For more information, contact
Andre Singleton, Campus Life Director
Room 151, 510-981-2877
Berkeley City College Black History Month Schedule
College Hour (12:15 – 1:15)
- 2/1: Opening Ceremony (BSU) | Atrium
- 2/7: People’s State of the Union (Cleavon Smith) at 6 PM | Student Lounge
- 2/7 & 2/8: Film Screenings – “The Black Panthers” | Auditorium
- 2/20: Art Show (BSU) | Atrium
- 2/21 & 2/22: Film Screenings – “I’m Not Your Negro” | Auditorium
- 2/28: Closing Celebration (BSU) | Atrium & Auditorium
- And More!
The People’s State of the Union – Wed., 2/7 at 6 PM in the Student Lounge, 5th floor, Lead by Cleavon Smith
This Wednesday, we’re hosting one of many gatherings throughout the country for the People’s State of the Union. This event is organized by the US Department of Arts and Culture—a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. The following is a message from the USDAC.
“In January of most years, the President delivers a State of the Union Address highlighting the past year and suggesting priorities for the coming year. It’s a broadcast from one to many. But democracy is a conversation, not a monologue. Understanding the state of our union takes We the People reflecting in our own communities on our challenges and opportunities locally, nationally, and globally.
The People’s State of the Union is an invitation to join in hosting a national conversation in our own homes, schools, houses of worship, and community organizations.
In a year that’s seen more polarizing slogans and soundbites, more demonstrations and heated debates than ever, looking each other in the eye and sharing our stories matters even more than usual. In such moments, being able to cross political divides and remain in dialogue is a worthy challenge. Who are we? What touches our hearts and minds? What do our communities need, and what do they need to hear from us? We may know our own answers, but do we know each other?
As Citizen Artists we know that we must change the story to change the world. The People’s State of the Union is an invitation to dive in right here, right now. We can tell stories about challenges, about optimism and hope, funny stories and sad ones, angry stories and tales of longing. We can share moments of pride or shame. We can share moments of truth. We can listen deeply to the experience of fellow community members and they can listen to our stories. By doing these things, we can come to know each other.
The People’s State of the Union is an act of full cultural citizenship, where every voice counts and every ear listens. Add your story.
A Story Circle is a small group of individuals sitting in a circle, sharing stories from their own experience focusing on a common theme. Every story has a beginning, a middle, an end, and a teller. Imagine starting this way: “Let me tell you about the time….” Whatever story each person wants to tell is just fine. As each person in turn shares a story, a larger, richer, and more complex story emerges. By the end, people see both real differences and things their stories have in common. A Story Circle is a journey into its theme, with multiple dimensions, twists, and turns.”
Join us in the Student Lounge this Wednesday, February 7 starting at 6pm. After sharing food and drinks and experiencing the Story Circles, we will open the floor for open mic poetry.
Please invite students, colleagues, friends and family. The more diverse group of people sharing their stories, the better experience and community we create for ourselves and others.