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BSFO Black History Month events continue this week

The UCOP Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) Black History Month events continue this week with the Californian Black Trailblazers event series. Explore the rich history of African-Americans in the Golden State through this event series featuring Black Californians who led the way in politics, history and culture.

All colleagues are encouraged to attend and participate in these events! For questions about these events, please contact BSFO Chairs Joyce Price and Roni Wilson.

All listings reflect Pacific Time. Participants will need to be logged in to an authenticated Zoom account to join the events.

The Allensworth Schoolhouse, built in 1912Allensworth State Historic Park Virtual Tour
Feb. 14, 12 – 1 p.m.
Allensworth Zoom link
Mr. Solwazi, from Friends of Allensworth, will walk us through a virtual presentation on the establishment and history of the first Black town founded and funded by descendants of Black American slaves.




"Summer of Soul" film poster“Summer of Soul” Film Screening
Feb. 15, 3 – 5 p.m.
Summer of Soul Zoom link
Join BSFO in watching “Summer of Soul,” a documentary film about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson.





Blacks in Tech
Feb. 16, 1 – 2 p.m.
Blacks in Tech Zoom link
Join our panelists as they discuss technology and African-American representation pertaining to historic contributions made throughout California. This event will feature Marsha Evens, UC Merced, and Marie Sylla, Amazon EDI.



Celebrating 50 Years of Hip-Hop
Feb. 17, 1 – 2 p.m.
Hip-Hop Zoom link
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of hip-hop, join our panelist discussion on the musical influence Blacks have contributed to Californian culture. This event will feature:
• H. Samy-Alim, professor and David O. Sears Presidential Endowed chair in the Division of Social Sciences, UCLA. He is faculty director of the UCLA Hip Hop Initiative and the author of several books and papers on hip-hop culture.
• Pen Hershaw, host of the radio series “Rightnowish” on KQED-FM and the author of “OG Told Me,” a memoir about growing up in Oakland.
• Lionel Bea, 37-year entertainment executive and Too $hort’s former manager


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