The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), including San Diego City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and San Diego Continuing Education, proudly celebrates Black History Month in February with an array of events and exhibits.  The following are free and open to the public:

Thursday, Feb. 5, 12:50 – 2:10 p.m.

“North Star Shining”

San Diego’s Common Ground Theatre presents a performance highlighting the African-American experience.

City College, Saville Theatre, 14th and C streets, San Diego, 92101

 

Saturday, Feb. 7, 8:30 a.m. to noon; 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“Selma”

Community college students, along with any student 13 or older, are invited to one of two free screenings of “Selma,” an Academy Award Best Picture-nominated film that documents the seminal, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – led civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Screenings will be at the AMC Mission Valley. The first program is from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The second program is from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Programs include a complimentary continental breakfast and a discussion. Pre-registration is encouraged. To pre-register, visit:http://www.cvent.com/events/student-community-screening/agenda-4285e42f3fc14c529980678d6865d3a0.aspx

AMC Mission Valley, 1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego, 92108

 

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 8 – 9:30 p.m.

The Euphoria Brass Band

Celebrate Mardi Gras New Orleans style at this live jazz event.

City College, Saville Theatre, 14th and C streets, San Diego, 92101

 

Wednesday, Feb. 11 and Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Jazz in the Cafe

MNM, a San Diego-based jazz trio, performs at the Miramar College Café in the Student Services/K Building.

Miramar College, 10440 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, 92126

 

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 12:50 – 2:10 p.m.

Rehabilitation Not Incarceration

ACLU policy advisor Margaret Dooley-Sammuli presents a lecture detailing the benefits of rehabilitation over imprisonment.

City College, V-101, 1313 Park Blvd., San Diego, 92101

 

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 12:30 – 3 p.m.

“Sing Your Song”

A special screening of “Sing Your Song,” a documentary that tells the story of Harry Belafonte, who – besides being a famed entertainer – was an important leader in the American Civil Rights Movement.  A discussion will follow.

Miramar College, M-103, 10440 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, 92126

 

Thursday, Feb. 26, 12:50 – 2:10 p.m.

“Second Chances”

A panel discussion involving San Diego City College students who come from various backgrounds – including a refugee, a military veteran, and a former incarcerated individual – who have turned their fortunes around after getting a second chance in life.

City College, V-101, 1313 Park Blvd., San Diego, 92101

 

Thursday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Black History Celebration

Body percussionist Danny Barber (aka SlapJazz Danny) will be among the performers. Also featured will be students portraying prominent African American leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Booker T. Washington, and Maya Angelou. A PowerPoint presentation will focus on the importance black history in America.

Mid-City Campus, 3792 Fairmount Ave., San Diego, 92105

 

Thursday, Feb. 26, 3 – 5:30 p.m.

“Lightning in a Bottle”

A screening and discussion of Antoine Fuqua’s documentary on the blues, “Lighting in a Bottle.”

Miramar College, M-103, 10440 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, 92126

Black History Month evolved from Negro History Week, established in 1926 during the second week of February to coincide with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Feb. 12 and Frederick Douglass’s birthday on Feb. 14. Negro History Week was expanded to Black History Month in 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial.