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Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union (Photo: Paul Lang) Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union (Photo: Paul Lang)

SDSU Celebrates Black History Month

Lectures, film screenings and campus dialogues are scheduled throughout February.
By SDSU News Team

Several San Diego State University departments and programs are hosting events in February for Black History Month, an annual celebration paying tribute to generations of African Americans and honoring their contributions.
Black History Month, also commonly referenced as African American History Month, is a time to learn about the African American community’s work advocating for equality.  

Thursday, Feb. 1

BlacQ Space
6-7:15 p.m., Women’s Resource Center

The event is designed to foster community, dialogue and healing for Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and additional gender and sexual identities that fall under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella.

Friday, Feb. 2

Sister to Sister Luncheon
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Faculty Staff Club Lounge

The Harambee Scholars Program is hosting a luncheon for female-identified SDSU students involved with the program as well as faculty and staff.

Thursday, Feb. 8

Black Men's Healing Circle
4-8 p.m., Center for Intercultural Relations HerStory Room

The event is designed as a safe space for Black men to discuss how to manage, process and overcome negative relationships they may have experienced or may currently be experiencing in their lives.

Friday, Feb. 9

Brother to Brother Luncheon
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Faculty Staff Club Lounge

Similar to the Sister to Sister Luncheon on Feb. 2, the Harambee Scholars Program hosts the luncheon for male-identified students, faculty and staff.

Thursday, Feb. 15

Black Love
3-5 p.m., Scripps Cottage

The Student African American Brotherhood and the Student African American Sisterhood are co-hosting an event about the importance of community care and support.

Friday, Feb. 16

Harambee Job Fair
2-3:30 p.m., Templo Mayor

The Harambee Job Fair will inform students of career opportunities.

Film Screening: “Talking Black in America: The Language and Life Project” by Walt Wolfram
2-4 p.m., Storm Hall West 011

The Departments of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages is hosting a screening of the documentary produced by Walt Wolfram, a renowned sociolinguist. Wolfram, who has researched African American English extensively, will lead a discussion with Adisa A. Alkebulan, a SDSU associate professor of Africana Studies, after the screening.

9th Annual Hope for Haiti Event
6 p.m., Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union

Join the Black Student Science Organization and members of the SDSU community as we continue to gain a greater understanding of the challenges facing Haiti.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Lecture: “Spare the Child: How Whupping Won't Save Black America” by Stacey Patton
6-8 p.m., Hepner Hall 140

Raised by abusive adoptive parents and shuttled from numerous foster homes and youth shelters throughout New Jersey, Stacey Patton is now an award-winning journalist, author, historian, college professor, motivational speaker and passionate children’s advocate. The event is sponsored by: the Departments of Africana Studies, Child and Family Development, Women's Studies and Chicana and Chicano Studies; the Division of Student Affairs; the Office of Special Projects in the College of Education; the School of Social Work; and the Community Based Block Program. The event is also supported by Student Success Fees. For location information and other details, contact Adisa A. Alkebulan, a SDSU associate professor of Africana Studies, at

Thursday, Feb. 22

Student African American Sisterhood Poetry Night
7-8 p.m., Scripps Cottage

The Student African American Sisterhood at SDSU hosts an evening of poetry.

Saturday, Feb. 24

Freedom: SDSU Choirs, Wind Symphony, and Orchestra
7:30-8:30 p.m., College Avenue Baptist Church - 4747 College Ave., San Diego, CA 92115

Associate professor Richard Thompson’s latest composition, “Freedom,” will be performed by SDSU music students at the College Avenue Baptist Church. Based off of Langston Hughes’ 1951 poem, “Harlem, a Dream Deferred,” Thompson’s “Freedom” contrasts with the optimism of “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Campus Dialogue: What's LOVE Got to Do with It? Money, Power, and Racial Oppression
4-6 p.m., Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre

A campus dialogue provides the space to critically examine one's own beliefs regarding personal identity while learning about others’ identities through dialogue and discussion. Learning experiences will include seminars, speakers, group activities, group dialogues. This event, hosted by the Center for Intercultural Relations and One SDSU, is designed to unpack the internalization of anti-Blackness while addressing steps to eradicate it.