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Black History Month February 2019

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. University of the Pacific and San Joaquin Delta College are partnering to present the 2019 Black History Month Celebration. 

Download the full calendar here.

Postponed: Clint Smith, Black History Month Keynote Speaker 

Unfortunately, due to an unforeseen family emergency, this event must be postponed. We are working to reschedule it and will announce a new date as soon as possible.  

Keynote speaker Clint Smith, award-winning author and poet
Clint Smith, a writer, teacher and Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University is the keynote speaker this year. He will present a lecture at the Faye Spanos Concert Hall on the Stockton Campus at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13. The lecture is free and open to the public.  

Smith is a recipient of fellowships from the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the National Science Foundation. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, the Harvard Educational Review and several other publications. His first full-length collection of poetry, Counting Descent, published in 2016, won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.

Tribute to Aretha Franklin with the Hamiltones
On Feb. 8, Grammy-nominated musical group, the Hamiltones, will perform a tribute to the late music icon Aretha Franklin. The concert will be held at the Warren Atherton Auditorium at San Joaquin Delta College at 6 p.m.

Originally from North Carolina, the trio of singers became widely known as background singers for R & B superstar Anthony Hamilton. The group became a viral video sensation after releasing videos of several cover songs, appearances on late night TV shows and backstage footage of Anthony Hamilton's recent tour. The videos showcased the group's beautiful harmonies and creative sense of humor as they wove hilarious commentary into every video. The Hamiltones released an EP on Soundcloud that has been reviewed as; "original compositions, each highly melodic, rhythmically interesting, and vocally powerful. Quality songwriting being what it is of late in pop music, it's thrilling to hear well-crafted compositions that are as much a songwriting showcase as they are vocal showcases."

Other events on the Delta College campus include:

  • A spoken word poetry reading
  • A tribute to Aretha Franklin's fashion influence
  • A soul food meal in Upper Danner Hall
  • A display in the South Forum about the accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps, a precursor of the U.S. Air Force.

Other events at University of the Pacific's Stockton Campus include:

Sacramento Campus events:

  • A special film viewing on the Sacramento Campus will be hosted by the McGeorge School of Law Black Law Students Association at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in conjunction with that campus's Diversity Week activities.

For more information on these and other events, visit Calendar.Pacific.edu

For more information about the events at San Joaquin Delta College, please contact James Forte (jforte@deltacollege.edu).  

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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 monthlong 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 monthlong celebration in February organized by Pacific's Black History Month Planning Committee.