Butte College is honoring Black History Month with free weekly events celebrating history, poetry, music, and food throughout February.
All of the events are being organized and presented by the College’s new Cultural & Community Center.
“This is our first Black History Month Celebration at our new location,” said Yvette Zuniga, Butte College student activities specialist. “We are very excited to be hosting this celebration along with other events on campus that focus on culture and diversity so that students may connect with each other.”
The celebration kicks off with a screening of the “Mighty Times: The Children’s March,” followed by a discussion on February 2, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the Culture & Community Center, Swing Space F on the main campus, 3536 Butte Campus Drive.
"The Children's March," a 40-minute Academy Award winning documentary, tells the story of how young people of Birmingham, Alabama, braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees. Their heroism complements discussions about the ability of today's young people to be catalysts for positive social change.
On February 10, a “How to Slam Workshop” is scheduled for 6-7 p.m., followed by a “Poetry Slam” from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Chico Center, 2320 Forest Ave.
“Everyone is welcome and those who are intimidated or nervous about slamming can attend the workshop first to get some practice. The last poetry slam we did was really good. Students came with poems and did a phenomenal job of performing them,” said Zuniga.
On February 15, students will have the opportunity to listen and discuss the history of Black music with Mark Latham, Butte College music appreciation and theory instructor, and how it has influenced the music and musicians of today. This event will be held from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Cultural & Community Center, Swing Space F.
“A Taste of Soul Food” ends the celebration with a bountiful buffet on February 24, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Cultural & Community Center Swing Space F.
“This will be an opportunity for students to come and taste some soul food and hang out together,” said Zuniga.
For more information on Butte College’s Black History Month celebration visit www.Butte.edu/ccc, email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by the CCC during its regular hours Mondays – Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. – noon.