Black History Month Explores 'Are We Free?'


Black History Month Explores  'Are We Free?'
The Kings and Queens Pageant will be on Feb. 21.
Founding member of the Black Panther Party David Hilliard will speak on campus Feb. 14.

February is full of events for the campus community at Cal Poly Pomona to help celebrate Black History Month.

The African American Student Center has partnered with other organizations to recognize this year's theme “Are We Free?” The events give the university an opportunity to acknowledge the progress, richness, diversity and contributions Black/African/African Americans have made locally, nationally and globally.

The African American Student Center works to promote these contributions through cultural and educational programs, events and celebrations in collaboration with black student clubs and organizations, the Black Faculty & Staff Association, students and community members and the campus at large.  

The following events are scheduled:

Tuesday, Feb. 5 – Black History Month at Cal Poly Pomona will commence with an opening ceremony at noon in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major. A panel of speakers will address the theme “Are We Free?” from a cross-cultural perspective.

Tuesday, Feb. 12 – The topic “AIDS: Made in the USA?” will be discussed at noon in the Bronco Student Center's Centaurus Suite. The guest speaker will address HIV/AIDS practice and policy and how they impact under-represented communities.

Thursday, Feb. 14 – A panel will address how stigma in the African American community has lead to the spread of HIV/AIDS, followed by a condom accessory fashion show. This Free 2 Love event will take place at noon in the Centaurus Suite of the Bronco Student Center.

Thursday, Feb. 14 – The Multicultural Council Quarterly presents David Hilliard, a founding member of the Black Panther Party. He is the author of “This Side of Glory,” which gives his personal account of the Black Panther Party. The book also highlights the life, legacy, and intellectual history of Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton, whom Hilliard shared a close association with since childhood. Hilliard is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major.

Thursday, Feb. 21 – The Kings and Queens Pageant will take place at noon at the Centaurus Suite in the Bronco Student Center. Attendees will learn about historical African kings and queens and their contribution to society.

Monday, Feb. 25 – The University Art Gallery will feature an art exhibit that highlights the “Are We Free?” theme. The gallery opening will take place at noon.

Thursday, Feb. 28 – An Elder's Reception will begin at 6 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center's Ursa Minor Suite. Students will have an opportunity to honor elders who have impacted their lives. This event is open to the campus but RSVPs are required. Contact La'Keisha Gilford-Beard at ldgilford@cpp.edu or (909) 869-5007 to reserve a seat.

Tuesday, March 4 – Reanae McNeal will stage a one-woman show uplifting women who have been marginalized. The event will take place at 6 p.m. in the Ursa Major Suite at the Bronco Student Center.

For information on any of these events, call the African American Student Center at (909) 869-5006.