Black History Month 2013-14
In honor of Black History Month, BCC Campus Life hosted free film showings every week of February in the auditorium. Films commemorating the contributions and efforts of African American leaders were screened during college Hour starting at 12:15pm and going until completion.
Malcolm X documents the influence and ideals of political leader Malcolm X. This film was masterfully directed by Spike Lee and many students were excited that it was being shown, with a good turnout to watch the film.
The Butler, chronicling the life of Cecil Gaines, who eye witnessed notable events of the 20th century during his 34 year tenure as a white house butler, was shown as well. Student attendance was strong and the response to the film positive.
Ray depicts the life of Ray Charles, the extraordinary pianist who changed the face of music forever in the US and abroad. Another artistically presented film of an empowering innovator, the screening was met with anticipation and enjoyment.
Ali, the story of Muhammad Ali, shows the triumphs of a leader in the world of boxing as he battles his rivals and prejudice in the heart of the civil rights movement.
These films were brought to the Berkeley City College community courtesy of the Office of Campus Life—dedicated to connecting your classroom experience to the community and activities outside the classroom and empowering and inspiring us all.
Black History Month Community Perspectives
February 1-28th, 2014
The collage was a project taken up by the Campus Life staff during Black History Month to allow a platform for students’ voices to be heard. Many students participated by writing their answers to the question: “What does Black History Month mean to you in the 21st century?” These boards, placed around campus, engaged our school in contemporary perspectives of identity and empowerment. The boards recognized the efforts and contributions of African Americans historically and presently to reflect the hard work and dedication of these communities. It was an excellent opportunity to hear the unique perspectives of our students at Berkeley City College and to create a medium of expression and communication with the community. The collage (pictured below) is constructed from students’ input on the posters to represent the voices on campus.
Professor Mary Webb hosted Living Room Revolution: The Race Dialogues in the Atrium of BCC on February 24th, 2014 and has been running this event in her own living room since 2000. A circle of about 20 participants gathered to open up this critical discourse on the issues of race and racism. Rows of seating further back were filled with spectators as individuals in the circle shared their experiences of mistreatment in society, especially in education. As part of the Black History Month events, this was crucial to explore educational experiences and promote awareness of multi-cultural issues that persist today.
Author and Professor Dr. Keenan Norris Speaks at Berkeley City College
February 27th, 2014
At a presentation in the BCC auditorium, Dr. Keenan Norris read passages from and discussed his new book Brother and the Dancer, as well as conversing on the importance of street literature. He is a teacher of English, African-American Literature, and Basic Skills Courses at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose. His book is a gritty coming-of-age tale depicting the class divide of two Black teens growing up in Southern California. This street literature genre brings up the discussion of urban, inner-city landscapes to represent the real daily struggles of youth in these environments. His talk brought this perspective as well as his unique presence to the campus to empower the African American community.