Black Liberation Month Kicks Off - Humboldt State Now

Black Liberation Month Kicks Off

Social commentator and comedian Felonious Munk is coming to Humboldt State University to talk social justice and new media. His discussion is among several events marking Black Liberation Month, which celebrates and highlights African American achievements and important milestones throughout U.S. history.

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Social commentator and comedian Felonious Munk is coming to Humboldt State University to talk social justice and new media.

The calendar of events—coordinated by HSU’s African American Center for Academic Excellence (AACAE) and organized by various campus groups—includes presentations, discussions, and a film screening.

“From HSU’s commemorations of Martin Luther King and Black Liberation Month, we’re seeing efforts to ensure the campus climate is an inclusive and supportive space for students of Color,” says John Johnson, of the AACAE.

Johnson says Munk’s commentary will resonate with HSU students.

“Our students live on the web and social media. He uses new media as a staging ground for social justice activism, and provides perspectives often absent from mainstream networks.”

Full Schedule

February 9
Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton
8 p.m.
Van Duzer Theatre
Bringing a fusion of African, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean rhythms, psychedelic soul, and progressive rock, Grammy-winning artist Lisa Fischer and her band Grand Baton provides artistic virtuosity and playfulness. Students $10.00. FREE for the first 20 students to sign up to go with the AACAE. Sponsored by CenterArts.

February 10
Masks and Cultures of West Africa
4 p.m.
Reese Bullen Gallery
Explore Africa’s past, present, and future in this premier and original exhibit of African Masks from the James Gaasch Collection. The opening reception is 4-6 p.m. Exhibit runs through to March 10. Sponsored in part by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Read more about the Masks and Cultures of West Africa here.

February 11
Walk Through Black Brilliance
7 p.m.
Kate Buchanan Room (University Center)
Walk through a collection of posters and presentations celebrating Black historical figures, whose intellectual, social, and/or artistic contributions are often overlooked.
Contact the AACAE at aacae@humboldt.edu if interested in submitting a poster. Sponsored by the AACAE.

February 18
Black Male/Female Appreciation
6 p.m.
Kate Buchanan Room (University Center)
This event is a chance for people to acknowledge and appreciate individuals of Color who have made a significant impact in their life. Sponsored by The Legacy and Brothers United.

February 19
Purple Kisses Dance
9 p.m.
Goodwin Forum, Nelson Hall East 102
Dance the night away with The Legacy at this annual event. $2 w/purple attire. $3 w/o purple. 18 and over or HSU ID required. Sponsored by The Legacy.

February 22
“#sayhername”
Contact aacae@humboldt.edu for time and location
More than a trending topic, the hashtag #sayhername emerged in response to the suspicious death of Sandra Bland, who died while in police custody after being jailed following a DWB (driving while black) traffic stop in Texas. This event is intended to offer a safe space for
Black women to share and discuss their experiences with police.

February 23
Felonious Munk
6 p.m.
Kate Buchanan Room (University Center)
Felonious Munk is a social commentator and comedian who is part of a growing movement of non-traditional journalists and pundits engaging wide audiences via social media and independent media outlets. Using new media as a staging ground for social justice activism, Munk provides perspectives often absent from mainstream networks. Sponsored by the AACAE with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Diversity Program Grants.

February 25
Basketball Game Black Out
Lumberjack Arena (Women’s 5:30 p.m., Men’s 7:30 p.m.)
Watch the HSU Lumberjacks take on Cal State San Marcos in the final home games of the season. Wear black to the game in honor of Black Liberation Month. Student tickets are free.

February 27
Selma
7 p.m.
Jolly Giant Commons Rec Room
Watch the feature film Selma, which chronicles the three-month period in 965 when civil rights leaders coordinated a campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. Sponsored by Housing & Residence Life.

February 29
Still We Rise
7 p.m.
Kate Buchanan Room (University Center)
Come join us as we uphold the achievements of the African Diaspora and expand on people’s appreciation through various dialogues on Black culture through shared space and community, with music and food. Sponsored by the Black Student Union.

Printable maps of Humboldt State University are available here.

For more information contact the AACAE at (707) 826.4588 or aacae@humboldt.edu.

Persons who wish to request disability-related accommodations should contact the SDRC at (707) 826.4678 or sdrc@humboldt.edu.