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Ethnic Studies

Black History Month

Black History Month 2016 Kicks Off in early February. This year's theme: Our Voices Matter: Centering Blackness focuses on bringing black voices from margin to center in critical sectors like education, politics, business, health and reproductive justice, and environmental justice.

Toyon Meadow, Month of February

Kick Off
12:15–1:00 pm, Wednesday, February 3, 2016, Suzanne Adams Plaza
A celebration of Black History with music and food.

Reclaiming Nature: A Panel Discussion with Outdoor Afro and Urban ReLeaf
4:00-6:00 pm, Wednesday, February 3, 2016, Student Union
Rue Mapp and Kemba Shakur will discuss connections to the natural world and how blacks and people of color can claim and hold space in ensuring access and stewardship.

Connection with Nature
11:00 am-2:00 pm, Saturday, February 6, 2016, off campus
An activity with OUtdoor Afro and Urban ReLeaf that focuses on getting out into the natural world to experience its wonder and assist in its stewardship. Lunch provided. To register, email

The Black Mozart: Enlightening the Enlightenment
11:00 am-12:15 pm, Tuesday, February 9, 2016, Faculty Lounge
Scholar Nalini Ghuman puts the record straight on the contributions of black classical musicians. In this special session of her course on music in the Classical Era, she explores the remarkable life and music of Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the son of a slave who ended up being one of the finest violinists, composers, and swordsmen in Europe. He also led the first all black regiment during the French Revolution against the King, whilst teaching music to Marie Antoinette.

National Black MBA Association at Mills Pot Luck
6:00 pm-7:30 pm, Tuesday, February 9, 2016, GSB Great Hall
In honor of Black History month, the Mills NBMBAA Group is partnering with Net Impact to host a potluck for students. It's an evening of celebration and a space for students to network across departments. Bring a dish, meet other students, learn how to connect.

Founders Dinner
5:00-7:00 pm, Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Founders Commons
A fun celebration of African American history through food. The evening also includes entertainment by Hip Hop for Change.

Say Her Name: Black Female Bodies in the Breach
6:30-8:30 pm, Thursday February 11, 2016, Student Union
Our labor, our bodies, our lives are valuable. A conversation with activists and organizers of Say Her Name and Black Lives Matter. The conversation will focus on centering issues of black women (cis, LGBTQ, and female identified) and how their bodies become targets for institutional, structural, and physical violence in America. The panel will look at how systems devalue black female bodies and how we can claim and proclaim our value and power. The conversation will cover the data in the report Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women. $3.00 at the door for non-Mills students.

EVENT CANCELLED Write Out Loud: The Importance of Telling Our Stories
10:00 am-11:30 am, Saturday, February 13, 2016, Mills Hall Rm 318
A hands-on writing workshop where participants explore how to write their stories using narrative nonfiction and fiction. This interactive workshop will focus on learning to write about issues facing black women and contextualize them in personal essays and short stories. Faith Adiele, noted memoirist and essayist, will lead this session. $10.00 for non-Mills students. Register here.

Toxic Media
Wednesday, February 17, 2017,  4:00-6:00 pm, Faculty Staff Lounge
A discussion focusing on how portrayals of blacks in media cause trauma and negatively impact the black community.

Getting Busy: Claiming Space in Tech
6:30-8:30 pm, Thursday, February 18, 2016, Carnegie Hall 200
A discussion with tech leaders on how to claim space in the tech industry. What does it take to start a start up? How do we grow pipelines onto this growing business sector? Women for profit and non-profit entrepreneurs share their experiences in breaking into the tech industry and expanding diversity for black women. $3.00 at the door for non-Mills students.

9:00 pm-12:00 am, Friday, February 19, 2016, Solidarity Lounge
A student celebration with music and food.

EVENT CANCELLED App-a-thon with Black Girls Code
11:00 am-3:00 pm, Saturday, February 20, 2016, Stern Computer Lab 14
Students will create apps that further social justice goals for black students on college campuses.

Breaking the Pipeline: Addressing the School to Prison Pipeline and Black Girls
7:00-8:30 pm, Tuesday, February 23, 2016, Student Union
An interactive discussion and workshop on how to address issues facing black girls in the education system that will provide strategies on how to support girls in the classroom and at the policy level. Workshop will provide a picture of how black girls are left out of the school to prison pipeline conversation, how school policy pushes girls out of school, and the trend of young women moving from classrooms to jail cells.

Birthing Justice book coverBirthing Justice Book Launch
7:00-9:00 pm, Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Student Union
The Birthing Justice anthology shares deeply moving stories by black women about giving birth and childbirth activism. The editors and contributors trace the origins of birth injustice to the first medical experiments carried out on enslaved women, they unpack the hidden history of the granny midwives who birthed the majority of children—white and black—in post-Emancipation South, and they explore the rise and impact of the medical industrial complex. Along the way, they share transformative testimonies of struggle, activism and healing. This book will transform forever the way you think about childbirth!

Join co-editors Alicia D. Bonaparte and Julia Chinyere Oparah, guest readers from Black Women Birthing Justice and special guests Sistahs of the Drum for an evening of celebration and inspiration. Hosted by powerhouse reproductive justice advocate Shanelle Matthews.

Discounted books on sale and book signing available.

ConjureThe Art of Living Black—A Festival of Black Arts and Culture
11:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday, February 28, 2016, Student Union
An arts festival featuring local and student visual, literary and performing arts.

Gospel Appreciation Brunch
11:00 am-2:00 pm, Sunday, February 28, 2016, Reinhardt Alumni House
A delectable buffet style brunch prepared by Good Girl Foods. The day features classic and contemporary African American fare performances by the Dyer Trio and Mills students. Tickets: Advance Sales
Day of sales: $25.00 and email to reserve seat SUBJ: BRUNCH
Alumnae: $20.00 at door - contact to reserve seat SUBJ: BRUNCH
$5.00 for Mills students
$15 tix for Mills Black Student Collective members, email to reserve your spot SUBJ: BRUNCH

Before Harlem book coverUntold Stories of the Diaspora
6:00 pm-8:30 pm, Wednesday, March 2, 2016, Faculty Staff Lounge
A book launch and reading with Dr. Ajuan Mance for her upcoming book Before Harlem An Anthology of African American Literature from the Long Nineteenth Century.


Sponsors: Ethnic Studies Department, Black Students Collective, ASMC, Sustainability Center, Career Services, Biology Department, English Department, Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Public Policy Department, Sociology Department, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department

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