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Black History Month February 2020

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  presents the 2020 Black History Month Celebration.

Download the full calendar here. 

Keynote speaker Lauren Ridloff, Tony Award® - nominated 

Broadway award winning actress and television star, Lauren Ridloff, is the Keynote Speaker for the 2020 Black History Month Celebration at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She will present a lecture at the Faye Spanos Concert Hall on February 21, 2020, 7:00 PM. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Lauren Ridloff stars as Makkari in the upcoming Marvel film, The Eternals, opposite Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Kumali Nanjani. She will be the first deaf superhero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ridloff is also a series regular on one of TV’s most popular shows, The Walking Dead. She was nominated for a Tony Award last spring for Lead Actress in a Play for her Broadway debut in Children of a Lesser God. She was called a “sensational find” by Ben Brantley of the NY times and credited with a “blistering, knockout debut” by the Times’ Jesse Green. She recently guest starred on NBC’s New Amsterdam and The CW’s Legacies. Ridloff has supporting roles in the upcoming indies The Magnificent Meyersons and Sound of Metal, after appearing in Todd Haynes’ Palme D’Or-nominated Cannes film, Wonderstruck.

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

  • Pacific’s Step Team performs at halftime during the Pacific Men’s Basketball Game in the Alex G. Spanos Center on Feb. 13.
  • Black Student Union Dance (open to all Pacific students) in the DeRosa Center Ballroom on Feb. 15.
  • Soul Food: Faith, Food, Fellowship gathering in DeRosa Center Ballroom B on Feb. 6
  • Film Screening of Waves in the Janet Leigh Theatre February 20-22 (doors open at 7:30PM, movie starts at 8PM).
  • Film Screening of Malcom X in the Janet Leigh TheatreFebruary 27-29 (doors open at 7:30PM, movie starts at 8PM).

Other events at in the surrounding area we are supporting include:

  • Gospel Recording Artist Karen Clark Sheard will be in concert at Greater Christ Temple on February 8. Ticket can be purchase here
  • Join the Sacramento Valley Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. for its annual Sweet Potato Festival at the Samuel and Bonnie Parnell Community Cente On February 8.

For more information on these and other events, visit



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.