Black History Month


This week in Black History: One of America’s greatest orators, Frederick Douglass died on February 20, 1895 in Washington, DC at age 77. He was born (Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey) and celebrated February 14, 1818 as the date of his birth. Douglass was born in  Talbot County, Maryland.  Born a slave, after escaping slavery, Douglass became one of the world’s foremost abolitionist and human rights leaders. 

This week in Black History: On February 15, 2011, Maya Angelou, American poet, author, actress, filmmaker, and civil rights activist was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Two weeks ago in Black History: On February 10, 1964, the US House of Representatives passes the Civil Rights Act of 1964 following 70 days of debate! The Act made discrimination illegal on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, and sex in public accomodations, employment, and programs that are federally funded.  

February is Black History Month!  We celebrate Black history, culture and stories while recognizing the adversity and oppression that have shaped Black experience in our country. Through understanding our past, we can transform our future together. 

Some local events that will be taking place throughout the month are listed below:

Sacramento State is celebrating Black History Month with a series of events, please see their schedule here

UC Davis is celebrating Black History Month with a series of events, please see their schedule here

Video footage from the Tyre Nichols tragedy was recently released.  This hits close to home as he is from Sacramento and his family still lives in the area.  We acknowledge the lasting impact this and similar events have had on our youth.  

Be well.  Stay safe. Sending love to our Black/African American community.