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History Month to Shine a Light on 'Black Excellence' Across Generations

Educator Gwen Alexis Will Keynote Feb. 27 President's Reception

Gwendolyn Alexis

Gwen Alexis, lecturer in African American studies. Photo by Cindy Rouze.

Update: Additional events have been added to Cal State Fullerton's celebration of Black History Month.

Activist and educator Gwen Alexis will headline Cal State Fullerton's annual celebration of Black History Month, delivering the keynote address at a Wednesday, Feb. 27, president's reception.

Hosted by President Fram Virjee and his wife, Julie, in partnership with Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers, the 5:30-7:30 p.m. reception will be held in the Titan Student Union's Portola Pavilion AB.

Alexis' keynote address, "Black Excellence: Then, Now and Always," will highlight the leadership, passion and talents of generations past and present.

A lecturer in CSUF's African American Studies Department, Alexis earned her bachelor's degree in performing arts from The State University of New York-Empire State College and her master's degree in history from The City University of New York-City College. She also teaches online history courses for John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Other Black History Month activities include:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 5 — "Let's Chat: Black Affirmation," hosted by the African American Resource Center, 1 p.m. Pollak Library, Room 180

  • Monday, Feb. 11 — Movie Discussion: "The Help," hosted by the African American Resource Center, 11:30 a.m. Pollak Library, Room 180

  • Tuesday, Feb. 12 — Mixer, hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Black Student Union, 7 p.m. Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion C

  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 — Black Jeopardy, hosted by the Alliance for the Preservation of African Consciousness and Sistertalk, 5:45 p.m. Titan Student Union Pub

  • Thursday, Feb. 21 — Movie Discussion: "Selma," hosted by the African American Resource Center, 11:30 a.m. Pollak Library, Room 180

  • Thursday, Feb. 21 — Lecture and Discussion: "Researching African American Family History," hosted by the Pollak Library and History Department, 4 p.m. Pollak Library, Room 130

  • Tuesday, Feb. 26 — Talk: "Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite," hosted by the American Studies Department, 5 p.m. Gordon Hall (formerly University Hall), Room 319

  • Thursday, Feb. 28 — Presentation: "Stay Woke: Diversity, Leadership, Donald Trump and the Future of America," featuring political activist and author Kevin Powell, hosted by the African American Studies Department, African American Resource Center, and Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers, 1 p.m. Pollak Library, Room 130

For more information about Black History Month, contact Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers at dirc@fullerton.edu.

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