LATTC Celebrates Black History Month!

February 1, 2024


Black History Month

Happy Black History Month! Throughout February, LATTC joins the rest of the nation, and many parts of the world, in celebrating the achievements of African Americans and recognizing their central role in U.S history. Join the college for a month of activities, including live music performances, conversations, art exhibitions, and a lively festival. 听

LATTC 2024 Black History Month Events听

Black History Month Kick Off 鈥淭he Heartbeat of our People鈥
Wednesday, February 7, 11 am鈥1 pm 听
North Lawn, LATTC 听
LATTC Kicks off Black History Month with "The Heartbeat of Our People." Join the campus community at the outdoor plaza near the E3/Culinary Arts Building and take in an听interactive and lively drum circle performance.听Vendors will be present and will offer African items, mini sweet听 potato pies, and Jamaican meat pies. Limited giveaways are available.

Black History Month: Conversation with Greg Akili
Thursday, February 9, 12鈥2 pm听
C2 Building-ASO Lounge听
Join a conversation on labor struggles and social justice in Los Angeles featuring Greg Akili. Mr. Akili. Born in the segregated South, Akili grew up in a community with high unemployment, underfunded schools, and crime. As a frustrated teen, Akili began getting into trouble which resulted in a brief stint in jail at the age of 19. Determined to turn his life around Akili became involved in the Civil Rights and social justice movement. He now has over 50 years of experience as a laborer, community organizer, and political leader.

Black History Month: Master Class with Dr. Edward Bush
Wednesday, February 15, 12鈥1:30 pm听
F5-107 Auditorium听
LATTC invites you to a conversation and masterclass with Dr. Edward C. Bush. Dr. Bush has 25 years of experience in higher education serving in the California Community Colleges System. He currently serves as the President of Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. Dr. Bush is committed to tackling issues relating to equity, diversity, and access for all students. He is co-founder and board member of the African American Male Network and Development Incorporated (A2MEND), a non-profit organization comprised of Community College Faculty and Administrators who volunteer their time to use their scholarly and professional expertise to foster institutional change within the Colleges they serve. 听

Black History Month: Meet-and-Greet and Film Screening with Beni Marquez
Wednesday, February 21, 11 am鈥2 pm听
F5-101 | Multipurpose Room听
LATTC presents a special meet-and-greet with director and Afro-Venezuelan filmmaker Beni Marquez, followed by a screening of his 2018 film Mama Africa. Mama Africa focuses on the cultural connections between Nigeria and Venezuela. The film promotes the rich history, joys, and potential of the African continent鈥攁s well as the daily lives and struggles of those who are of African descent and of the African Diaspora settled in Venezuela. The film was featured in the Rhode Island Black Film Festival (2021), Pan-African Film Festival (2020), Black Communities Conference (2019), and Afro-Latino Film Festival (2019) amongst others. Marquez's previous projects include television and radio production, music video direction, as well as Drummer Sessions, a project dedicated to the diffusion, and promotion of Afro-Caribbean percussion. 听

Black History Month: Concert Feat. Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles
Saturday, February 24, 11 am-12:30听
(ICYOLA), the largest majority Black orchestra in America,听will present a concert in honor of Black History Month hosted at LATTC. The performance will feature patriotic music that uplifts the African American experience and includes a presentation of "The Hill We Climb," a choral and orchestral setting of the 2021 Inauguration Poem by Amanda Gorman.听

Black History Month: Master Class with Dr. Chike Akua
Tuesday, February 27, 12鈥1:30 pm听
E3- 106A
LATTC invites you to a conversation and masterclass with Dr. Chike Akua, a professor of educational leadership and an African-centered leadership strategist to colleges, universities, educational conferences, and urban schools鈥攂oth domestically and abroad. As the author of eleven books, he has written and published several books and guides designed for today鈥檚 students. 听

Black History Month: 鈥淲here Black is Brown: The African Diaspora in Mexico鈥 Art Exhibition
Wednesday, February 28, 10 am鈥4 pm and Thursday, February 29, 9 am鈥12 pm听听
F5-101 | Multipurpose Room听
Dr. Toni-Mokjaetji Humber was a longtime educator and pioneering researcher. Dr. Humber passed away last summer after a battle with lymphoma, however, her life and legacy live on. Dr. Humber鈥檚 art exhibition, 鈥淲here Black is Brown: The African Diaspora in Mexico鈥 was developed from her 2003 sabbatical research and subsequent journeys to Mexico. She curated the exhibition to further the understanding of African influence and contributions in the Americas and to foster greater understanding among African American, Chicano/Latinx, and Indigenous communities about their historical connections.听

Thursday, February 29, 10 am鈥2 pm 听
E3 Building Cafeteria 听
Join Umoja for the Inaugural Region 4 Homecoming Event. This family friendly celebration brings together the Region 4 Umoja Community from Long Beach, Los Angeles, all the way up to Santa Barbara. Join this interactive day with live music, food, and community!听 听

Black History Month: State of the Black Student Achievement in 91影视 Townhall
Thursday, February 29, 2鈥4 pm听
"The State of The African American Student" is a topic that has garnered significant attention from various perspectives, including administration, faculty, and the broader community. It represents a crucial conversation within the educational landscape, as it involves addressing disparities and challenges faced by African American students while also acknowledging their achievements and potential. Join District colleagues as we explore and discuss these issues and celebrate and shine a light on Black student achievement throughout 91影视. Refreshments will be provided.听 听