The Los Angeles Community College Black Faculty & Staff Association (BFSA) is a member of the national organization (Washington, DC), the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH, pronounced, “uh-sawl-luh”) and the local branch (Los Angeles, CA), Our Authors Study Club. ASALH was established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Black History Week turned Month. For 95 years, ASALH has promoted the study of African American history and has provided the nation with a Black History Week/Month theme. Click here for a list of past annual Black History Week/Month themes.
Each year, BFSA celebrates ASALH’s national Black History Month theme with Our Authors Study Club and the City of Los Angeles. The 2021 theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. Hear about the theme from ASALH’s national president, and Harvard professor, Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham and download the executive summary of the theme here: 2021 Black History Month Theme.
Because of COVID-19, this year, we were not able to have our annual marquee event, The African American Heritage Bus Tour, that Our Authors Study Club has designed just for the Los Angeles Community College District. However, we have compiled a BFSA-supported list of local and national virtual activities and a calendar of BFSA-sponsored virtual activities that our colleges are offering. We have combined them into our very first 2021 Black History Month Virtual Festival.
You may do the activities on your own, virtually with a small group of friends, or online with the larger campus/district community.
As you reflect on the theme, we hope that you find these activities engaging, diverse, and interesting enough to share with various members of your own family in the safety of your own home.
Click on the video below to hear from the Harbor College Chorale led by Professor Byron Smith.
Monday, February 1-28, 2021
West LA College Black History Month Digital Display of African American Authors, Leaders, Activists, and More (WLAC Padlet page)
Thursday, February 4, 2021 • 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
California African American Museum (CAAM)
In Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, editors Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain have assembled an extraordinary chorus of voices that includes ninety writers. Encompassing a range of styles from historical essays and short stories to personal vignettes and fiery polemics, each contributor takes on a five-year period in the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present. Join Kendi, a National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author, and Blain, an award-winning historian, editor, and president of the African American Intellectual History Society, along with contributors UCLA Assistant Professor Kyle Mays and Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University Martha Jones, as they discuss this new book and the importance of community history. RSVP for Zoom instructions. Purchase the book from Eso Won Books. (CAAM)
Thursday, February 4, 2021 • 6:00 PM
Roundtable Discussion, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity” Moderated by Marc Brown, Co-Anchor, ABC7 Eyewitness News (OASC)
Zoom Login: ZOOMGOV.COM/J/1612859195
Meeting ID#: 1612859195 | Passcode: 196727
Friday, February 5, 2021 • 10:00 AM
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Our Authors Study Club present the LA City Virtual Black History Month Opening Ceremony Honoring Living Legends: Recording Artists, The Manhattans; Honorable Maxine Waters, US Representative for California’s 43rd Congressional District; Kizzmekia Corbett, Viral Immunologist Center; and Benjamin Crump, Esq., Law, “Black America’s Attorney General”
Zoom Login: zoomgov.com/j/1609569241
Meeting ID#: 160 956 9241 | Passcode: 810027
Wednesday, February 10-20, 2021
All Dolled Up: 40-Years honoring the diversity and uniqueness of the Black family through an exhibit of historic, artistic, and commercial black dolls. (William Grant Still Arts Center)
Friday, February 19, 2021 • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
We are Family: Using the power of DNA to Trace our African Ancestry | District employees are invited to join students in tracing their ancestry. BFSA will sponsor 1 student from each campus to trace their African ancestry. In a couple of months, we will come back together virtually and share our results. Watch these videos to get excited. (BFSA)
Friday, February 19, 2021, 12 PM-2 PM
Los Angeles City College Black Lives Matter Town Hall: Our Time for Change
Guest speaker, Dr. Bernice A. King will engage in a discussion moderated by CBS2 News Anchor, Pat Harvey, to commemorate and honor the legacy that African Americans left behind and to integrate the Nation’s moral obligations and change societal norms.
Friday, February 19, 2021, 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
Virtual Black College Expo
Students can get accepted on the spot to a member of the Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) family. In addition, college application waivers and scholarships are available for some programs. This opportunity is good for high school seniors looking for a college home and community college transfer students looking to transfer to a 4-year college. (thecollegeexpo.org)
Saturday, February 20, 2021 • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Finding Our Roots in African American History: A Conversation with Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Ticketed Event: ASALH)
Acclaimed for his scholarship, his documentary films about African, Afro-Latin, and African American history, and his popular television series, “Finding Your Roots,” Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has brought fascinating African American family stories to the wider public. ASALH’s national president, Evelyn Books Higginbotham and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will share thoughts and motivations in popularizing black History through the heritage of African American families and communities and their search for roots.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 4:00PM-5:30 PM
Join Harbor College Umoja and Associated Students Organization for a Black History Game Night. Questions from the popular Black Card Revoked game will be mixed in for extra fun and laughter. Bring your cell phone to play virtually on Kahoot! Prizes given to the top 5 players! Contact (310) 233-4348 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
From the Continent to the Americas: Foodways, Culture and Traditions in the African American Family | Watch the 20-minute documentary, “God Bless the Cook,” featuring Cordon Bleu-trained chef and LA Trade-Tech College professor, Roslyn Spence– In this film, Chef Spence introduces her greatest mentor and challenge: her mother. At 94 years old (now 96) , Edith Bell is still cooking, dancing, and sharing stories of when she cooked for Hollywood’s biggest stars. With two chefs in the kitchen, loving sparks fly between their big personalities and different life experiences.
Afterwards, join Chef Spence as she leads guests through a cooking demonstration of a healthy and clean twist on Hoppin’ John stuffed collard greens, a southern casserole comfort dish. Attendees may watch only or follow along and cook with Chef Spence and have a chance to show their work as well. Go to laccd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qd-GsrT4sGdOzgL2vku3NghidOgqAHmiQ to register in advance. For an ingredients list and preparation instructions, visit https://lattc.libguides.com/blackhistorymonth2021 or click the link below.
Friday, February 26, 2021 • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Taking Care of our LACCD Family: Black students are the minority in LACCD enrollment, but the majority experiencing homelessness | Trustee Gabriel Buelna and colleagues will share plans to hear student voices. (BFSA)
Friday, February 26, 2021 • 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
Family Reading Time: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Children’s Picture Books with USC Associate Provost, Dr. Camille Gear Rich
Join LA Trade-Tech Child Development professor, Dr. Rose Maina, as she facilitates a discussion with Camille Gear Rich, Esq. about diversity, inclusion and equity in children’s literature. Dr. Rich is the associate provost of diversity and inclusion at USC and the founder and director of PRYSM: The USC Initiative for the Study of Race, Gender, Sexuality and the Law. She also co-founded Diversity and Inclusion Awareness Week at USC and is the co-founder of Wicked Problems Practicuum, a cross-school program that invites graduate students from various programs to create think-tanks that partner with community and government agencies to collaborate on solving wicked problems affecting global mega-cities. Dr. Rich is widely know for her research on law, discrimination and identity formation issues related to race, class, gender and sexuality. Her research and teaching interests include constitutional law, feminist legal theory, family law, children and the law and the First Amendment. Dr. Rich graduated with honors from Brown University in 1993 and from Yale Law School in 1998.
Sunday, February 28, 2021 • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Black Family Sitcom Trivia | Join the BFSA in a Sunday fun day of trivia and scavenger hunts all around the topic of Black families in film and television. Start reviewing now! (BFSA)
(19) Shawn Leigh Alexander on Twitter: “2021 #BlackHistoryMonth Virtual Festival Celebrating the 95th Annual #BlackHistory Theme: The Black Family @ASALH @AsalhConvention https://t.co/S00tJayaHN” / Twitter