Celebrating African American
Heritage Month at Cal State Fullerton
February 06, 2003 :: No. 146
Stan Breckenridge, right, lecturer in Afro-Ethnic
Studies, directs the Afro-Ethnic Studies Community Ensemble
Cal State Fullerton’s observance of
African American Heritage Month is being celebrated in music, art,
dance, speeches and poetry readings.
“This year, Cal State Fullerton’s students,
faculty and staff members and alumni have collaborated to bring
to campus a month filled with activities aimed at building and strengthening
our campus community,” said Andi Fejeran Sims, coordinator
of the university’s Multicultural Leadership Center.
On exhibit through Feb. 28 is “Stoic Series,”
by Shirley Harris, a CSUF alumna and an Irvine-based artist, who
uses oil and paper media. Her works can be seen in Room 112 of the
Humanities-Social Sciences Building.
Students and others will be exhibiting their talents
Saturday, Feb. 8, during “FUSION,”
an open-microphone talent night featuring poets and musicians on
stage from 8-11 in the Pub of the Titan Student Union (TSU).
An Afro-ethnic spring mixer is set for 6-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the TSU’s Portola Pavilion.
Ernie Bridges, Afro-ethnic studies lecturer, will
speak on “African Americans in Business” at noon Wednesday,
Feb. 12, in the TSU’s Alvarado Room.
Also planned is a Hair & Wellness Fair from 5-7
p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the TSU’s Gabrielino
Room. “Pursuing a Graduate Degree” will be the focus
of a discussion by Gerald Byrant, coordinator of the Ronald McNair
Program, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the TSU’s
The Afro-Ethnic Studies Community Ensemble will perform
under the direction of Stan L. Breckenridge, lecturer in Afro-ethnic
studies, at noon Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Quad.
That same evening, Domino & Cards Night is set for 7-10 in the
TSU’s Gilman Room.
“FUSION” returns for an encore from 8-11
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Pub. The evening’s
featured performers are members of the Nina Nimba dance troupe performing
African dance from 7-9 p.m. in the TSU’s Portola Pavilion.
Jilani Bakari (also known as Darryl Martin) of Enrollment
Management/University Outreach will address “Robert’s
Rules of Order” from noon-1 p.m. in the TSU’s Alvarado
“Celebrating the heritage and diversity of different
cultures enriches the campus and provides our students with the
opportunity to enhance their multicultural leadership and raise
awareness of global issues,” Sims noted. “By providing
cultural and educational experiences through music, poetry, dance,
workshops, drama and art, we are facilitating the development of
values, respect, awareness, diversity, understanding and citizenship,
all of which are integral components necessary for our students
to make meaningful contributions to society,” she added.
The month’s events are coordinated by the African
American Faculty/Staff Association, Afro-Ethnic Student Association,
Afro-Ethnic Studies Community Ensemble, the Afro-Ethnic Studies
Department, Alliance for the Preservation of African Consciousness,
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Furnishing Information
and Relaying Encouragement, Multicultural Leadership Center, Sistertalk
and the Women of Color Resource centers, as well as the Association
for InterCultural Awareness.
For more information, contact Andi Fejeran Sims of
the Multicultural Leadership Center at 657-278-7366 or by e-mail
Media Contact: Susan Katsaros of Public Affairs
at 657-278-4854 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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