill College and eat lunch on campus. The program combines cultural and artistic expression by the dancers, and the children’s experience of a community college campus.
Time: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Location: Smithwick Theatre
Free Admission

DBDT VIP Matinee Performance for Senior Citizens
Designed especially for active adults in our community, this VIP matinee includes an exciting director’s notes presentation before the show, affordable individual and group ticket prices, special parking and shuttle service, and complimentary reception. Co-sponsored by the Foothill College Adaptive Learning Division & Disability Resource Center.
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theatre
$20, individual. Group rates available. To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7331.

Friday, Feb. 8
Meet the Artist Reception
Meet artist Angela Dallas, whose art is expressed with textiles. Her beautiful works are on exhibit in the Semans Library throughout February. Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Time: 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: Semans Library
Free Admission

Friday, Feb. 8
Dallas Black Dance Theatre Evening Performance
The curtain goes up on this contemporary dance company’s repertoire of modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works to provide a performance filled with excitement, energy and elegance that only DBDT’s dancers can deliver. A complimentary reception follows the performance in the Campus Center Dining Room.
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theatre
Tickets: $25, general; $15, students with OwlCard. To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7360.

Tuesday, Feb. 12
Lecture Series II: Black Agency: Individual Achievement—Black Cultural Progress Synopsis
Within all of us are many identities. The key is to figure out which one of our many selves needs to be front and center at a particular given moment. This workshop explores contemporary forces that shape the values and priorities of young people and examines how college students can best position themselves as future decision makers. Themes addressed in this session include a historical timeline of major periods impacting black life, a matrix exercise dissecting our many identities, and the ever-important role you play as a college student in continuing the progress of our beautiful cultural community.
Presenter: Alonzo Jones, Multicultural Student Services Director, Arizona State University
Time: 10–11:30 a.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Wednesday, Feb. 13
Hip-Hop Comes to School
Is hip-hop a culture? Are hip-hop and rap the same thing? Bryant K. Smith, founder and president of Smith Consulting & Networking (CAN), will give a brief history of hip-hop that addresses these two questions. This empowering speaker is appropriately known as Smith CAN, because he’s charged with the role of letting you know that you can make a difference in this world. He discusses the role of students in our society; how women are portrayed in hip-hop; issues of social and personal responsibility; AIDS; safe sex; drugs and alcohol; politics; and trends in hip-hop. The program will ask the audience “what is next for hip-hop and for you?” These and other questions are addressed in the light-hearted but critical examination of hip-hop culture and its impact on higher education. Co-sponsored by the Foothill College Health Services Office.
Presenter: Bryant K. Smith, Founder/President, Smith Consulting & Networking
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Thursday, Feb. 14
Love & Protect: Foothill College Valentine’s Day Dance
As a part of AIDS Awareness Week and the Valentine’s Day holiday, Foothill’s Black History Month Planning Committee presents a dance to promote AIDS awareness and sexual responsibility while celebrating the spirit of Valentine’s Day. International food will be served with music provided by a local DJ. Co-sponsored by the International Student Connection Club, Foothill International Programs and Foothill Health Services Office.
Time: 7–11 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201)
Tickets: $7, students in advance with OwlCard; $10, at the door. To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7105 or e-mail InternationalStudentConnection@gmail.com.

Friday, Feb. 15 & Saturday, Feb. 16
10th Annual California Student Association of Community Colleges Black Caucus Leadership Conference
Foothill students are encouraged to focus on leadership skill development with Foothill’s Black Student Union by participating in this two-day conference. Students from across the California Community College System will explore leadership concepts that empower student leaders of African ancestry; discuss successful models/practices that build community outreach and involvement; and address advocacy and organizational development of Afrocentric organizations at the community-college level.
Contact: Joseph Townsend, Foothill College Brother-to-Brother Program; (408) 910-0743; Jsphtown5@aol.com
Location: El Camino College in Torrance, CA [www.elcamino.edu]

Friday, Feb. 15–Monday, Feb. 18
Presidents’ Days Holiday Observances
Campus closed; classes do not meet.

Tuesday, Feb. 19
Lecture Series III: “A Hot Ghetto Mess” Synopsis
According to researcher Lasana Hotep, a phenomenon has swept the nation that equates being a person of color, low income or from the inner city with being the scourge of society. Popular media depicts communities as aberrations and social deviants and have been able to find support from members of the very communities they stereotype, Hotep says. This multimedia presentation challenges the notions of popular media toward people of color by outlining economic, social and political factors that contribute to some of the challenges our communities face. The workshop outlines strategies, attitudes and behaviors needed to transform one from a “hot ghetto mess”, according to Hotep, into a visionary global leader.
Presenter: Lasana Hotep, Researcher, Consultant & Entrepreneur
Time: Noon–1:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Wednesday, Feb. 20
10th Annual African Achievers Awards
The Achiever Awards recognize outstanding academic achievement, leadership and service among graduating and/or transferring students of African ancestry. Foothill and UCLA alumna Gloria Walton is the featured speaker. She resides in Los Angeles and serves as lead organizer of Action for Grassroots Empowerment & Neighborhood Development Alternatives (AGENDA), a branch of strategic concepts in organizing and policy education.
Presenter: Gloria Walton, Lead Organizer, AGENDA
Time: 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Free Admission

Saturday, Feb. 23
Make a Joyful Noise Gospel Concert
Celebrate with Foothill College Gospel Choir as you take a journey through gospel music from its history of Negro spirituals to contemporary melodies. Witness spiritually uplifting performances by Bay Area gospel choirs and much more. A complimentary reception follows the performance in the Campus Center Dining Room.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theatre
Tickets: $12, general; $8, seniors and students with Owl Card; $6, children ages 6–12; children under age 5 admitted free. To purchase tickets, call (650) 949-7360.

Wednesday, Feb. 27
Closing Ceremony: Celebrating Culture
Enjoy this cultural celebration featuring live entertainment and complimentary refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Room
Free Admission

Thursday, Feb. 28
Campus Abroad in Ghana Information Session
For much of its history, Ghana has played a pivotal role in West Africa. Developments in Ghana have influenced regional politics in historical, cultural, socio-economic and ecological terms. The Foothill-De Anza Campus Abroad Program will provide an opportunity for students from all academic disciplines to learn about this country and its people. This will be achieved through integrated study with Ghanaian residents and an immersion into the cultural and social life of the surrounding community this summer. Come to this fascinating presentation to learn how you can financially participate in this exciting program, which runs Aug. 29 through Sept. 13.
Presenter: Foothill College Speech Communication Instructor Shawn Townes, Ph.D.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Foothill Authors Series featuring Author-Comedian Brian Copeland
Author-Comedian Brian Copeland will present a reading of his book, Not a Genuine Black Man, followed by a book-signing session. Look up the definition of the word versatility in a dictionary of performers, chances are you’d find the name Brian Copeland. The multitalented comedian, writer, television and talk radio host and commentator has enjoyed public and critical acclaim for nearly a decade. Copeland’s book is available for purchase at a 20-percent discount in the Foothill College Bookstore.
Presenter: Brian Copeland, Author-Comedian
Time: 3–4 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge
Free Admission

Friday, Feb. 29
Luncheon Presentation: Improving the College Access & Success of Black & Latino Males
Lead by one of the nation’s most passionate motivational speakers, Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, this presentation will highlight the tools, strategies, affirmations, values and support systems that have proven beneficial for the personal development and success of many young Black and Latino men. The session will also explore the positive movement through experiences and perspectives of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) as a national organization with more than 160 collegiate and high school chapters in 30 states. To date, Foothill College is the only California community college with a Brother-to-Brother chapter. The session will also review the challenges that men of color confront daily in their efforts to be successful and responsible. To reserve your seat at this event, you must call (650) 949-7389 or e-mail dorseydon@foothill.edu by Friday, Feb. 22. Co-sponsored by the Basic Skills Initiative and Foothill College Brother to Brother Program.
Presenter: Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, Founder, Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB)
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Toyon Room
Free Admission

Ongoing Art Exhibitions & Displays
Pan-African City Alive!
This cultural resource celebrates 14 years of excellence and shares displays of artifacts that illustrate the beauty and richness of the Pan-African experience. Look for these impressive artifacts on display throughout the Foothill College Campus Center during February. Admission is free. Campus Center hours are Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For additional event, driving and parking information, access www.foothill.edu, e-mail DavorenTricia@foothill.edu or call (650) 949-7282.




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