Mills College Celebrates Black History Month–Join Us!

Oakland, CA—February 20, 2019

The students, faculty, and staff at Mills College invite the Oakland and Bay Area community to join us for an educational and fun month of Black History celebrations both on and off campus.

Events for the month include:

Black Joy Parade: Crown Your Joy
12:30 pm–2:00 pm, Sunday, February 24, 2019 (Parade)
12:00 pm–6:00 pm, Sunday, February 24, 2019 (Celebration)
Downtown Oakland

A hyper-positive parade and festival to celebrate the Black experience past, present, and future. This FREE community event will be filled with vendors, live performances, and tons of fun with art, dancing, and of course joy! Please reach out to Black Student Collective Executive Board at to find out where to meet with the group and walk in the parade together. For more information about the parade route and celebration location, please visit

Keynote Speaker: Cat Brooks
6:00 pm–8:15 pm, Monday, February 25, 2019
Rothwell Theater
We are honored to welcome recent mayoral candidate Cat Brooks to speak to the Mills community. Brooks has been a force for change as she engages in the work of accompaniment and struggle. Inspired by her own lived experience, she has spent her life organizing to bring an end to unjust systems which were built to sustain the privileges of the status quo. Brooks currently serves as the executive director of the Justice Teams Network, a network of grassroots activists providing rapid response and healing justice in response to all forms of State violence across California.

Screening of Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
7:00 pm-9:00 pm, Thursday, February 28, 2019
Danforth Lecture Hall

When Lorraine Hansberry’s now-classic A Raisin in the Sun premiered on Broadway in 1959 (the first play by a Black woman to do so) actress Ruby Dee recalls marveling how it “opened a new chapter in theater, that included Black people.” While most may know the widely studied and performed A Raisin in the Sun as their only reference point for Hansberry, the documentary Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart makes abundantly clear that there is much more to know about the author. Conversation with Cornelius Moore, California Newsreel distributor, will follow the screening. 

Contemporary Writers Series: Featuring Morgan Parker
5:30 pm, Tuesday, March 5, 2019 
Mills Hall Living Room

The Contemporary Writers Series (CWS) at Mills College features monthly readings and talks by renowned and emerging writers. Morgan Parker’s latest poetry collection Magical Negro delves into issues of ancestral trauma, loneliness, sexuality, racism, and objectification. Visit the CWS webpage for more information.

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
7:00 pm-9:00 pm, Friday, March 8, 2019
Mills Hall Living Room

Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she is also affiliated with the Programs in Law and Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values. Professor Perry holds a PhD in American Civilization from Harvard and a JD from Harvard Law School, as well as a BA from Yale University. Prior to joining the faculty at Princeton, Perry was a Professor of Law at the Rutgers University School of Law. A scholar of legal history, cultural studies and American literature, Perry is the author of five books including: Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, a New York Times Notable Book of 2018.

About Mills College
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students with graduate programs for all genders. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of the Best 384 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers and leaders, who take and inspire action.

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