This Vista Point will be dedicated to Black History Month events throughout the UC system. All the events being hosted by the other UC schools will be held over Zoom and available to all interested UC community members. To find more information and events, visit this website.
UCLA Hosts a Special Fireside Chat with Nikole Hannah-Jones
UC Los Angeles is hosting Pulitzer Prize- and Peabody-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones on Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. Hannah-Jones, who covers how policy creates and enforces segregation within schools and housing for the New York Times (NYT), is the creator and lead writer of NYT’s The 1619At Project — a multimedia initiative that “reframe[s] the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative,” according to its website.
UCSF Presents “Anti-Blackness and Its Link to Racism, Power, and Privilege”
UCSF’s MultiCultural Resource Center will present “Anti-Blackness and Its Link to Racism, Power, and Privilege” on Feb. 17 at 12 p.m.
“This webinar will cover the ways that anti-Blackness was infused into federal policies and court decisions that led to housing disenfranchisement for Black people,” the event description stated. “During this session, we will also discuss the creation and evolution of the white middle- and upper-classes, including the rise of millionaires and billionaires that we are seeing today.”
UC Riverside Presents “Black & Undocumented: Understanding the Intersectionality”
Felecia Russell, a Black Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient and founder of Embracing Undocumented, is speaking about the intersections of being Black and undocumented at UC Riverside on Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.
Embracing Undocumented assists undocumented students in finding mentors, scholarships and resources, and it works to raise awareness of Black undocumented people in the U.S.
“We welcome all members of our UCR community to join us in an important conversation around the intersectionality of two marginalized identities and in honoring the diversity of the immigrant experience,” the event description stated.
UC Berkeley Presents “After Charlie Parker: A Conversation”
UC Berkeley is hosting a conversation with multi-instrumentalist avant-garde jazz artists Marty Ehrlich; Jesse “Chuy” Varela, KCSM music director and host of “Latin Jazz”; and Fumi Okiji, author of “Jazz as Critique: Adorno and Black Expression Revisited” on Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. The conversation will explore the influence and power of the work of Charlie Parker, a “revolutionary jazz saxophonist,” who emerged in the music scene in 2020, according to the event description.
UCSB MCC Hosts Andrew Jolivétte for “Diversity Lecture Series Presents – Black Lives, Indigenous Lives: from Mattering to Thriving”
In partnership with the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Equal Opportunity & Discrimination Prevention and Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, UCSB’s MultiCultural Center will host Andrew Jolivétte — author and UC San Diego ethnic studies professor — on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.
The discussion will revolve around examining and discussing “major points of cultural and historic community convergence between Black and Indigenous Peoples with a focus on contemporary movements such as Black Lives Matter and Idle No More and the dismantling of racist statues, images, and mascots,” the event description stated.
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Presents “Among Quilters: Carolyn Mazloomi and Ora Clay on Rosie Lee Tompkins”
UC Berkeley will livestream quiltists Carolyn Mazloomi and Ora Clay reflecting on the the work of Rosie Lee Tompkins — an acclaimed quilt artist who passed away in 2006.
“Join two leading quilt artists as they reflect on the work of Rosie Lee Tompkins and on their own practices, and explore shared themes of storytelling, spirituality, family, and community,” the event description stated.
UCSC’s African American Theater Arts Troupe Presents “’da Kink in My Hair” by Trey Anthony
The award-winning show “’da Kink in My Hair,” written by Trey Anthony, first premiered in 2001 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Now, UC Santa Cruz’s African American Theater Arts Troupe will perform the show from Feb. 18-27 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
UCSB Arts & Lectures Hosts Roxane Gay
UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures will host New York Times best-selling author Roxane Gay on Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the The Granada Theatre. Students can hear the author, podcaster and columnist for free if they show a current UCSB student ID.
UCSB Vivian Storm MCs Open Mic Night
Vivian Storm, an illusionist and performer, will be lending her skills to the UCSB community by MC’ing an open mic night through the MultiCultural Center. The event will be held on Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Storm brings with her experiences in drag performance and her ability to host events and workshops on gender, worthiness and performance.
UCSB Black Alumni and Student Connect Weekend
Jeffrey Stewart, interim vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion and distinguished professor of Black studies, will be the event’s Keynote speaker. The weekend will include workshops with opportunities for networking and leadership development, as well as a look back at the history of Black students at UCSB.
The event will be held virtually from Feb. 18-19 and all UCSB students, alumni and friends are invited to attend.