February 3, 2010

Black History Month at SSU Features Mobile Museum, Hip Hop Lecture and Black/Jew Dialogues

bh101.jpgJim Crow artifacts, Ku Klux Klan images, Black Power posters and more make up the fascinating exhibit known as the Black History 101 Mobile Museum which arrives at Sonoma State University for Black History Month in February for one day.

A collection of artifacts that date from slavery to Hip Hop culture, the museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 8 in the Student Union multi-purpose room. Following the mobile museum is a lecture by Public Enemy's Professor Griff on the history of Hip Hop at 7:30 p.m. in the Cooperage.

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum is an innovative grassroots based project, exhibiting museum quality Black memorabilia. Khalid-el Hakim (left), the founder of the project, had passion for education and history that led him to start collecting Black memorabilia 15 years ago.

He comes to SSU to display some of his award winning collection of over 2000 artifacts that recognize and celebrate the contributions, achievements and struggles of African Americans.

profg.jpgGriff (right) is one of the founding members of the iconic rap group Public Enemy. The group also consisted of well-known artists Chuck D and Flava Flav. Public Enemy celebrates the twentieth anniversary of their groundbreaking album, "It Takes A Nation of Millions."

In his lecture, also titled "It Takes a Nation of Millions," Griff discusses the power of hip hop music in America and the social, political and global impact of what is now considered by many to be one of the most important albums ever made.

Other highlights of Black History Month Celebrations are:

blackjewdialogues.jpgThe Black/Jew Dialogues - a hilarious two-man comedy dealing with prejudice and multiculturalism, at 7 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 18 in the Warren Auditorium. Emmy award winning veteran Boston performer Ron Jones and award winning actor Larry Jay Tish (Left) take the audience on a hysterical and poignant ride through three days they spent together in a cheap hotel room discussing their own experiences, the history of their people, and why there has been a growing riff between the two groups since the early 70's. Through their dialogue the audience gains insight to the true nature of prejudice and how our inability to face our own biases separate us in ways that we may not even think about. The comic journey begins in the Egypt of the Pharaohs and travels through Africa, colonial times, to present-day America.

The Kingdom Travelers, a talented and respected musical group from Richmond, perform as part of a Gospel Extravaganza on Fri., Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Cooperage. Reverend Minor as well as other gospel groups will accompany them.

Other Black History Month celebrations include an open mic poetry slam, hosted by Youth Speaks, Thurs., Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Pub, inviting students, faculty and staff to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of social change. There will be a homemade soul food dinner of macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, collard greens, cornbread, sweet potato pie and more, with music by Donnie Williams at the Zin Cafeteria from 5-8 p.m., Tues., Feb. 16. In addition, ASP hosts a Black Comedy Jam with Reggie Steele (Right) in the Pub at 8 p.m., Wed., Feb. 17.steele.jpg

The Black History Month festivities culminate with a closing ceremony and dance on Thurs., Feb. 25 in the Cooperage at 7 p.m. The closing ceremony brings together cultural clubs on campus to showcase their talents. The dance, themed "Freaks and Geeks Part II" will be in the Field House at 10 p.m.

All events are free to SSU students, faculty and staff, and $5 for the general audience. Tickets can be obtained at the Student Union front desk.

The month long series of events are sponsored by Associated Student Productions and Black Student Union.

For more information about any of these events, call 707.664.2382 or visit www.sonoma.edu/as/asp.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057