Archive | June, 2012

Juneteenth 2012 at Trade

21 Jun

Juneteenth is an annual observance on June 19th to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. This day is an opportunity for people to celebrate freedom and equal rights in the United States.  The Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Black Faculty & Staff Association (LATTC BFSA) celebrated its first annual Juneteenth event with a campus-wide potluck luncheon.  Over 90 faculty, staff, and administrators fellowshipped together over delicious soul food ranging from homemade dishes and store-bought favorites like fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, homemade soulful coleslaw, chili, catfish nuggets, and chicken salad.  For dessert there were favorites like red velvet cake, banana pudding, sweet potato pie, chocolate cake, peach cobbler, pineapple upside down cake, and fresh fruit.  Admission & Record’s Carolyn Walker even blessed the event with down home pork dishes like grilled pig feet, chitterlings (aka “chitlins”), collard greens and cabbage, and hot water cornbread!  Many of the guests remarked that once in a while, this kind of eating was acceptable.  But of course, with the high rates of chronic diseases in the African-American community, this kind of eating can’t be an everyday occurrence.  So guests were also talking about ways to burn off the good eats.  In preparing for her upcoming nuptials, Lori Hunter of EOP & S and other staff members amended their daily stair exercise workout to two trips up and down, instead of one trip.  Another guest suggested following his meal with some ginger and citrus fruit.  And to burn off more calories, guests danced to golden oldies deejayed by Dean Derek Majors.

The Trade-Tech Black Faculty & Staff Association organized the event with the leadership of Linda Cole, VP of LATTC BFSA and Toni Johnson, Secretary.

The event took place in the TE conference room and was decorated with United States and Juneteenth flags.  At each table, there was a bottle of red punch, the Juneteenth flag, and a laminated History of Juneteenth leaflet, a keepsake for guests.  During the event, several short Juneteenth videos played and a compilation of photos from early 1900s to the 2012 LACCD Black Graduation Celebration ran on the big screen.

“This is the kind of camaraderie that strengthens the ties between the faculty, staff, and administrators, and creates a wonderful and harmonious working environment,” Ayesha Randall, SLO Coordinator, remarked.  “This was a beautiful event.  This is the foundation of a unified team environment–something that definitely supports and indirectly positively affects our students’ success.”  For more photos from the event, visit this link.

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The Etymology of “Picnic”

18 Jun

Several LATTC BFSA meetings ago, some members were concerned about using the term, “picnic” in describing our Juneteenth celebration.  Etymologists dismiss the claim that the word picnic derived from events in which blacks were lynched, and online sources like Snopes and Urban Legends support those claims.

However, the response from Dr. David Pilgrim, sociology professor and curator of Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, describes a different perspective.  He said that although “etymologists smugly dismiss the claim” that picnic began with the lynchings of black Americans, there is some truth in it, “as the lynchings of blacks often occurred in picnic-like settings.”  Read the whole response at  http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/question/jan04.htm and visit their archives for more interesting readings.

So, should we or should we not use the term?

Father’s Day at Trade

17 Jun

LA Trade Tech’s culinary arts graduate, Roosevelt Johnson, a GAIN/CalWorks participant and father of 4 sons, was the student speaker for the LATTC graduation, emcee for the Black History Month Village, and was featured on NBC on Friday, June 15, 2012 as one of their Fathers’ Day success stories.  Thanks to Linda Cole, LATTC GAIN/CalWorks director and LATTC BFSA vice president, who was instrumental in helping to bring light to this resilient individual.  Visit this link for the write up and the inspirational video.

Below, see the video that Ayesha Randall dedicated to all of the BFSA fathers:

 

 

2012 LACCD Black Graduation Celebration

7 Jun

On May 31, 2012, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College hosted the 2nd Annual Black Graduation Celebration.  Over 500 attendees came out to LACCD’s 2nd Annual Black Graduation Celebration held this year at LA Trade Tech College.  The Black Graduation Ceremony is a pre-commencement celebration to honor African American students who through unyielding determination have successfully completed their Associate’s degree from a college within the Los Angeles Community Colleges District.  The event recognizes their accomplishment and provides an opportunity for graduates to honor significant people who have helped them achieve their goal. Students are honored together in one setting, and their families also get the opportunity to celebrate their hard work and dedication. The ceremony reinforces the bonds of scholarship and extends the sense of community. The intimate ceremony is representative of African and African American culture and begins with a scriptural reading, libation ceremony, the singing of the Black National Anthem, and culminates with a Kente Stole drapings and certificate presentations.

This year, the Black Graduation Ceremony was held at Trade, but it was a district-wide gathering that encouraged the celebration of the black graduates throughout all campuses. Dr. Yasmin Delahoussaye, Vice Chancellor for Educational Programs and Institutional Effectiveness represented the district as graduating students were recognized and draped with kente stolls. Administrators, faculty, staff, and students were on hand to make the day even more special.  LA Trade Tech counselor Deborah Campbell was honored for her commitment to the LATTC Black Student Union and the 2012 Black Graduation, as well as her daily work on behalf of students.  The LACCD Black Faculty & Staff Association gave over $1,000 to selected graduates. Finally, everyone exited to the grassy area near Magnolia Hall for great food, fellowship, and jazz.  For more photos from this event, visit this link.