Skyline College is proud to celebrate and honor Black History Month, a time dedicated to civilization and humanity.

This month began with a kickoff during College Hour on February 1 hosted by the Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC) and the Black Student Union (BSU), which included such activities as themed trivia questions allowing participants were able to win prizes that included “Black Lives Matter” tote bags and the books Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis and Black Girls Rock by Beverly Bond. As part of their fundraiser for the African American Scholar Society Scholarship, the BSU also showcased and sold Black History Month apparel. Following College Hour, Brothers Achieving Milestones (BAM) hosted an open house to welcome new and potential members into the space and share more about the program and its goals.

The second week commenced with a presentation by psychology professor Dr. Tony Jackson on “Dealing with Racial Stress,” which included a background on Black racial trauma, information on the negative effects of stress, and deep breathing exercises to help counteract stress accumulation in our bodies. Watch the presentation here!

On February 7, 2023, New Orleans-style brass band MJ’s Brass Boppers invigorated the campus atmosphere with exhilarating live music on the Quad, awakening spirits and eliciting a shared joy once lost to the pandemic, even if only for an afternoon. Children from the CDLC expressed this joy unabashedly with dance, an example that adults foremost of whom was Skyline College President Melissa Moreno soon followed. The Fireside Dining Room bustled with a vendor fair featuring treats like mochi donuts, homemade banana pudding and more.

As a nod to Black film and entertainment, ASSC & BSU has also scheduled a series of movie screenings throughout the month for the campus to enjoy. On February 2 and 9, The Woman King and Black Panther were shown. Please join us in the Intercultural Center on Thursdays at 3pm for the remaining films Blank Panther II: Wakanda Forever and an old school classic, The Wiz.

Upcoming events include a poetry slam by the Learning Commons, a walkthrough exhibit with BCE (Barb, Cosmo & Esthi), an entrepreneur spotlight and more. Check out the calendar here and the Black History Month Website here.

We’re so excited to announce the scholarship fundraiser has crossed the $1,000 milestone thanks to generous donations from the campus community!  We thank the college community for their support in attending these events as well as the amazing work by the various programs on campus to provide culture, knowledge, and healing events to Skyline College.

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