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MiraCosta College Celebrates Black History Month

Oceanside CA— The Umoja Community will host several events and activities throughout the month February in a celebration of Black History Month. All events will be held on MiraCosta’s Oceanside Campus at 1 Barnard Drive, and are free except as noted.

Ebony and Jet Magazine Display
February 2–February 27
MiraCosta College Library, Bldg. 1200

The exhibit and lecture will highlight some of the minor stories published in Jet and Ebony magazines (1959-1979) that may not have made it into the history books. Who are the unsung heroes who contributed to the evolution from segregation to integration and the growth of the black community in the United States?


Who Killed Michael Brown? – An examination of the social factors that contributed to his death
Tuesday, February 3, 1–2:20 p.m.
Student Center Club Room, Bldg. 3400

Was Michael Brown killed solely because of his own actions or are there other important factors that may have contributed to his death? This workshop is designed to delve deep into relevant social factors that may have significantly contributed to the shooting death of Michael Brown by former officer Darren Wilson.


6th Annual United Black Student Conference (UBSC)
Friday, February 6, 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Student Center Cafeteria, Bldg. 3400

This event is a student-run conference open to everyone and is centered on issues relevant to the black community. This year’s theme is “The B.L.A.C.K. Print”, which stands for Building Leaders Against Controlled Knowledge. Free breakfast, lunch and t-shirts while supplies last.


How Does Privilege Work? An analysis of the structure that promotes privilege in society
Presenter: Dr. Bruce Hoskins
Tuesday, February 10, 1–2:20 p.m.
Student Center Club Room, Bldg. 3400

This workshop investigates one of the hardest concepts to teach regarding race and gender issues: privilege. Dr. Hoskins will relate the experiences of a particular oppressed group and concretely illustrate how power and privilege for the dominant group is structured into our society.


Ebony and Jet – A historical overview of their significance to the black community and beyond.
Presenter: Anthony Blacksher
Tuesday, February 17, 1–2:20 p.m.
Student Center Club Room, Bldg. 3400

This presentation will give insight into the creation of Ebony and Jet magazines and will examine their social, cultural and political impact across communities and generations.


Poetry Showcase by the Black Student Union (BSU) and the Performance Writers Club
Thursday, February 19, 6–8 p.m.
Little Theater, Room 3601

This will be a night of powerful poetry that you will not forget! Featured poets will be “Ant Black” (a.k.a. Anthony Blacksher), “The Professor” (a.k.a. Dr. Bruce Hoskins) and many more.


Hip-Hop and the Academy
Tuesday, February 24, 1–2:20 p.m.
Student Center Club Room, Bldg. 3400

When did hip hop become something you could study in college? How does an analysis of hip hop’s ideologies, theories and practices enrich the academy? What would it look like to construct a teaching strategy that embraces the knowledge, beliefs and values of hip hop? Come to this workshop and find out!


2nd Annual fundraiser, “Soul Fusion”
Saturday, February 28, 4–7 p.m.
Concert Hall, Bldg. 2400
Admission is $10 and $20 for VIP (includes reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres)

This culminating event will feature a silent auction and a jazz, gospel and R & B concert. Performers will include David Dredden & Undefeated, TJ Wilkins (vocalist) and MiraCosta College’s Frequency Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Matt Falker. Sociology instructor, Anthony Blacksher, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The silent auction will start at 4 p.m. and the concert will start at 5 p.m.

Tickets for the fundraiser are available for purchase at miracsota.edu/umojatix. For more information, contact Kate Coleman at 760.757.2121, x6933.

The Umoja Community seeks to engage, connect, educate, support and encourage students through a curriculum of math, history and personal growth courses to prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.