This February, Fullerton College will honor Black History Month with a variety of events designed to honor the historical contributions of African Americans, strengthen connections across campus, and celebrate community. The month’s theme is The New Black Renaissance and will highlight the tradition of artistic voices and talents in the Black community and will include a new event titled “The Black Student Talent Showcase.”
The events are planned and coordinated by the Umoja Community Program, Cadena Cultural Center, and the Ethnic Studies Department.
“This year, we really wanted to give students a platform for artistic expression,” said Umoja Community Program Director Brandi Avila. “The talent showcase will include poetry, music, dance, and displays of art and is dependent on student participation.” She said interested students can contact Umoja to sign up.
Avila also said they’ve reached out to other community colleges within their region to solicit student participation for the Black Student Talent Showcase.
Additional events planned for the month will include Fullerton College Black History Month staples, such as the Beat Café, CommUNITY Day, and the Black Student Forum, as well as guest lectures in Ethnic Studies courses, and off-campus gatherings. Here is a list of dates and events to look forward to:
Feb. 1 – OC Black History Month Parade & Cultural Faire
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join Umoja at the OC Black History Parade in Anaheim on Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The parade begins at 9 a.m. and Fullerton College participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pearson Park located at 400 N. Harbor Blvd. in Anaheim to walk side-by-side in the parade. To learn more view the flyer or contact the Umoja office.
Feb. 11 – CommUnity Day
In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King’s call for community service, CommUNITY Day brings together clubs, programs, services, and local organizations to emphasize the importance of “community” and “unity.” The event will be held on the Fullerton College quad from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature art, music, and a resource fair for students to connect with service opportunities available through local non-profit organizations. For more information visit https://cadena.fullcoll.edu/
Feb. 19 – Black Student Showcase
Students are invited to attend and/or participate in the Black Student Talent Showcase on Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the quad. The showcase will feature various forms of art expression including music, art displays, poetry, and more. Sign up at the Umoja Center in Building 500, Room 513 to participate.
Feb. 25 – Beat Café and Open Mic
The Beat Café Open Mic Night returns to the Student Center in Building 200, Room 214 on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 4 to 7 p.m. This popular event features performances by Fullerton College poets, singers, and musicians in a small and intimate setting.
Feb. 28 – Black Student Forum
The Black Student Forum is an engaging event for students and the campus community to hear from guest speakers, engage in group discussions, and honor African American history. This year’s keynote speaker will be Playwright, Activist and CSULA Pan African Studies Professor Funmilola Fagbamila. The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Building 200, Room 224. For more information visit https://cadena.fullcoll.edu/
For more information on all events view the flyer or call (714) 992-7155.