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Black History Month 2019

February 01, 2019 - 7:45am to February 28, 2019 - 11:45pm

Black History Month - What is Black?

A diverse calendar of programming is scheduled to run through the entire month of February.

Events in the Library

Charmaine Lawson and supporters
Charmaine Lawson addressing the CSU Board of Trustees surrounded by supporters.


February 21, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room

The Oviatt Library invites students, faculty, staff and the community to attend a panel discussion about justice and safety in the CSUs. CSUN Chicana/o Studies professor, Dr. Martha Escobar will moderate the panel discussion.

  • Charmaine Lawson (panelist)
  • Saharra White (panelist)
  • Justin Andrew Marks (panelist)
  • Dr. William Watkins (panelist)
  • Dr. Martha Escobar (moderator)
  • Malik Campbell (panelist)

As part of our Black History Month programming, the Oviatt Library invites students, faculty, staff and the community to attend an intimate and important discussion about justice and safety for black students in the CSUs.  We will be highlighting the stories of two CSU students, Quinten Thomas and Josiah Lawson, and how their families and communities are fighting to bring justice to their cases.  We will also provide an open forum to discuss ways in which students can advocate for their own safety and that of their peers.

See the #justice@CSU Event Page

Empty Your Pockets, Show Me Your Papers: Building Student Trust on Campus

February 28, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room

“Empty your pockets and show me your papers” are words that may unfortunately resonate with many of the black and brown students on our campus. Hate speech and threats scrawled on walls and left behind for others to find have increased the tension across campus. College campuses should be safe spaces for all students to learn and grow but as a microcosm of our society many of the injustices perpetuated in the surrounding community find their way onto our campuses. Students, faculty and staff are invited to join us for a frank and open discussion about student safety on campus and in the surrounding community. Our speakers panel will include student activists/leaders, police officers and the Dean of Students.

See Empty Your Pockets Event Page for more details.

Black History Month Videos, Slideshows, Book Display & more

Come check out our Media Wall in the ASRS Viewing Room, Main Floor, East Wing of the Oviatt Library

The Oviatt Library will be running a schedule of digital exhibits and videos on our Media Wall, located in the ASRS Viewing Room,

  • 50 Years of Photographic History Slideshow
  • Why does Black History Matter?
  • What is Black?
  • Black History Month Hall of Fame
  • I Have a Dream Speech
  • Loren Miller Slideshow

Other Videos and Podcasts

Looking for some great books for Black History Month?

See our Book Display in the Learning Commons.

Check out the Tom & Ethel Bradley Center's rich collection of photographs documenting 20th-century African American history in Southern California

Black History Month Events

Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye
Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye

Awakening Consciousness

Friday, February 1, 2019
11:00am - 1:00pm
Flintridge Room (University Student Union)

Black History Month Kickoff Legacy Lecture featuring Leslie Small, Ph.D. (Director, Producer, Intellectual) -- This is a free event.

Full Flier for Awakening Consciousness (.pdf)

The Fannie Lou Hamer Story; "I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired"

Monday, February 18, 2019
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall (University Student Union)

A one woman play written and performed by Mzuri Aimbaye.  This is a free event. RSVP at:

Full Flier for The Fannie Lou Hamer Story  (.pdf)

Life after Athletics

Monday, February 25, 2019
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Grand Salon (University Student Union)

Student Athlete Alumni Panel "Dream More Than Once." This is a free event. RSVP for tickets at:

Event Page for Life After Athletics

Full Flier for Life After Athletics (.pdf)

Make your space safe