Black History Month


BHM365 provides year-round programming with a special emphasis during Black History Month (BHM). Programming is sponsored by the Black Students Collective, the Ethnic Studies Program in the Department of Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, and the Associated Students of Mills College.

In 2019 we are looking forward to hosting a number of engaging, educational, fun, community-building events including:

To Belong Here: Notes from the African Diaspora Concert
8:00 pm, Friday, January 25, 2019
Paramount Theater
Please email to reserve your spot! We have limited FREE tickets.

Black History Month Kickoff Event
7:00 pm–8:00 pm, Tuesday, February 5, 2019 
Solidarity Lounge
The kickoff launches our series of Black History Month events as we indulge in a night filled with community engagement, music, and celebration for faculty, staff, and students.

Heritage Month Dinner
5:00 pm–7:00 pm, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 
Founders Commons
We are excited to welcome back Mills Alumna Danielle DeRuiter-Williams, MBA of the Justice Collective, who will deliver a powerful message over a soulful and delicious dinner. All are welcome to attend and connect with fellow students, Mills alumnae, facult, staff, and community members.

Contemporary Writers Series: Featuring David Marriott
5:30 pm, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 
Mills Hall Living Room

The Contemporary Writers Series (CWS) at Mills College features monthly readings and talks by renowned and emerging writers. David Marriott’s most recent book of poetry is Duppies, a collection that mixes the tonality of lyric poetry with the aggression, grit, and speed of grime, London’s street music. Visit the CWS webpage for more information.

Staff & Faculty Appreciation Lunch
12:00 pm–1:00 pm, Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Faculty & Staff Lounge
The members of the Black Student Collective would like to honor the hard work and efforts of the dedicated Black faculty and staff at Mills through this luncheon. Please come and receive a token of our appreciation for all the work you do for our community and specifically to support student success!

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. Cat 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. Cat 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
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.

Colored Museum
7:00 pm, Friday, March 1, 2019
Rothwell Theater
This production will be to showcase the richness of the vibrant artistic talents from members of the Black community.

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
Mills Hall Living Room

Professor Imani Perry will be joining the Mills College and wider Oakland and Bay Area communities to discuss the life of the late Lorraine Hansberry from her book, Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry. Professor Perry is an American interdisciplinary scholar of race, law, literature, and African American culture. She is currently the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.

Black History Month Library Display
F. W. Olin Library
Please go check out the BHM display at the library which represents Black authors and trailblazers that have made their mark on the literary community nationally and globally with their works, activism, and scholarship.

For more information about BHM programs or to request accommodations, please contact