SSU Celebrates Black History Month

Ezra Explores "The Trials of of Muhammad Ali," Feb. 11

SSU Professor Michael Ezra, author of the book "Muhammad Ali: The Making of an Icon," leads a question-and-answer session following a free screening of the 2013 documentary "The Trials of of Muhammad Ali" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St, Sebastopol.

The critically acclaimed film is directed by Bill Siegel. Ezra is a professor of American Multicultural Studies and teaches courses on civil rights.

Ezra served as a consultant on the project, and he is often sought out by the media for commentary on the life and times of Muhammad Ali. Most recently, he helped director Ang Lee with the research for his upcoming movie about Ali, Joe Frazier, and the 1970s. See Ezra's comment on the recent Ali HBO film in the BBC article at:

Ezra's books focus on the economic aspects of the civil rights era, including "Civil Rights Movement: People and Perspectives" and "The Economic Civil RIghts Movement: African Americans and the Struggle for Economic Power."

"The film opens with a bang," says Ezra, "that will make it clear just how strongly large segments of the population despised Ali and wanted to see him banished from boxing and sent to jail."

Ezra believes that the movie "is a good reminder of just how much Ali had on the line, as well as an entertaining and exciting documentary. I hope people will come with their questions about the incomparable Muhammad Ali."

Sonoma State University celebrates Black History Month in February with lectures, films, performing artists, dance classes, music performances, comedy showcases, and much more.

The schedule of events includes:

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Hip Hop Dance Workshop Niagara Studio in the Rec Center from 9–10 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Black History Month Film Series Imitation of Life, 7 p.m. Ives 101

Thursday, Feb. 20

Black Business Forum, 7-9 p.m., Ballroom D Student Center

The Black Business Forum is an opportunity to connect students with Black business owners and professionals in the community. Students will have the opportunity to hear campus guests speak about their educational and professional journeys. The event will also give students a chance to network and learn more about the importance of education within the Black community. For more information contact Kristal Raheem, President Nu Beta Mu,

Tuesday, Feb. 25

An Evening with Rev. Jarrett Maupin, 7 p.m., Ballroom A Student Center

Rev. Maupin is the current civil rights leader in Arizona who has involved himself with the incident at Arizona State University and fraternity TKE chapter involving a racist party on Martin Luther King Jr. day. Rev. Maupin has pushed for more serious consequences for the chapter and individuals involved in order to send the message that actions like these are no longer acceptable in our society.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Black History Month Film Series Fruitvale Station & Return of the King, 7 p.m. Ives 101

This Oscar nominated and winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler’s FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant who was shot and killed by a BART policeman in Oakland, an incident made famous by the videos of the shooting. The film portrays the background of the people involved in the incident and provides a thought provoking experience relating to class, race and law enforcement. A discussion will follow the screening.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Black History Month Film Series: Fruitvale Station & Return of the King, 7 p.m., Ives 101

Thursday, Feb. 27

Becoming Seawolves United Festival in Seawolf Plaza (area between the Rec Center and New Student center) from 12-2 p.m

In order to promote unity and peace between all students at SSU, ASP in collaboration with MECHA and the Black Scholars United is hosting a festival to rally students to "step out of their on social bubble" and meet new people, clubs and organizations on campus.

Friday, Feb. 28

Black History Month Closing Showcase, 6 p.m. Ives 101

Black Scholars United hosts their closing showcase with a night of laughs, entertainment, music, poetry and games.

Friday, Feb. 28

Hip Hop Dance Workshop Niagara Studio in the Rec Center from 9–10 p.m.

For more information on the history of national African American History Month: