CSUB Celebrates Black History Month with Second Annual Gospel Fest, Other Events Throughout February

Each February, the nation celebrates the importance of Black History Month. This year, California State University, Bakersfield continues the tradition with many activities taking place for students, faculty, staff and community members. 

The second annual Gospel Fest will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the Icardo Center and will bring churches from Kern County together with choirs and music throughout the night.

Performers will include Ebenezer Baptist Church, Greater Harvest Christian Center, Mike Jennings, The People’s Missionary Baptist Church, Pleasant View Baptist Church, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, St. Peter Restoration Community Christian Ministries, Southwest Christian Center, and more. The event is free and open to the public.

Albert “Al” J. Williams, vice president of the San Joaquin Valley Business Unit for Chevron’s North America Exploration and Production Company, will be the featured speaker at CSUB’s Unity Breakfast at 6:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in the Housing and Residence Life Multipurpose Room.

During the breakfast celebration, a member of the campus community will be recognized for outstanding contributions in promoting diversity and collaborations.

CSUB Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Thomas Wallace will speak at a Brown Bag Discussion at noon Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Stockdale Room on the CSUB campus. Dr. Wallace will present on the Tut Language, a secret reading and spoken language created by black American slaves using English alphabet phonics. The discussion also will include an interactive session, so students, faculty and staff can join in and learn to speak the language as well.

Throughout the month of February, student clubs and organizations will host various activities on campus, including tabling for the African Student Association, Expression Night, The History of The Black Panthers Social with Dr. Tracey Salisbury, among others.

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