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What's Up: Black History Month

Contributed by Jim Lunsford

Vocal Artillery
Vocal ARTillery

For the second year in a row, the Oviatt Library will be joining with educators and artists from across campus to present an enlightening, entertaining, and celebratory series of events to coincide with Black History Month. A diverse calendar of programming is scheduled to run through the entire month of February. From a film screening and live music events on the Library’s front lawn, to open microphones and poetry readings in the first floor’s bustling Learning Commons, to faculty showcases in the Ferman Presentation Room, and special exhibits running in Music & Media and on the Oviatt’s new multi-screen Media Wall, there is undoubtedly something for everyone.

“The Oviatt is the perfect location for these events,” says Acquisitions Librarian and Black History Month event planner Del Williams. “The Library sits in the center of campus and provides services to students, faculty, and staff from every department.” In addition to the participation and support of faculty members from a variety of departments and disciplines, Williams says that CSUN’s Associated Students group is excited to be partnering with the Library to help present the kickoff event for Black History Month: an evening of food, film, and music on the Oviatt Library lawn.

Below is a partial list of the Oviatt Library’s Black History Month programming series.

book cover for notable southern californians in black history
Robert Lee Johnson's new novel
Notable Southern Californians in Black History.
  • February 3, from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., on the Oviatt Lawn:
    Food trucks, a live Jazz combo performance, and an outdoor screening of the film 42.
  • February 7, from noon – 1:00 p.m., on the Oviatt Lawn:
    A live performance by S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi Women's African Drum Circle.
  • February 16, from noon – 2:00 p.m., in the Learning Commons:
    A live performance by Vocal ARTillery and open mic.
  • February 23, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., in the Ferman Presentation Room:
    A presentation by Robert Lee Johnson the author of Notable Southern Californians in Black History.
  • February 28, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., in the Ferman Presentation Room:
    Faculty presentation with: Marquita Gammage, Africana Studies; Rachel F. Giraudo, Anthropology; Peri Klemm, Art History; Linda Alvarez, Central American Studies; and Yarma Velazquez, Chicano/a Studies.

Additional events running throughout the month:

  • What is Black? A curated series of video clips contributed by CSUN’s campus community will run on the Media Wall in the ASRS Viewing Room.
  • Music & Media Exhibit. A display highlighting African American materials from the Oviatt’s Music & Media Collection in Music & Media on the second floor in the east wing.
  • “I have a dream” – Martin Luther King Jr., speech will play on a loop in the ASRS Viewing Room.
  • “Take a Dream, Leave a Dream,” an open participation board in the Learning Commons.

Please check the Oviatt Library’s Exhibitions & Events page online for up-to-date information about all Library programming.