Black History Month at Cal State LA

Black History Month


Celebrate the spectacular lives, amazing accomplishments, and historic contributions of Black people in the United States. 

Calendar of Events

February 2 — Black "Brunch"

5 – 7 p.m.
Golden Eagle Ballrooms

Register: Black Brunch

2023 kicks off in style! We're serving "brunch" catered by local hotspot BlaqHaus Noho. Dress to impress and get some pics with your crew at our photo booth. A special guest, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, will welcome us to the celebration.

February 8 — Bolekaja: Diasporic Pan Afrikan Discourse (Conversation Series) hosted by Pan Afrikan Studies

"Black History: Carter G. Woodson & Fugitive Pedagogy"
5:30 – 7 p.m.

Join on Zoom: Bolekaja
Zoom ID: 86755093022

February 9 — Racelighting, Black Joy, and the Black Experience with Dr. J. Luke Wood

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Golden Eagle Ballrooms

Join the Livestream

Register: Dr. J. Luke Wood Lecture

Dr. J. Luke Wood is an American social scientist, author, and a distinguished professor of education at San Diego State University. Dr. Wood’s research and practice agenda focus on advancing diversification and equity initiatives at schools, colleges, and universities. 

Please join us by attending this signature Black History Month event, as Dr. Wood shares his insight, perspective, and years of knowledge and experience in a lecture focusing on Racelighting, Black Joy, and the Black Experience. 

February 15 — Multiple Events

Black is Not a Monolith: Culture is Career Capital​
12 – 1 p.m.
Career Center

Register: Black is Not a Monolith

Culture is strength that also influences your career journey. Join us for coffee and snacks as we discuss how your cultural wealth is essential when navigating your career journey and achieving your goals.

Pláticas con Caribeñes
12 – 1:30 p.m.
U-SU Los Angeles Rooms

Join the Pan African Student Resource Center, Chicanx/Latinx Student Resource Center, and professor Rafael Gomez, of Latin-American and Pan-African Studies for Pláticas con Caribeñes; where we highlight Afro-Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans, and discuss their history and experiences as Black Latinos.

Black Excellence at Cal State LA

4 – 5:30 p.m.
Join on Zoom: Black Excellence

This event is an opportunity for conversation about the Black community at Cal State LA and how we cultivate the living and learning experiences of our Black Golden Eagles. This event will connect our current Black students, alums, distinguished faculty, and staff with our fall 2023 Black student admits, prospective students, and their families. Session topics will include campus support systems for Black students, academic exploration, student services departments, student involvement opportunities, and tips for academic and professional success.

Fiercely Creative Healing Arts; Oral Traditions hosted by Pan Afrikan Studies

1:40 – 3:30 p.m.
KH 5105
Lecture, discussion, and  workshop practicum

February 16 — Multiple Events

Are You Financially Fit?
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 385 371 6847

Join: Are You Financially Fit?

Dr. Porschia Nkansa and Dr. Charles Danso will present an overview of financial topics — basic financial awareness, personal financial plan development and investing — to put you on track to thinking about, setting and manifesting you financial goals.

Black Alumni Network Mixer
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Golden Eagle Ballroom Patio

Register: Black Alumni Mixer

Join the Cal State LA Black Alumni Network for an evening of conversations, networking, and fun! For more information, visit Black Alumni Network.

February 17 — Campus Climate Lunch and Learn: Black History Month (Staff Event)

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  
Location: Will be provided to staff in invitation email  

This event will spotlight two books "So You Want to Talk About Race" and "Why Are All Of The Black Kids Sitting Together in The Cafeteria" to kick off our staff working group book club. Join us for a brief introduction on the book club followed by a fun CSU-inspired Black History trivia over lunch. The book titles and trivia will provide an opportunity to learn more about Black Excellence with a twist of excitement. Individuals that want to participate will be invited to meetings over the semester to discuss the topics in the book. 

February 18 — Step Afrika! at Luckman Fine Arts

8 p.m.
Luckman Fine Arts Complex

RSVP: Step Afrika! 

Step Afrika! returns to the Luckman! The first professional dance company dedicated to stepping, Step Afrika! is one of the top ten Black dance companies in the United States! New Student and Family Engagement and the Luckman are teaming up to provide FREE tickets for current students and your family support members (while supplies last).  

February 21 — Multiple Events

Taste of the Diaspora

Part I: Food as Resistance
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
U-SU Theater

Register for Food as Resistance

Join Cal State LA alumna Sadé Meeks for a screening of “Food as Resistance: The African American Food Story,” and a Q&A session. African American food culture is often wrongfully stereotyped, shamed, and blamed for health disparities. That's why registered dietitian and founder of GRITS Inc., Sadé Meeks, is on a mission to reclaim the African American food story and highlight food's essential roles in African Americans' history, present, and future. The documentary is a blend of storytelling, nutrition, and culture. It celebrates African American foodways and demonstrates to viewers that food is more than just sustenance, it's our culture, it's our history, and it's our resistance. 

Part II: Food Trucks
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Farmers Market Triangle

Taste of the Diaspora continues with food trucks serving foods specific to diaspora countries.

Black Movement and Institution Builders in Africa and the African Diaspora: A Historical Perspective hosted by Pan Afrikan Studies

9 – 10 a.m. – Segment I
10:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. – Segment II
University-Student Union, LA Rooms

Join us in panel discussion and two-segment teach-in.

A Footnote in African American History — Don't Fear the M Word: Multiculturalism 1991 to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 2023

3 – 4 p.m.
Join on Zoom: Footnote in African American History 

This virtual talk will feature Carl Grant as guest speaker. A personal viewing will take place in Palmer Wing 2079 of the University Library's Special Collections Archival Reading Room. 

February 22 — Black History is Our History Fair

12 p.m.
U-SU Plaza

Golden Eagles, join Associated Students, Inc, (ASI), your student government, as we celebrate Black History Month with activities, games, giveaways, soul food, and prizes. Stop by to learn about different departments and organizations that further expand the opportunity and Black culture within Cal State LA. Let's honor and celebrate those who pave the way.


February 22 — Rec Day

12 – 4 p.m.
South Village Field

Golden Eagles, please join Cal State LA Recreation for the 2023 Recreational Sports and Fitness Day celebration to commemorate the founding of NIRSA – National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association – more than 70 years ago. 

Rec Day will feature interactive, inflatable football, soccer and basketball, wellness resources, and more!


February 23 — Crew Love: Pack the Gym!

3:30 – 7 p.m.
University Gym

Cheer on the women's and men's basketball teams as they take on Sonoma State during our Pack the Gym Night. Crew Love will be an opportunity to highlight our Black student clubs and organizations on campus as well as incorporate performances and food honoring Black culture.

Tailgating begins at 3:30 p.m. The women's game begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's game. 

February 24 — Discover Black LA

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Various locations 

Join Housing and Residence Life on a trip to explore and learn more about the Black community and culture in Los Angeles. Some attractions include the California African American Museum, the Museum of African American Art, and the Watts Towers Arts Center. Free to students. We will also provide transportation! Limited spots are available, please fill out Black History Month Field Trip form to reserve your spot.

NEW DATE! — EOP Art Walk Paint n' Sip​ 

March 6

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
U-SU Plaza

Due to anticipated inclement weather, this event was rescheduled to Monday, March 6. Wander through the U-SU Plaza for the Educational Opportunity Program's Art Walk Paint n' Sip.  Join an interactive painting workshop  by Artist Daryll Mitchell, meet world-renowned artist and Cal State LA alum  Mark Steven Greenfield, and watch Black Art muralist  Mike Norice paint live.  Sip on aguas frescas, coffee, or tea;  and appreciate works of art featured in the onsite exhibit. This event is co-sponsored through the University-Studen Union.

February 28 — Black Joy Red Carpet

5 p.m.
South Village

Register: Black Joy Red Carpet

Black Joy Red Carpet will bring Black History Month to a close by recognizing the outstanding contributions of Black students, staff, and faculty members. We will celebrate Black identity, leadership, achievements, and the Black Experience at Cal State LA! Light refreshments will be provided.

We will be recognizing staff, faculty, and students for their contributions to Black Excellence and Black Empowerment at Cal State LA. The committee will review nominations and present them at the Black History Month – Black Joy Red Carpet Event. Nominations dateline is February 15, 2023.

Pan African Film & Arts Festival

Side view of a large banner announcing PAFF in a dimly-lit room.

February 9 – 20

Cal State LA is proud to be a sponsor of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills and XD and the adjacent Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The art show features over 100 established and emerging fine artists and quality craftspeople from all over the Black Diaspora. The film festival features over 150 films from 40 countries.