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Celebrate Black History Month at CSUSM

Media Advisory by Whitney Frasier

In observance of Black History Month, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is pleased to host several events, sponsored by the Black Student Union, that highlight and honor African American culture and accomplishments.

The Black Student Union is a cultural student organization that focuses on the voices of marginalized people groups—specifically black students. Together they aim to create a cohesive community where students can achieve academic excellence and resources to further their ability to be effective citizens in their communities.

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I Have a Dream March & Remembrance Open Forum

Thursday, February 4 at noon.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Building


The march will begin at the bridge near the Social & Behavioral Science Building, travel to Craven Hall and then return back to the University Student Union Amphitheater for the open forum.

African American Historical Monologues

Tuesday, February 9 at 7 p.m.


Cost: $3

Members of the Black Student Union will perform a monologue skit and recite poetry featuring acts of historic African American icons, such as Harriett Tubman and Madam CJ Walker, who have helped the advancement of black history and culture.

Black/Africana Studies Matter

Wednesday, February 17, at 4 p.m.

Kellogg Library, 5400 Reading Room


Presenters Dr. Melina Abdula, professor of Pan-Africana studies from CSU Los Angeles; Dr. Charles Toombs, professor of Africana from San Diego State University, and Dr. Sharon Elise, department chair and professor of sociology from CSU San Marcos will address the history and the role of Black/Africana studies in the California State University system, including references to the role of Black studies as a discipline in academia and its impact in relation to other academic discourses as well as referencing:

  • Black communities and access to higher education, marginalization of Blacks/African Americans/Africans on campus
  • Historical (foundational) role of Black Studies to Ethnic Studies
  • Black communities and access to higher education
  • Relation of campus/academe to contemporary issues and movements, e.g "Black Lives Matter," enduring poverty and disenfranchisement virulent anti-Black racism and students

This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Office of Diversity, Educational Equity, Inclusion & Ombud Services, Black Student Union (BSU) African American Faculty & Staff Association and the Department of Sociology.

Black History Month Festival

Thursday, February 18 at noon.

Kellogg Library Plaza


This event will feature dance performances, music and other campus organizations showcasing African American figures. Free food will be available.

Night of Recognition

Tuesday, February 23 at 8 p.m.

University Student Union, Ballroom

Free with limited spots available

Join the Black Student Union in recognizing select faculty, staff and community members for their support to the organization and the advancement of African Americans.

Sunday Dinner

Sunday, February 28 at 7 p.m.

The Quad, Tukwut Classroom


A formal dinner will be held in celebration of Black History month and to raise special awareness of African American’s contributions to the nation throughout its history. The dinner will be potluck style.

For more information contact Antaniya Fields, BSU advisor, at 760-750-8611.