Black History Month 365

BHM365 provides year-round programming with a special emphasis during Black History Month (BHM) in February. Programming in 2022 is organized by a planning committee of students, faculty and staff, headed by the Black Action Forum (BAF). BAF is joined by several cosponsoring groups to develop programming for Black History Month, including the Black Students Collective (BSC), Black MBA Students Association, the Ethnic Studies Program in the Department of Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Black Faculty and Staff Association, Alumnae of Color, the School of Education, and the Associated Students of Mills College.

In 2022, we are looking forward to online events, as Mills College continues to observe the Bay Area's COVID-19 safety protocol.

BHM22: Community. Hope. Transformation.

BHM22 Virtual Kick-Off Celebration: Community. Hope. Transformation.
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | 4:00–5:00 pm

Kick-Off our Mills College Black History Month as we gather community online, give thanks, and celebrate together. Hang out with fellow students, staff and faculty, and win some raffle prizes!

Black Love Film Night #1—Black Love Film Festival
Saturday, February 5, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Join the Mills community online for a night of great cinema and the celebration of Black love, followed by discussion. Night 1 will screen a Kenyan film directed by Wanuri Kahiu.

BLM@School Week of Action—School of Education
Monday, January 31–Friday, February 5, 2022

Register for virtual programs including a Virtual Solo Art Exhibit, presented by Yétúndé Olagbaju (MFA ’20), along with our BLM@School Week of Action Interactive Community Board, created by Angela Nwokike. Keynote Speaker Dr. LaGarrett King, and The 1619 Project Online Readings & Discussions with Dr. Debbie Brown.

BHM Dinner
Wednesday. February 9, 2022 | 5:00–7:30 pm

Enjoy a soul food dinner menu from the Tea Shop! Registration is not required, but please register here to help our Tea Shop chef plan for our evening meal service. Menu includes: vegan jambalaya, collard greens and onions, candied yams, fried catfish, macaroni and cheese, hushpuppies, and peach cobbler. Dinner included in Mills Meal Plan.

Lava Thomas | MCAM Online Artist Lecture
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | 7:00 pm

Presented in conjunction with Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of the Paulson Fontaine Press (January 22–March 13).

MLK Commemorative Address
Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 12:00–1:00 pm

Hosted by the Center at Adams Plaza. This event will feature keynote speaker Ciarra Jones with a light reception to follow.

Mothership: Voyage into Afrofuturism (Oakland Museum Exhibition Visit)
Saturday, February 19, 2022 | 1:00 pm

Visit the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) in downtown Oakland with Mills community members to see OMCA's special exhibit, Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism, on view until February 27, 2022. Reservations for the group visit are first come, first serve as a limited number of tickets are available. Grab your spot at the reservation link below. Following COVID-19 safety guidelines, OMCA requires visitors to bring proof of vaccination and wear a mask.

About the exhibit: Afrofuturism is a lot of things. It’s the past, present, and future reimagined through a Black cultural lens. Visionary, spiritual, and generative, it is art, music, literature, and cinema that expresses a just future where Black people and Black ideas thrive. It is fantasy and science fiction that envisions the African Diaspora and Black culture as central in a technically advanced and culturally rich civilization. It is also the ordinary—now—in this very moment and the everyday pleasures that may often be seen as mundane. Afrofuturism is a strategy for Black community building.

Spirit Rock BIPOC VOICES: Weekly Sunday Sangha with Leslie Booker (online)
Saturday, February 20, 2022 | 9:00 am-10:30 am

Join our Mills College Love and Liberation Sangha for their cosponsored meditation and gathering with Spirit Rock BIPOC Voices. The sliding scale fee starts at zero dollars to make it affordable to Mills students and others. The event is for self-identified BIPOC people and is open to the Mills community and the public. We are thrilled to have Booker as the teacher for this event.

Mills Art Museum Exhibition Tour
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 4:00 pm

A special tour of Personal to Political, an exciting exhibition featuring works by African American artists who have helped to shape the contemporary art conversation in the Bay Area and beyond.

Black Wellness: Virtual Informational & Active Listening Session
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 | 5:30–7:30 pm

We welcome students, faculty and staff and community members to learn, understand, and come together in the community to educate themselves about Black Wellness. We would like to share founders, Ashlee T. Davis, Dylyn Turner-Keener, faculty mentor, Dr. Catrina Jaime's experiences developing the toolkits and strategies to address Black equity in higher education, specifically in the classroom setting. We are currently implementing these toolkits and strategies within STEM courses and conducting research to evaluate the positive impact Black Wellness has in the classroom.

Black Love Film Night #2: Black Love Film Festival
Friday, February 25, 2022 | 6:00–9:30 pm

Get together and watch “a soulful drama about a young couple fighting for justice in the name of love and the promise of the American dream,” followed by discussion.

We Are Still Here/Aquí Estamos: Online Screening and Discussion with Filmmakers
March 7, 2022 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm

The Mills College School of Education, The Ethnic Studies Program, and Latinx Heritage Programming present this screening of the documentary, We Are Still Here, directed by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, about youth organizing, Black and Brown solidarity, and resistance in navigating the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Our event will open with brief discussion with the  filmmakers, followed by the film screening (54 minutes). We will end with a 25-30 minute post-screening discussion and Q&A including filmmakers' discussion about the process of making the film. About the film: "In response to the government's disregard and poor relief management during Hurricane Maria, young residents from Comerío, Puerto Rico, activate themselves by taking control and transforming not only their lives but their community. We Are Still Here/Aquí Estamos introduces the incredible youth of Comerío, navigating the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, a disaster that brought an unprecedented level of devastation to an island already in economic and political crisis. In the lush mountains in the center of Puerto Rico, 24-year-old Mariangelie Ortiz leads a group of young residents who never thought they would become the leaders of their community, yet nonetheless find themselves traveling to Washington DC to protest in the halls of Congress. Follow them in this coming of age story to find their power and begin creating a sustainable future for themselves and their community." See a film clip. Cosponsored by The Mills College School of Education; The Program of Ethnic Studies in the Department of Race, Gender and Sexuality; Latinx Heritage Programming; Black History Month 2022; Department of Educational Leadership; Educators for Liberation, Justice, and Joy (ELJJ); Department of Early Childhood Education, and the Black Action Forum.

Mixed Auntie: Auntie TaRessa Stovall On Mixed Race Narratives
Wed, Apr 20, 2022  |  2:30 pm

A Conversation with Mixed Auntie: TaRessa Stovall Author of Swirl Girl and Podcast Host

Mixed Auntie, author TaRessa Stovall, joins Professor Susan Ito and students from ETHS 180L-01: Narratives of People of Mixed Raced Descent, in their ongoing conversation on forms of narrative-making by people of mixed race descent. Considering issues of race/ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality, as well as matters of language, and notions of identity, "racial purity," and "race mixing," we will expand our interpretation of the texts and the lens they provide on our world.

Stovall is a noted author, award-winning journalist, blogger, and identity equity advocate who works to contribute to a more just society. TaRessa was born a Jazz Baby in Seattle, Washington, when much of the country was racially segregated and her parents’ marriage was illegal in 16 states. Her new memoir, Swirl Girl: Coming of Race in the USA, reveals how she grew up as a “Black Power Flower Child” who battled society—and sometimes her closest loved ones—to forge her identity on her own terms. An author from the age of seven, TaRessa has written and published poems, books, and plays on various topics, including racial identity and the impact of colorism on People of Color. Swirl Girl was published by the independent Black company, Alchemy Media Publishing.

Additional resources:

Militantly Mixed podcast episode: The "Right" Way to be Mixed with TaRessa Stovall from Mixed Auntie Confidential

Black & Published podcast episode: Black Power Flower Child with TaRessa Stovall

18Doors interview with TaRessa Stovall about being "Blewish" (Black + Jewish) and Mixed Race: "TaRessa Stovall Talks About Being Mixed Race & How We Can All Create Change"

One Drop of Love, with Author Fanshen Cox (online)
April 27, 2022 |  2:30–3:45 pm

Join us for this online conversation with Fanshen Cox, educator, activist, writer and producer. Professor Susan Ito and students from ETHS 180L-01: Narratives of People of Mixed Raced Descent, invite you to join their ongoing conversation on forms of narrative-making by people of mixed race descent. Considering issues of race/ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality, as well as matters of language, and notions of identity, "racial purity" and "race-mixing," we will expand our interpretation of the texts and the lens they provide on our world.

Fanshen Cox’s one-woman show, *One Drop of Love* explores the complicated realities and perceptions of history, family, race, class, justice, and love. We will discuss how the show incorporates filmed images, photographs, and animation to tell the story of how the notion of ‘race’ came to be in the US, and how it influences the narrator’s relationship with her family—a journey that takes audiences from the 1700’s to the present, to cities all over the US and to West and East Africa. The ultimate goal of *One Drop* is to encourage everyone to discuss ‘race’ and racism, gender, class and privilege openly and critically.

Event times are subject to change. Questions? Email: bfsacochairs@mills.edu.