Tag Archives: Black Graduation

2014 LACCD Black Graduation Celebration

4 Jun

blackgrad2014-2On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, the 2014 Los Angeles Community Colleges District Black Graduation Celebration took place at Cougar Field at Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC). This year’s theme was “A Cultural Celebration of Academic Achievement.”

This year’s committee was co-chaired by Dr. Tangelia Alfred and  Chauncine Stewart.  All nine of the Los Angeles Community Colleges District (LACCD) campuses were represented.  Los Angeles Southwest’s interim president, Dr. Yasmin Delahoussaye and LACCD interim chancellor, Dr. Adriana Barrera, welcomed the audience.  

The celebration began with the Dembrehrah West African Drum Ensemble leading the processional to Cougar Field.  Rhodesia Jackson, an LASC student, gave the libation.  Linda Cole, chaplain of the Los Angeles Community Colleges District Black Faculty and Staff Association (LACCD BFSA) gave the opening prayer.  Actress, performer, director, writer and activist, T’Keyah Crystal Keymah from In Living Color and That’s So Raven, led the Negro National Anthem.

Dr. Lawrence Bradford, LASC Vice President of Academic Affairs, spoke about the purpose of the Black Graduation Celebration.  There were words from LACCD Trustee, Mike Eng and ASO president and future LACCD student trustee, LaMont Jackson.  Dr. Ayesha Randall from Los Angeles Trade-Technical College introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Corliss Bennett-McBride, the director of the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs at University of Southern California, who gave a spirited talk encouraging graduates to prepare for the next chapter of their lives. Continue reading

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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.

Spring Fling 2012 Membership Drive

1 Mar

LATTC BFSA President Coach Richard Wells and Vice President, Linda Cole held Trade’s First Annual Spring Fling Membership Drive with over 40 guests present.  Current and potential members were provided information from the Faculty Union Guild President Carole Anderson and Staff Chapter President Lori Hunter.  Also, Academic Senate President Lourdes Brent updated the group on the latest information regarding the Foundation and other campus news.  LACCD BFSA President, Elton Robinson gave a motivational talk about the District’s goals, membership drive, and need for volunteers.  The new website, BFSA meetup group, and online membership process was presented by Ayesha Randall.  BSU Advisor, Deborah Campbell, spoke about the upcoming District Black Graduation.  For photos from the event, visit this link.