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Save the date: Black History Month in February

UCOP’s celebration of Black History Month will kick off at noon on Thursday, Feb. 5, with a Speaker Series in Franklin Lobby 1.

Special guest Dorothy Lazard, UC Berkeley alumna and director of the Oakland History Room at the Oakland Public Library, will speak on the role of African Americans in developing the city of Oakland.

The Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) will follow Thursday’s kickoff event with entertainment that all UCOP staff can enjoy at the First Friday breakfast on Feb. 6. You can get more details about the speakers and other activities that will be happening all month.

The BSFO is once again sponsoring the events, which will include two speakers and a display in the Franklin lobby featuring distinguished African American women who are UC alumnae.

Mark your calendar for the second speaker in the Speaker Series: On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Natalie Baszile, UC Berkeley and UCLA alumna and author of “Queen Sugar, a bestselling novel named a top 2014 novel by the San Francisco Chronicle and Salon Magazine, will speak and read selections from her book. More details will be published closer to the date.

Black History Month originated in 1926 as Negro History Week, the brainchild of Carter G. Woodson, a historian, Harvard scholar and son of freed slaves whose goal was to raise awareness about African American culture and achievements. Since 1976 Black History Month has also commemorated the events around the African Diaspora.

For more details, contact Reginald Hillmon at

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