Tag Archives: LACCD BFSA

7th Annual Pan-African Studies Forum at CSULA with Dr. Cornel West

7 Jun

Cornel West FlyerThe 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 and of the scores of 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.

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.

 

Pasadena Black History Parade 2014

15 Feb

OnochiePlease join the Los Angeles Community Colleges District Black Faculty and Staff Association at the City of Pasadena’s 32nd Annual Black History Parade and Festival on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 10am to 4pm.  It is one of the biggest and longest-running Black history parades in California. Our black history parades highlight African history, African-American culture, and are the only ones where you’ll see low rider car clubs, Buffalo Soldiers, Tommy the Clown, black fraternities and sororities, and Masons marching in unity celebrating our culture and history.

This year, the parade will feature the Pasadena City College Band and Herald Trumpeters, along with 76 additional entries, including musicians, dancers, equestrians, local youth groups, dignitaries and community leaders.  The Grand Marshals are: Gary Moody, community activist and president of the NAACP Pasadena Branch, and Shirlette Butler-Elder, childcare advocate and director of Butler-Elder Family Child Care.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the historic Charles White Park at Fair Oaks Avenue and Ventura Street in Altadena; then heads south on Fair Oaks Avenue before ending at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena.  The parade lineup includes city officials, community dignitaries, John Muir and Blair high school bands, drill teams, The New Buffalo Soldiers, Real Ryderz Bike Club, Altadena Unique Red Hatters, Majestic Car Club, African-American sororities and fraternities, and more.

The festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on the north side of Robinson Park at Hammond Street. There will be live entertainment for both adults and children, including performances by the female rhythm and blues band, Klymaxx and 2013 Pasadena Idol winner Tori Harvey. The festival will also feature local food vendors and free info booths.

We will meet at Charles White Park at 9:00 a.m. and will carry our LACCD BFSA banner.  All groups participating in the parade are required to be in uniform, so we will wear all black with kente cloth sashes.  If you would like to purchase one, we have them available for purchase for $10.

Visit The City of Pasadena or www.pasadenablackhistorycommittee.com for more information about the parade.  Email Ayesha Randall at randalak@lattc.edu if you want to participate.  Also, follow the following link to download a flyer:  Black History Parade Flyer for LACCD BFSA.

Black History Bus Tour

15 Feb

LA 1878On Friday, February 21, 2014 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, discover the 1781 African connection to the founding of Los Angeles; travel to the Bridget “Biddy” Mason Memorial and learn the history about the first African-American—a former slave—to purchase land in Los Angeles; learn about the history of the Watts Tower; view the Mother of Humanity sculpture and tour the Civil Rights Museum; learn about the black entertainers like actress Louise Beavers, Pearl Bailey, Hattie McDaniels (first African American to win an Oscar), Earl Grant (jazz organist), and Ray Charles, of “Sugar Hill” in the 1940s; visit the historic mural in the oldest black church in Los Angeles, First AME; and much more!

Leading us on this journey is Tour Director, Dr. Toni-Mokjaetji Humber, professor of ethnic and women’s studies at Cal Poly Pomona and member of Our Authors Study Club, Inc., the Los Angeles chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc., established in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month.

$10 for BFSA Members | $20 for Non-BFSA Members / Optional Soul Food Buffet Lunch at Dulan’s on Crenshaw for an extra $15 / RSVP with Toni Johnson at x 7111 or johnsotn@lattc.edu.  Click the following link to download a flyer:  Black History Bus Tour of LA.

This event is sponsored by Los Angeles Community Colleges District Black Faculty & Staff Association.  Speak to your Professional Development Coordinator for information regarding flex credit.

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.

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:

 

 

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.