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Black History Month February 2014

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Black History Month 2014
University of the Pacific's annual Black History Month celebration involves a number of activities that honor the history and heritage of African-Americans and the African Diaspora. Throughout the month of February, students, faculty and staff put on numerous events, including a keynote speaker, gospel concert, poetry reading, roundtable discussions and various guest lecturers. 

Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist and actor Common is the featured keynote speaker for the 2014 Black History Month Celebration.  On Saturday, February 8, 2013 at 7 p.m., he will speak and perform at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton.   Common has release 10 albums over the course of his career that feature a mix of poetry flow and diverse musical influences.  His film credits include Smokin' Aces, Wanted, Street Queens, Now You See Me,Just Wright, Happy Feet Two, and Date Night with Steve Carell and Tina Fey.  He is currently one of the lead characters in the AMC hit cable television western, Hell On Wheels.  Common is also the founder of the Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to youth empowerment, leadership and educational development, and creative expression. Buy Tickets Here

The closing event for the month's celebration is Gospelfest 2014.  On February 28, in collaboration with San Joaquin Delta College, Gospelfest 2014 will feature nationally acclaimed Gospel Artist and Stellar Award winner, Tye Tribbett.  His latest CD, Greater Than, debuted at #1 on the Billboard's Top Gospel Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart overall.  His music is reaching the hearts of sold-out multigenerational, standing room only audiences around the country.  Greater Than, his debut album with Motown Records, is his most successful album to date.  Tye Tribbett offers a message of hope and encouragement with an energetic performance style best experienced live.  Buy Tickets Here

In addition to these two main events, the month will also feature a poetry reading and discussion from Claudia Rankine on February 27.  In 2013, she was elected as a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets. She is currently the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College.  Her latest book, Plot, crosses the genres of poetry, dialogue and prose while exploring what it means to be human.  The event is free and open to the public.  http://claudiarankine.com/

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' students will conduct diabetes and high blood pressure screenings on February 8, 12 - 4 p.m. at local barbershops in Stockton.  This event will provide the platform for volunteers to educate, screen and refer attendees; encouraging them to become more aware of cardiovascular diseases and how to prevent them.

Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program (BBHOP)  Since 2006, the mission of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program has been to increase public awareness about health care disparities in under-served communities through culturally specific education, research and community based programs. BBHOP has developed key strategic partners around the country to address health care disparities in African American men.  BBHOP's goal is to screen over 500, 000 men by the year 2014.  

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us in our celebration.  If you have quiestions feel free to contact the Multicultural Center at 209-946-7707.

Pacific Black History Month Planning Committee Mission Statement
The Black History Month Committee will, through the usage of identified funds, collaborate within the University and local community to plan and execute a month long series of events and activities that support the overall goals of education and enrichment in relation to the contributions of peoples of African ancestry and culture to society past and present.

Origin of Black History Month
Known as the "Father of Black History", Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the celebration he called "Negro History Week" in 1926. Dr. Woodson selected the second week of February for the celebration because it fell between the birthdays of the famed orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the celebration expanded to include the entire month of February. Today, Black History Month is celebrated across the United States by people of all ethnic and social backgrounds. At Pacific, it is observed during a month long celebration in February organized by Pacific's Black History Month Planning Committee.