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CSUSM Honors African American People and Culture during Black History Month

By Katie Chappell

In observance of Black History Month, CSUSM is hosting events throughout February that highlight and honor African American culture and accomplishments, including a movie screening, a cultural festival, a natural hair show and a guest lecture from author Stephanie Covington Armstrong.

The theme of CSUSM’s Black History Month is “And Still We Rise: A Celebration of Black and African American People and Culture.” The title is inspired by a Maya Angelou poem entitled Still I Rise.

”Despite the challenges faced by the black community, especially after recent events in Ferguson, MO, Staten Island, NY and elsewhere in the nation, our students wanted a theme that would uplift and empower,” said Floyd Lai, director of the Cross-Cultural Center (C3) at CSUSM, which is co-hosting the month-long celebrating with the Black Student Union.

Student organizers hope that the Black History Month events at CSUSM will provide a more complex and rich view of black Americans than what some may witness in the media.

A complete schedule of events can be found on their webpage.