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Black History Month on the Mesa

The Department of Africana Studies will celebrate its 40th anniversary Feb. 24.
By Lorena Nava Ruggero

While Black History Month has been going strong since 1976, the SDSU Department of Africana Studies predates the February celebration of African Americans and recognizes their contributions year-round.

To celebrate 40 years on campus, the Department of Africana Studies will host a reception from 6 - 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, in the Extended Studies Center, room 2509. Nathan Hare, who served as the first faculty member for the first black studies program in the country, will speak. For more information on the event, contact the department at 619-594-6531.

Other Black History Month events include:

  • Meet the Founders: Art Forum will be held 6 - 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, in AL-101. African-American founders/creators of the community arts organization in San Diego will offer their perspectives on the history of the arts, programs, upcoming projects and the current trends in arts education in the San Diego area. 
  • Gospel Fest will be held 4 - 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, in the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public. This year's event features performances by Robert Earl Dean, Pilgirm Progressive Bapatist Church, Women of Assurance and Sister's of Praise.

About the Department of Africana Studies

The Department of Africana Studies, created in 1972, has evolved from a focus on Afro-Americans, to an emphasis on African Americans, to the present curriculum that includes African Americans, the African diaspora and Africans.

As the department continues to develop, more emphasis is placed on strengthening the study abroad programs, increasing outreach to scholars around the world who want to learn more about Africana studies at SDSU, creating a graduate program, and maintaining and expanding its collaborations with other SDSU departments.

For more information about the department, visit the website.