Black History Month 365

BHM365 provides year-round programming with a special emphasis during Black History Month (BHM) in February. Programming in 2021 is cosponsored by several groups, 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, We Are the Voices, and the Associated Students of Mills College.

BHM21 events are organized by a committee of students, faculty and staff. In 2021, we are looking forward to online events, as Mills College continues to observe the Bay Area's COVID-19 shelter-in-place order.

BHM21: Healing Through Community

Virtual Black Book List (all month)

Follow the Mills College Library @f.w.olinlibrary for book recommendations from the Mills' Black community.

BHM Cultural Menu
Wednesday. February 3, 2021 | time TBD

In lieu of our annual Founders dinner, the Tea Shop will serve a special meal for BHM.

BLM@School Panel: Cultivating Liberation, Justice, and Joy in Schools
Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 5:00–7:00 pm

Part of BLM at School week of action. The Mills College School of Education will host a panel discussion on building educational spaces that cultivate liberation, justice, and joy.

In Search of Our Black Queer Ancestors: A Conversation Between Historian-Journalist Channing Gerard Joseph and Susan Stryker
Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 5:00–7:00 pm

Trans Studies Speaker Series presents ln Search of Our Black Queer Ancestors, with Channing Gerard Joseph (lecturer, University of Southern California) and Susan Stryker. Professor Joseph discusses their work in recovering and reclaiming the histories and cultural contributions of queer Black Americans, particularly the queer community around William Dorsey Swann, a formerly enslaved Black man who was the first-documented drag queen. Joseph's research also explores the lives of Mary Jones/Peter Sewally, Frances Thompson, and other Black queer figures of the 19th century.

BHM21 Virtual Kick-Off Celebration: Healing Through Community
Friday, February 5, 2021 | 6:00–7:00 pm

Please join our Mills College community as we kickoff our February programming for Black History Month with an opening welcome, libations, and a community creative soul line-dance led by Mills Professor LaTanya Tigner.

Head Wrap Workshop
Friday, February 12, 2021 | 7:00–8:00 pm

Learn about the history of head wraps and how to wrap or style Black hair. Meet Black business leaders in this work. Guest speaker: Iguehi James.

Trans is Black and Black is Trans?: C. Riley Snorton and Rod Fergusen in Conversation with Susan Stryker
Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 5:00–6:30 pm

We Are the Voices and the Trans Studies Speaker Series present Yale Professor Roderick Ferguson and University of Chicago Professor C. Riley Snorton in conversation on Black queer and trans issues. Check back on January 18, 2021, for online event registration.

Virtual Movie Night: Sankofa
Saturday, February 20, 2021 | 3:00–5:30 pm

Join an engaged discussion with Sankofa actress Oyafunmike Ogunlanlo.

The Black Campus Movement at Mills College
Monday, February 22, 2021 | 6:00–8:00 pm

Panel discussion led by Mills Assistant Professor Wanda Watson on the Black experience at Mills from past to present. Guest lecturer, Lauren Araiza, associate professor of history, Denison University.

The Black Read: Parable of the Sower
Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 6:00–7:30 pm

In the spirit of the Mills’ Common Read, join us in reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler and attend our community discussion led by Professor Ajuan Mance. Butler is an important figure in Black history as the first Black woman to win widespread recognition in science fiction writing.

Coming Home: A One-One Chat About Race, Gender, and the Invisibility of Black Women in 19th Century France
Monday, March 1, 2021 | 11:00 am–12:15 pm

A lecture by Associate Professor of History Robin Mitchell, California State University, Channel Islands, on The Black Venus, based on her book, Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France. Professor Mitchell will be joined in conversation by Mills Professor Brinda J. Mehta, Germaine Thompson Professor of French and Francophone Studies and women's, gender and sexuality Studies.

2nd Annual Black Business Showcase
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 1:00–2:30 pm

Join us for the 2nd Annual Mills College Black Business Showcase, centering Black women and non-binary folks leading the way in the Oakland business community. Our Mills College community is excited to welcome Bay Area Black women and non-binary business owners as they share the stories of their business journeys and how they have been impacted by COVID-19. Our guests will come together for a re-envisioning of the business landscape in Oakland: How might we improve opportunities for marginalized businesses?

Iguehi James, Love Iguehi LLC
Cynthia Harris and Ke Norman, Nailphoria Day Spa
Shay Australia, Writer and Author
April Fenall, Piikup
Erin Alexander, Funki Shui
Ariana Marbley, Esscents of Flowers
De’Ana Brownfield, Sol Creations
Dorenda Haynes, Get Tha Fork Outta Here BBQ

Healing Through Community: Creating Pathways for the Formerly Incarcerated
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 1:30 pm

Centering Abolition and Criminal Justice, we'll focus on creating and strengthening positive paths for reentry for the formerly incarcerated. This catalyzing event, centering Abolition and Criminal Justice, will focus on creating and strengthening positive pathways for reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals. We will be inviting key action leaders in this space to share their work and engage in thoughtful discussion with Mills College students, staff, faculty, alumnae and Oakland community members about how we can co-create healing for these citizens within our communities.

Panel 1: Womxn Creating Pathways for Healing

Panel 2: Activating Public Policy for Change

Event times are subject to change. Questions? Email: