The Black Student Union, Department of Pan African Studies and Black Alumni Association will collaborate on activities that highlight the accomplishments and achievements of the African diaspora during California State University, Northridge’s annual Black History Month celebration.
This year’s theme is “Breaking the Chains to Create Change.” The month-long celebration begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, with an opening ceremony at the University Student Union Grand Salon. Highlights during the month include an address at 12 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, by author and political commentator Anthony Asadullah Samad, a political science and African-American Studies professor at East Los Angeles College. The event will include a voter registration drive. Members of black fraternities and sororities, also known as Black Greek-Letter Organizations (BGLOs), have been asked to attend.
Other notable events include a Rites of Passage Ceremony for men and women on Feb. 2, a poetry slam hosted by the BSU on Feb. 9, and the Harambee High School Conference on Feb. 24.
“We put on a month of events to spread information about our culture and race that we hold so dear to our hearts, to CSUN and the surrounding communities,” said Shanique Crutcher, president of the Black Student Union.
“We welcome this occasion to honor and recognize the influential pioneers of the global Pan African struggle as we commemorate their leadership and lifelong commitment to freedom, justice and equality,” said Marquita Pellerin, an assistant professor in the Department of Pan African Studies and liaison to the committee.
As part of the month’s observances, a memorial service is planned for Feb. 10 for Pan African Studies professor Eleazu Obinna, who passed away Dec. 20. Obinna served as chair of the Department of Pan African Studies in 1971, three years after the department’s founding. He also contributed to the department’s core curriculum. During his 40-year tenure at the university, he served in various capacities, including as chair of the personnel, curriculum and student-faculty relations committees.
For more information, contact the Department of Pan African Studies at (818) 677-3111 or email the Black Student Union at firstname.lastname@example.org.