DAVIS – UC Davis attempts to close out Black History Month on a high note, hosting its Black Family Week of activities and discussions of artistic expressions, civil rights and cultural identity.
Black Family Week, being held this year from February 23-28, is a time to celebrate and bring awareness to the history and presence of the African Diaspora community at the UC Davis campus. These weeklong events consist of educational, social, cultural, and artistic programs enhancing the overall fellowship geared toward reviving the Black UC Davis community.
The event kicked off on Sunday with a Gospel Extravaganza hosted by Black Campus Ministries. Activities continue Monday, February 24 with a discussion titled “One Drop Rule,” being held in Room E of the Student Community Center from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Discussion will center around “being perceived by our color” and the light skin vs. dark skin issue.
On Tuesday, February 25, professor Dr. Sarah Lappas will present “Music, Meaning, Memory, and the Evolving Struggle: Sampling the Civil Rights Movement in Contemporary Hip Hop” from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Meeting Room D of the Student Community Center. Visitors can also hear from Maurice Carney, the Executive Director for Friends of the Congo, as he presents “Healing of Africa” from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Carney will share a first hand account of genocide and human rights violations, specifically against women, in the Congo.
Other highlights include the student talent showcase “Soul Speaks” on Wednesday, February 26; presented by African Diaspora Cultivating Education (ACE), a program of the Student Recruitment and Retention Center, “Soul Speaks” is set for 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Natural Hair Contest is also set for Thursday, February 27 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Black Family Week is a program of the Cross Cultural Center in collaboration with such groups and departments as the African American and African Alumni Association, the African American and African Studies Program, African Diaspora Cultivating Education, Black Student Union and Imani Clinic.
Typically Black Family Week and Black Family Day are held together in May. Organizers say the events, however, have been separated in order to observe Black History Month. Black Family Day will be held on campus, May 17 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sponsor and vendor opportunities available. For more information, call (530) 752-6620.