Affected by the pandemic, the Black History Month events in Chabot College will all be held online this year. Anyone can learn about African American students in Chabot College to share their experiences and recognize their achievements in Chabot College and their contributions to the community.
A total of nine related activities will be carried out online throughout February at Chabot College. Anyone can obtain information and register through the official website at Chabot. (http://www.chabotcollege.edu/events/black-history-month.php)
These activities covered a variety of topics, including discussions on social and educational aspects of black people, speeches by students and teachers, and recognition of Black students at Chabot College who earned 3.0 or more GPA in Fall 2020.
Through these activities, Chabot College provides a platform for black students to share information and exchange, research and preserve black culture, and promote the unity of black communities.
Brian Augsburger is one of the heads of Black History Month events. He talked about people heard from presenters on the Black-Latinx experience, Anti-Blackness in Education and Educational Equity, and the experience of Black women educators in STEM.
Black Scholars Night highlighted the accomplishments of our Black students in the Fall ’20 semester and honored the Educators of Excellence at Chabot who are part of their support system.
Brian said on Mar 9, 2021, “This event is a way for us to acknowledge and show support for Black students along their educational journey here at Chabot College.”
Professors Orellana Johnson & Carmen Johnston both facilitated wonderful events this Black History Month. Carmen said she organized a panel called “Anti Blackness in Education” sponsored by Change It Now! The panelists discussed their experiences with anti-blackness throughout their educational careers and what instructors could do to support Black excellence in their classrooms.
“Everyone who attended found the presentation very insightful. A few instructors shared how they were going to implement the suggestions right away in their classrooms, ”Carmen said on Mar 10, 2021.
Brain finally said, “I encourage our whole Chabot community to seek out opportunities to learn about the experience of the Black students on our campus. I hope that we can continue to be intentional about learning from and supporting one another.”
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans. Originated from “Negro History Week” by the famous historian Carter G. Woodson. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month, calling on the American people to commemorate the neglected contributions made by African Americans.
In addition to the United States, other countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Ireland have also been officially recognized by the government to celebrate Black History Month. Until now, different countries are celebrating in various ways.
According to weforum.org, every year Black History Month will choose a theme. This year’s theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. Explore the complexity of African families immigrating to different states, countries, and continents and explore the past to the presence of African families.