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 2021 Black History Month Celebration.

University of the Pacific's Black History Month Planning Committee presents the 2021 Black History Month Celebration! The events, which will all be held virtually, include our keynote speakers Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana, members of the Exonerated 5, whose stories were shared in the award-winning Netflix documentary, When They See Us. Other highlights include a lecture by former first partner of Stockton, Anna Malaika Tubbs, author of The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation, a performance by Step Afrika! - one of the top African-American dance companies in the nation who recently performed at the inauguration of President Biden and VP Kamala Harris, NSBE Engineering Panel, master class with music producer Teak Underdue from Hallwayz Productions, ASuop Women Entrepreneurs panel , ASuop Brickyard concert featuring Yasmin Monet Watkins, a discussion of the documentary, The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, with the filmmaker Keith Beachamp-hosted in conjunction with McGeorge School of Law Diversity Week, and a community services event collaboration between Alpha Phi Omega - Alpha Alpha Xi chapter, White Coats 4 Black Lives and the American Diabetes Association. 

Yusef and Raymond
An Evening with Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana

Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana, two members of “The Exonerated Five”, are the Keynote Speakers this year. Their stories along with the remaining three members who were wrongfully convicted of crimes were featured in the groundbreaking and award-winning 2019 Netflix production When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay. They will be in conversation with Tracy Simmons, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, McGeorge School of Law, via the university’s livestream on Feb. 17, 2021, 6 p.m. PST.   The lecture is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is required. 

The Music Business: Teak Underdue

Students will be in conversation with Teak Underdue of Hallwayz Productions. In a career spanning almost two decades, Stockton residents and brothers, Teak and Dee, have produced four top 10 albums on Billboard's "Hot 200 Albums Chart" and seven albums on Billboard's "Top 10 Hip-Hop/R & B Chart". via the university’s livestream on Feb. 3, 2021, 9:30 a.m. PST

Anna Malaika Tubbs
A Conversation with Author Anna Malaika Tubbs

Anna Malaika Tubbs, author of The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation. She’s the former first partner of Stockton (2016-2020). Tubbs is a PhD candidate in Sociol­ogy at Cambridge University, where she also earned an MA in Multi­dis­cipli­nary Gender Studies. Her undergraduate degree in Anthro­pology is from Stanford University. Via the university’s livestream on Feb. 11, 2021, 10 a.m. PST

Celebration by Step Afrika!

Step Afrika!'s Celebration of African American History explores the richness and diversity of African American life through the eyes of one America's most renowned dance companies. A collection of digital content all filmed and created in 2020 will provide viewers with a unique way to mark Black History Month while deepening understanding of little known moments in African American story.