Box Office

Schedule of Events

Also There: Unsung Voices from the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality Exhibit

Geisel Library - Main Floor
Geisel Library hours • FREE

This exhibit celebrates the March on Washington and stories of many of the organizers in the Civil Rights Movement who aren’t always recognized in textbooks and the dominant narratives about those turbulent times. The exhibit will be on display during the month of February.


Fantastic Fans from Africa & the African Diaspora

Arts Library & AAASRC / Geisel Library

Exhibit of fans from the African continent; North American “church fans” from throughout the 1900’s advertising black-owned businesses; fans with messages of the Civil Rights Movement & souvenir fans from around the globe showing the African diaspora. Exhibit open during all Library building hours.

Jan 27

Lytle Benefit Concert

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
3 p.m. • $50 per guest, $10 per student

Cecil Lytle, piano, will be performing Beethoven. All funds benefit Lytle Scholarships for first-year students from The Preuss School UCSD attending Thurgood Marshall College at UC San Diego.

Jan 31

“From Swastika to Jim Crow” film showing

CCC, Hillel, JAHC, UJS, BSU / CCC Comunidad Rm
12 p.m. • FREE

A documentary that explores the similarities between Nazism (Swastika) in Germany and racism in the U.S. South (Jim Crow).

Feb 3

Documentary: The Black Kungfu Experience

Black Graduate Student Assn / SSC Multipurpose Room
1 p.m. • FREE

This action-packed documentary chronicles kung fu’s black pioneers and heroes, exploring the intersection of African-American and Asian cultures. There will be a martial arts demonstration along with the film and panel discussion.

Feb 5

“Jazz in Paris” Global Seminar Info Session

Programs Abroad Office / Int’l Ctr. Oceanids Pavilion
4 p.m. • FREE

An opportunity to engage with Professor Cecil Lytle leading this summer program. Learn about the program's coursework, excursions, the steps to apply, and scholarship opportunities.

Feb 5

Film Showing: “Black is… Black Ain’t”

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center/ LGBTR Center
6 p.m. • FREE

Black is... Black Ain't is a 1994 documentary film directed by Marlon Riggs. It tells the story that the African experience comes in as many varieties and voices as the imagination allows, and that African Americans, instead of reaching for the narrowness of a single identity, should celebrate their diversity.


Plaza Café Presents: Memorable Moments of Music in Black History

Wednesday, February 6

Housing*Dining*Hospitality (HDH) / Plaza Café
Program: Noon-1:30pm, Lunch Served: 11:00am-2:00pm • FREE

Plaza Café hosts the 16th Annual HDH Black History Luncheon. Come and experience the celebration. (Menu available for purchase)

Feb 7

Lecture: “Africa, Meet China”

African and African-American Studies Research Center / Soc. Sci. Bldg. #101
3:30 p.m. • Pre-lecture refreshments at 2:20 p.m. • FREE

Professor Emeritus Anita Springs of the department of anthropology and African Studies and director of Sub-Saharan Africa Business Environment Report (SABER) Project, will present a lecture on Africa and China relations.

Feb 12

Documentary: “The Way of All Flesh”

Student National Medical Association / Liebow Auditorium
6 p.m. • FREE

Screening of the documentary that explores the life of Henrietta Lacks. Cells from her body, taken from her just before she died, have been growing and multiplying ever since. These cells have transformed modern medicine and have shaped the policies of countries and of presidents.

Feb 12

Theatrical Performance: Walking in the Shadows with August Wilson

Thurgood Marshall College / Visual Arts Performance Space
7 p.m. • FREE

Antonio Johnson will perform "Walking in the Shadows with August Wilson" in celebration of UCSD Black History Month. This one-man performance presents background on August Wilson the importance of blues music and how the Century Cycle stories are connected to his life.

Feb 13

18th Annual Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action & Diversity Awards

Equal Opportunity/Staff Affirmative Action / Price Center Ballrooms A & B
2 p.m. • FREE

The program is designed to recognize employee, students, faculty and staff and other members of the UCSD Community who have made an outstanding contribution in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity at UCSD during the past year.

Feb 13

Queer Black Social

LGBT Resource Center / LGBT Resource Center
4 p.m. • FREE

Let’s discuss our future, reflect on our backgrounds, and honor our present. Please note that this is a closed space for Black people to talk about queer issues.


Musical Concert: Joshua White & Spiral

Wednesday, February 13

University Centers Marketing / The LOFT
8 p.m. • $5 students, $10 general, $15 reserved

Joshua White and Spiral will be performing the music of legendary African-American jazz saxophonist, John Coltrane. Spiral features professors from our own UCSD music department - Professor Mark Dresser (bass), Professor David Borgo (tenor sax), the nationally acclaimed pianist Joshua White, and Michael Dessen and Duncan Moore. View Facebook Event.


“A Bourbon Street Affair” - Black History Month Luncheon

Thursday, February 14

Black Staff Association / Porter’s Pub
11:30 a.m. • $10 per person / $20 includes lunch and membership renewal through 6/14

Please join the Black Staff Association at Porter’s Pub for a special luncheon featuring traditional cajun and creole entrees including meat, vegetables, rice dishes, dessert and a cold beverage. Enjoy local entertainment and vendors while you dine and socialize.

Feb 14

Lecture “African Music: Power & Being in Colonial Zimbabwe”

African and African-American Studies Research Center / Soc. Sci. Bldg. #101
3:30 p.m. • FREE

Mhoze Chikowero, UC Santa Barbara, Dept. of History, explores how Africans used their music to critique colonialism and inspire a culture of resistance that helped to buoy the liberation war into a popular endeavor for self-liberation in the 1060s-70s. (pre-lecture refreshments at 2:20 p.m.)

Feb 15-18

Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC) Conference: Reclaiming the Reality – Black, Politics and Power

The Afrikan Black Coalition is devoted to serving and educating the black population across the University of California system. Student workshops, caucus sessions, community action project, and networking with other students across the University of California system. Registration closed.

Feb 20

“Politically Incorrect Cartoons” film showing

Cross-Cultural Center / Cross-Cultural Center Library
12 p.m. • FREE

A film and discussion on politically incorrect, racist, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic cartoons in the United States before the 1980s. This is the first of two programs looking at American cartoons that many of us have watched as kids and how cartoons today have changed, but still have the same features as those in the early past.

20 & 21

Ethiopian Singer-Songwriter Meklit Hadero in Concert

Wednesday & Thursday, February 20 & 21

ArtPower and African and African-American Studies Research Center / The LOFT
8 p.m. • Tickets range from $11 UCSD Students, $30 Reserved

Born in Ethiopia, raised in the U.S., this acclaimed singer embodies multiple worlds—from jazz and soul favorites, to the hip-hop and art-rock, to folk traditions from the Americas and her East African roots.

Feb 21

Afro-Caribbean Dance & Drumming Workshop

Social Sciences Bldg. #101
3:30 p.m. • Ppre-lecture refreshments at 2:20 p.m. • FREE

Back by popular demand! Gene Perry, Afro-Latin percussionist extraordinaire returns with his passion for the history and traditions of music and dance in this hands-on (and feet) workshop.

Feb 22

5th Annual Presidents’ Day Forum

Black Staff Association & Chicano-Latino Staff Association / Price Ctr. Forum
11:30 a.m. • FREE

The UC San Diego Black Staff Association hosts this annual event inviting guest speakers and campus community members to gather & share perspectives on the US presidency in a roundtable discussion format. CLICK HERE to RSVP


11th Annual Afternoon With The Stars

Friday, February 22

Black Alumni Council & Black Student Union / Cross Cultural Center - Comunidad Room
4 p.m. • RSVP ONLY

Wonderful opportunity to connect and re-connect African American Alumni with current students and community members. Alumni will be talking about their experiences while a student at UC San Diego, their career transitions and mobility, and answer questions from students that may touch on a variety of concerns that current students are facing. Enjoy your afternoon with our UCSD Alumni Stars!

Feb 22

Speaker Series: Politics of the Podium

UC San Diego Social Sciences & Humanities Library / Seuss Room, Geisel Library
12 p.m. • FREE

The Library will continue its speaker series for Black History Month and feature veterans and activists of the Civil Rights Movement who will discuss their experiences.


Celebration and Scholarship Fundraiser Jazz Brunch

Saturday, February 23

UCSD Faculty Club
10:30 a.m.
$5 UCSD Students (Student ID Required), $45 Non-UCSD Students, $55 UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni, $60 General Public ($65/Day of Event) Tickets may be purchased at the UCSD Box Office beginning January 29 or by phone at (858) 534-TIXS

Scholarship fundraiser includes Soul Food Jazz Brunch with performances by San Diego jazz legend, saxophonist and pianist Daniel Jackson with the advanced UCSD student jazz ensemble under the direction of Professor David Borgo, saxophonist Kamau Kenyatta trio, keynote speaker Alumnus John Wesley, recognition of student scholars, and silent auction.


Tenor saxophonist, pianist, and composer Daniel Jackson is a San Diego jazz legend, having played professionally since 1958 with Ray Charles, Buddy Rich, Willie Bobo, Art Farmer, Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Smith, Frank Butler, Billy Higgins, and Wes Montgomery, and others. Jackson is a La Jolla, CA native who, after a stint in the Air Force in the 1950s and a period in Los Angeles afterward, has never strayed from San Diego. He has mentored generations of jazz musicians in San Diego, including bassists Bob Magnusson and Mark Dresser, trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, pianist Mike Wofford, saxophonist Charles McPherson, flutist Holly Hofmann, and pianist-singer A.J. Croce. In January 2010, San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye officially declared the week of January 24 to be Daniel Jackson Week, and Daniel’s creative accomplishments have been recognized by the California Arts Council, the City of San Diego, and the San Diego Music Awards.

Feb 25

Film: Pariah

Video Production Club / Price Center East Ballroom
6 p.m. • FREE

The Racialization in the Media Lecture Series intends to bring awareness and education on the power of popular media and how it can shape how people view race, gender, sexuality and other forms of intersectional identities. In celebration of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, this quarter we are bringing in Miles Maker to speak on the production of the film Pariah (dir. Dee Rees).

Feb 26

Let It Flow… A Soulful Night at Sixth

Sixth College / PC East Ballroom
7 p.m. • FREE

Join us at Sixth College's annual Black History month celebration, “Let it Flow… A Soulful Night at Sixth." Guests will enjoy delicious soul food as they listen to spoken word artists. Once the artists are finished, we'll turn the floor over to UCSD students for open mic.

Sponsors Chancellor’s Office • Alumni Association • AAASRC ~ Bennetta Jules Rosette • UCSD Development Diversity Initiatives • Rady School of Management • African American Studies Minor Program • Office of Graduate Studies • Vice Chancellor of External and Business Relations • Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs • Division of Social Sciences • Vice Chancellor of Resource Planning • UCSD Extension • UJIMA Network • Cross Cultural Center • UCSD Box Office • UCSD Faculty Club • Black Staff Association • Dean of Physical Sciences • Dean of School of Engineering • Wells Fargo Bank

Special Thanks to: Creative Services and Publications and A.S. Graphic Studio

Very Special Thanks to all of the people who worked together to make all of this happen: 2013 Black History Month Planning Committee Members: Antigone Blackwell, Julie Dunn, Tamika Franklin, Pamela Frugé, Gail Gipson, Rebekah Harrold, Taniesha Higgins, Davyda Johnson, Elizabeth Macias (Chancellor Intern), Melanie Miley, Terece Moret, Stephanie Muldrow, Marcia Strong, Rubi Trevino, Beverly Ward, Edwina Welch, Ebonée Williams