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Shirley Chisholm Stamp Dedication Ceremony Kicks off Black History Month at Mills

Oakland, CA–January 15, 2014 Mills College is proud to celebrate Black History Month by presenting several exciting events this year.

On February 1, Congresswoman Barbara Lee '73 and a panel of distinguished guests will present a “Forum on Women’s Economic Empowerment” at the Student Union in Rothwell Center at 10:00 am. The event will include a special dedication ceremony for the Shirley Chisholm US Postal Service Forever Stamp. Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman to serve in Congress and the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.

Mills College will host the first “Black Success Conference” at the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business on February 7. Designed for graduate, undergraduate, junior college, and high school students who identify as black, the conference will cover a range of topics including academic success, career development, and the keys to financial freedom.

On February 28, the Bay Area’s preeminent African American dance company, Dimensions Dance Theater, proudly presents Forty Years Strong. Co-founded by three Mills alumnae, the company has premiered more than 50 evening-length works and for four decades has dedicated itself to creating, performing, and teaching dance that reflects the lives and historical experience of African Americans.

The highly acclaimed documentary, Unearthing the Dream, will be screened on March 6 in the Student Union. The documentary was produced in concert with the book, Proud Legacy: The "Colored" Schools of Malvern, Arkansas and the Community that Made Them. Authored by Professor of English Ajuan Mance, Proud Legacy tells the story of Malvern's segregated black schools, from the earliest presence of black people in Malvern, to 1968 when the town first integrated its public schools. Following the screening, filmmaker Pam Uzzell and book author Ajuan Mance will discuss the Malvern Legacy Project and their involvement in this unique public history initiative.

Barbara Lee Forum on Women’s Economic Empowerment
Saturday, February 1, 10:00 am
Rothwell Center Student Union

Black Success Conference
Friday, February 7, 9:30 am
Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business

Dimension Dance Theatre
Friday, February 28, 7:00 pm
Lisser Hall

Black History Film Premiere and Book Launch
Thursday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Danforth Auditorium

For more information and to learn about additional events celebrating Black History Month, please visit Ethnic Studies.


Last Updated: 1/28/14