The LACCD BFSA supported the Department of Pan-African Studies’ 7th Annual Forum celebrating 45 years of its program. The theme of the program was “The Indispensability of Black Studies for Understanding the Falsity of Post-Racialism.” Dr. Cornel West was the featured speaker. CSULA’s Pan-African Studies department has been involved in a recent struggle to make their courses part of the General Education program. Read more here: http://www.fightbacknews.org/2014/2/2/fight-black-chicano-studies-continues-csula.
In support of the CSULA’s Pan-African Studies department, chaired by Dr. Melinah Abdullah, and of the scores of LACCD students who will eventually attend the university, the LACCD BFSA donated $500 toward the endowment of the Pan-African Studies Department’s Dr. C.R.D. Halisi Scholarship. The scholarship provides support to outstanding Pan-African Studies majors each year…those who reflect the vision, intellect, commitment and humanity of former department head, Dr. Halisi, who passed away in 2013. At the invitation of Professor Staci Mitchell, Dr. Ayesha Randall represented BFSA at the event.
For a glimpse of Dr. Cornel West’s talk, watch the short video and photo stream below by notable Los Angeles based photographer, Leroy Hamilton.