Mesa College Black History Month Celebration (02/01/2021)

From: Thekima Mayasa <>
Subject: Mesa College Black History Month Celebration
Date: February 1, 2021 at 7:44:36 AM PST
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Greetings Mesa College Campus Community,

Today is the start of Black History Month 2021! As chair of the Black Studies Department, I’d like to take a moment to share with you our plans for this first virtual celebration. We’re  excited about hosting (and co-hosting) a variety of both synchronous and asynchronous events. I’ll be sending out our full Black History Month Calendar as soon as it is available. Until then, I wanted to make sure you had our first week of events and all synchronous events to place on your radar. As an added feature, we’ve included Padlet Links to several of our activities as a way for participants to connect, share comments and Mesa-nize their experiences.  Feel free to share our calendar of events and please encourage your students to attend (consider offering them extra credit).  The Black Studies faculty and I hope you will join us and wish you the best as we start a great spring semester.

Welcome to Mesa College’s 2021 Black History Month Virtual Celebration.
Thank you.
Thekima Mayasa, Ed.D.
Black Studies Department, Chair
San Diego Mesa College

Black History Month – Week 1 Events (Feb 1-5)
2/1 – February 1: The Story of the Greensboro Four (Documentary)
This remarkable documentary reveals the power of protest when four college students became friends, inspired one another’s idealism and activism resulting in what became a major staged sit-in on Feb 1st, 1960.  It also shows the burden of history and its enduring impact upon their lived realities in America.

2/4 – Reflections on the Rosa Parks Project at San Diego Mesa College (Video Montage)

  • Video Link – (will be available Feb. 4)

2/5 – Umoja Day – “Black Joy” (12 pm – 1:30 pm)
Students will discuss elements of finding, expressing & maintaining Black Joy in various aspects of their lives and lived realities

lack History Month – Synchronous Events (Coming Up) 
2/9 – West African Healing Drumming (11:00 am – 2:30 pm)
Master Drummer and founder, Yriba of Teye Sa Thiosanne “Keepers of the Tradition” African Drum and Dance Company provides an important presentation on the power of drumming in the building of community and healing of the soul with synchronizing rhythms and heart beats of the mind, body and spirit.

2/11 Centennial Anniversary – The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Investigation, 2020 with Dr. Phoebe Stubblefield (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm)
The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre (TRM) has a suppressed history within Oklahoma where many native and descendant Tulsans lack knowledge of its occurrence.  Dr. Stubblefield, a Research Assistant Scientist a relative of a survivor from the Tulsa Race Massacre provides a historical summary of the 2020 investigation and answer questions about its status while describing her role as the lead forensic anthropologist in the contemporary analysis of the hidden victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

2/17 – Agents of Change – Director Talkback w Frank Dawson (11 am – 2:30 pm)
Documentary examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to protests and Black Studies Departments, forever transforming higher education.  The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam War movements at a pivotal time in America’s history.

2/19 – Black Faculty, Staff, and Admin, Unity Gathering (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm)
Please join the Black Faculty Counselor’s Collaborative in an opportunity to celebrate and connect as a community.

2/20 – Ask Your Mama: The Langston Hughes Project (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Black Studies Panel Discussion, Project Video, Q & A
The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’s kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz”.

2/25 – Propelled by Protests Series Event – Empowering the Black Family (11:00 am – 1:00 pm)

  • Meeting ID: 999 7756 9651

2/25 – Eye on Black Studies: Celebrating the Legacy and Continued Mission of Black Studies (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

This concluding event center’s around all that’s been learned and celebrated during Mesa’s 2021 Black History Month events. There will be a time for reflection as we discuss the legacy and continued mission of Black Studies as we enter our 50th year anniversary of Black Studies at San Diego Mesa College.  This event will also include spoken word performances.

2/26 – The SEPIA Healing Circle (11:00 – 1:00 pm)

This is an opportunity for students to come together, express their feelings and discuss their experiences with racism in order to debunk the myths and confront the lies of white supremacy. This structured format encourages conversations that help participants reveal in order to heal.