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African American History and Culture Week

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Feb 24, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Rocklin Campus Several locations on the Rocklin Campus. Check the schedule of events
5000 Rocklin Rd., Rocklin, CA 95677
Jay Hester,
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Celebrate the beauty history and culture of African Americans. This event is co-sponsored by the Associated Students.

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Schedule of events

Tuesday, Feb. 24

9:30am-12:20pm (Fireside Room): A "Panther" in Africa - Charlotte O'Neal is a visual artist, spoken word artist, musician and activist. She and her husband, Pete, were members of the Kansas City Black Panther Party. He is in exile and they have lived in Tanzania for over 40 years. They have built a community center, school, recording studio and children's home. Charlotte works with young hip hop musicians from all over East Africa and plays a number of traditional African instruments. A documentary was made about her life entitled: "Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush".

12:30pm-1:50pm (D-12):  Film "Not Just a Game: Power, Politics and American Sports" - We've been told again and again that sports and politics don't mix, that games are just games and athletes should just 'shut up and play.' But according to Nation Magazine sports editor Dave Zirin, this notion is just flat-out wrong. In 'Not Just a Game', Zirin argues that far from providing merely escapist entertainment, American sports have long been at the center of some of the major political debates and struggles of our time. The result is as deeply moving as it is exhilarating: nothing less than an alternative history of political struggle in the United States as seen through the games its people have played. 

2:00pm-3:20pm (Fireside Room): Straight Out Scribes - Dr. V.S. Chocheze and Staajabu are a unique mother and daughter poetry team known as "Straight Out Scribes." They have read their original work at numerous venues in California and nationally. They are widely published, have received many honors and awards and have self-published six books of poetry and two CD compilations. In addition to their writing and performance accomplishments, this mother daughter poetic duo has produced and coordinated many consciousness-raising events and fundraisers in Sacramento since they first decided to make it their home in 1991. They are often referred to as activist poets.

The highlight of African American History and Culture week, will be a presentation by social psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt. In her own words: "My research is on race and inequality. I am especially interested in examining race and inequality in the criminal justice context. My most recent research focuses on how the association of African Americans with crime might matter at different points in the criminal justice system and how this association can affect us in surprising ways."

Dr. Eberhardt will speak in the Dietrich Theatre on the Rocklin Campus on Thursday, February 26, from 12:30-1:50 pm. There is no admission fee for this presentation.

For more information, contact Professor Jay Hester at:

Sponsored by: Associated Students, Umoja

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