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Celebrate Black History Month with speaker series and more

Natalie Baszile, UC alumna and author of “Queen Sugar,“ will speak at UCOP Feb. 17.

Natalie Baszile, UC alumna and author of “Queen Sugar,“ will speak at UCOP Feb. 17.

Join the celebration of Black History Month in February with a guest speaker series, film screenings and more, right here at UCOP.

The UCOP Department of Diversity and Engagement and the Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) invite you to attend two special events at UCOP.

  • Thursday, Feb. 5, 12-1 p.m., in Franklin Lobby 1:  UC alumna Dorothy Lazard will give a presentation about Oakland’s rich African American history. Lazard, who received her master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s School of Library and Information Studies, manages the Oakland History Room at the Oakland Public Library’s Main Branch. Lazard will share significant and little-known stories about the social, cultural, economic and political contributions of African Americans to the story of Oakland. According to Lazard, “There’s no way to capture all this fascinating history in one hour, so I’ll be limiting my talk to cover the 1850s to the 1970s.”
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17, 12-1 p.m., in Franklin Lobby 1:  Natalie Baszile, a UC Berkeley and UCLA alumna and author of “Queen Sugar,” will speak and read selections from her book. “Queen Sugar” was named a top 2014 novel by the San Francisco Chronicle and Salon Magazine. During the event, copies of “Queen Sugar” will be distributed in a free raffle. More details will be published closer to the event.

Light refreshments will be served at both speaker events. For more information, please contact UCOP Diversity and Engagement at

In addition, the BSFO will also have the following activities this month:

  • Friday, Feb. 6: Entertainment at the First Friday breakfast in Franklin Lobby 1.
  • Monday, Feb. 9 and Friday, Feb. 13: Film screenings of the documentary Hidden Colors. The screenings will be 12-1 p.m. in Franklin Lobby 1.
  • Throughout February: A display in the Franklin lobby will feature distinguished African American women who are UC alumnae.




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