News - 01/31/2014

MiraCosta College Celebrates Black History Month

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MiraCosta College will celebrate Black History Month with a number of workshops and activities scheduled for February. All events are free except as noted below.

Soul Food Lunch 
Monday, February 4 10:30am – 3:30pm PST Student Center, Cafeteria (Bldg. 3400) 

The cafeteria will highlight traditional soul foods that have been staples in Black families for generations. Come and enjoy your choice of southern fried chicken or baked blackened catfish with black eyed peas, greens and cornbread.

Who’s Allowed to Use the “N” Word
Tuesday, February 4th, 1pm - Student Center Clubroom Oceanside Campus
This workshop will use personal reflection, group discussion and selected video clips to try and answer the questions of who is allowed to use the N-word.
With Dr. Bruce Hoskins

United Black Student Conference 
Friday, February 7, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Concert Hall (Bldg. 2400) Online registration required

Topic: Excellence Through Academic Transformation (E.A.T.): Celebrating Black Women 
A variety of workshops will be offered as well as food and entertainment. To register, click here.

The New Jim Crow: The War on Drugs and America’s Mass Incarceration of Black Men
Tuesday, February 11, 1 p.m. Student Center, Aztlan A/B

This workshop delves into the critical issues revolving around race and mass incarceration, while fostering the opportunity to discuss and think critically about the modern day war on drugs. Presented by MiraCosta College sociology instructor, Dr. Thao Ha.

Racial Profiling: A legal Context and Perspective
Tuesday, February 18, 1 p.m. Student Center, Club Room

This workshop will examine the facts behind racial profiling and explore the multiple perspectives that are involved in this social phenomenon. Presented by MiraCosta College administration of justice instructor, Pat Connolly.

"Dark Girls" Movie Screening and Discussion
Friday, February 21, 12 - 2:45 p.m. Little Theatre (3601)

The San Diego Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., will host a screening of the documentary film, "Dark Girls," with a discussion to follow. The film goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world and explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures.

History of Jazz Fundraiser
Saturday February 22, 5 p.m. Concert Hall Admission: $15
The MiraCosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra (MOJO) will perform jazz styles of prominent black artists encompassing the 1920s through the 1960s. Proceeds will benefit the Umoja Program at MiraCosta College, a program designed to address the retention, persistence and success of African-American students.

Am I Black Enough?
Tuesday, February 25, 1 p.m. Student Center, Aztlan A/B
This workshop will examine the concept of race and specifically people of black heritage from a biological and cultural perspective. Presented by MiraCosta College behavioral science instructor David McField and sociology instructors Anthony Blacksher and Bruce Hoskins.

College Hour: Interfaith Community Panel Discussion on MLK’s Influence Thursday, February 27, 12:30–1:30 p.m. Student Center, Aztlan A/B

This discussion on Martin Luther King’s influence will feature testimonials from Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders. Panelists will be Rev. J. Lee Hill, Jr., of Christian Fellowship Congregational Church; Rabbi Ben Kamin, MLK scholar and founder of Reconciliation, The Synagogue Without Walls; Dr. Beth Johnson, pastor of Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; Imam Taha, of the Islamic Center of San Diego; and Dr. Darwin Fishman, visiting professor of sociology at Cal State San Marcos.  

Ebony and Jet Magazine Cover Display 
February 3–28  MiraCosta College Library (Bldg. 1200) 

This month-long exhibit will highlight black culture and history in the areas of arts and entertainment, sports, politics, religion, science, business and education. The display is a visual journey depicting the enormous changes that have taken place in the black community in America for almost seven decades.

All events will be held at the college’s Oceanside Campus, located at 1 Barnard Drive. For additional information about the events, contact Don Love at or Bruce Hoskins at

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