Los Medanos College - Black History Month


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The story of Black History Month began with Harvard graduate and historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson and prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland in 1915, when they founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH).  Committed to researching and acknowledging the achievement of African Americans and individuals of African descent, today this organization is known as the Association of the Study of African American Life and History or ASALH.  In 1926, the ASALH organization hosted the first National Negro History Week during the second week in February in accordance with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass.  This event was inspirational to academic institutions and communities across the nation, and as a result many local celebrations took place, African American history clubs were established, and performances and lectures took place.   

In the years that followed, mayors of some cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. In 1976 President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History month, calling on the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”


Please join LMC in celebrating Black History Month.


Copies of the flyer can be downloaded here: LMC Black History Month Calendar


Co-Sponsored by: the Student Life Office; C.A.W.S. (LMC student club); the Honors Club; the Black Faculty& Staff Association; the Transfer Center; and the Umoja Scholars Program.

Funding made possible by: the LMC Student Equity Plan and the Student Life Office.

Black History Month Events | Spring 2017


February 1, 2017: Black History Month Book Club LAUNCH | Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates



To kick off Black History Month, LMC is launching a Black History Month Book Club. Starting February 1st, students, staff, faculty and the community can register to participate in the book club by filling out an online registration form.The deadline to register is February 14, 2017.


The selected reading will be the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, and named one of the ten best books of the year, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.


Registration is now closed for the Book Club.


For more information on this activity contact: jastewart@losmedanos.edu

February 1 - 28, 2017: Library Display & Campus Bulletin Boards

Throughout the month of February the LMC Library will be hosting a Black History Month book display and Inspirational Quotes and Leaders on the Campus Bulletin Boards.


Feel free to stop by and consider checking out one of many books about or authored by African Americans, or reading inspiring quotes on our campus bulletin boards.


For information about the Library contact: 925-473-7570

For information about the Campus Bulletin Boards contact: 925-473-7554

February 14th, 2017: Black Lives Matter Panel 12:00 pm - 2pm in L109

LMC student club, California Association of Woke Student (C.A.W.S) and the Honors Club are co-sponsoring a speakers panel on the Black Lives Matter movement. The panel will include Dan Siegel, a local civil rights attorney in the Bay Area. Learn more about the movement from local activists involved.


For more information contact Marcelo Clark: mclark754@insite.4cd.edu

February 15th, 2017: Caravan to the HBCU Transfer Fair at DVC 4pm - 7pm

The Transfer Center will be organizing transportation for LMC students to attend the HBCU Transfer Fair at DVC. Interested students must register online to secure a spot on the bus.


Register here: HBCU Transfer Fair


For more information contact the Transfer Center: 925-473-7444

February 23, 2017: HIDDEN FIGURES- Movie Matinee & DISCUSSION at Maya Cinema at 2:00PM

Hidden Figures movie poster: 3 black women at NASA with a spaceship behind them


LMC's own Dean of Math & Science, Dr. A'kilah Moore, and MESA Program Director, Dr. Nicole Trager, will be leading a short discussion and Q&A on the film, Hidden Figures.


Hidden Figures is a movie is based on a true story, where a team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions.


Free tickets for LMC students, staff, faculty and the surrounding community to see the movie HIDDEN FIGURES.


Seating is limited. Interested parties must register by following this link:


Registration is now closed.

For more information contact: the Student Life Office at 925-473-7554


February 28, 2017: Black Wall Street and the Power of Ownership

Please join us for a Black History Month event in the Library Community Room from 5pm - 7pm.


We will be joined by Professor Evan Wade. Evan Wade is a professor of historyat San Joaquin Delta CollegeinStockton, California where teaches courses in African American History, United States History and World History. He is the author/ editor of the newlyreleased textbook, The African- American Primary Source Reader, From 1865-Present (Kona Press) which narrates the history of the Black experience in America through the words of notable black leaders such as Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Du Bois and Mary Church Terrell. An avid proponent of student success Prof. Wade has partook in statewide conversations focusing on racial equity and inclusion at California colleges. At Delta he is the advisor of the Black Student Union and a division representative for the California Teacher’s Association.  



Professor Wade will be presenting on Black Wall Stree and the Power of Ownership. He will give an overview of the history of this economically independent black community in Greenwood, Oklahoma, and the broader power of ownership in the black community today as it relates to self, education, and entrepreneurship.


Professor Wade's book, The African American Primary Source Reader, from 1865-Present (Kona Press) will be available for purchase at the event.


This event is sponsored by the Umoja Scholars Program

For more information contact: jastewart@losmedanos.edu


March 2, 2017: Trip to the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), 11am - 4pm


MoAd logo

The Student Life Office will be sponsoring a trip to the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) on March 2, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Interested LMC students and staff can register to attend online at: MoAD trip.


The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is dedicated to sharing the art and stories of our common African heritage with audiences from around the world.


The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is based in San Francisco Bay Area and plays a vital role in the local arts community.  MoAD is uniquely positioned as one of the few museums in the world focused exclusively on African Diaspora culture and on presenting the rich cultural heritage of the people of Africa and of African descendant cultures all across the globe.


For more information contact the Student Life Office: 925-473-7554