The 1938 SDSU Woodsonian club, named after Black History Month pioneer Carter G. Woodson.
Officially recognized in 1976 by President Gerald R. Ford, Black History Month has since been a time to reflect and celebrate the significant roles played by African Americans in U.S. History.
SDSU Africana Studies professor, Charles Toombs, sees the month of February as not only a time for reflection but as a call to action for continued education in cultural literacy.
“This month is a time to discuss what we know about Africana people and learn about what we do not know as a way to pay attention to the many people and voices that are America,” Toombs said. “African Americans have made and are continuing to make to this country physically, morally, culturally and economically important, complex, and meaningful.”
SDSU’s Association of Africana Studies Majors and Minors will be sponsoring several events this month.
“Our working theme is ‘A mind can only elevate as high as its consciousness’," said Terry Sivers, president of the association. "All the events will be centered around elevating the consciousness of our campus and the community of San Diego.”
SDSU Black History events include:
- Healing Black Male and Female Relationships Love Discussion: Feb. 12, 6-9 p.m. at Scripps Cottage the Chair of Black Studies at Mesa College, Professor Lewis, will be speaking about the dynamic of black relationships in the black community.
- Afrikan Black Coalition Conference: Feb. 15-18, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at UCSD, black student unions come together to talk about place politics, economics and black students roles in the California higher education system.
- From Shango to Django: A Film Analysis: Feb. 18, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Location TBD. Anthony T. Browder, the critically acclaimed author of Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization and The Browder Files.
- The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive: Feb. 20, 4 p.m.- 6 p.m., AL 100, Author Marvelyn Brown tells us “HIV is not an adjective so it does not define me.
- Ancient Egypt as an African Civilization: When Egypt Ruled the World: Feb. 21, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., Locatoin TBD, Dr. Shaza Gamal Ismail is an Egyptian scholar and currently a Fulbright Scholar at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. She will share images and examples of Pharaohs who were depicted black in color. She will also discuss mummification, architecture, art and religion.
- Afrikan Student Union High School Conference: Feb. 23, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Aztec Mesa & Scripps Cottage.
- Jazzy Nights: Feb. 28, 6-9 p.m. at Scripps Cottage, student talent Showcase of SDSU students celebrating the Harlem Renaissance.
For more information about upcoming events see here.