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Feb 20

Lessons from Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement: Passing the Torch—From Selma to Today

6:30 - 8:30pm

@ High Tech High HTH Forum

Presented in collaboration with Gateway Educational Foundation

Join former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., and Dr. Clarence B. Jones—three pivotal figures of the 1960s civil rights movement, as they reflect on how the Selma to Montgomery march and other key actions led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Then consider what strategies can transform racist and unjust public policy today.

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Feb 21

Marshall Speaker Series Presents James Sobieski

6:30 - 8:30pm

@ Atkinson Auditorium

Thurgood Marshall College


Civil Rights attorney and activist James Sobieski discusses his participation in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer Effort.

Feb 22

The Marikana Massacre: How Could it Have Happened in Post-Apartheid South Africa?

12 - 1pm

@ Cognitive Science Building, Room 003

UCSD Department of Cognitive Science


In celebration of Black History Month, UCSD Cognitive Science is pleased to announce a talk from Provost Ivan Evans. Food will be served to the first 60 guests.

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Feb 22

Film Screening: Raisin in the Sun


@ Price Center Theater

University Centers


Raisin in the Sun (1961) (100% rotten tomatoes, classic cinema, b&w).

Feb 22

The Miseducation of Black Heritage

5 - 7pm

@ Cross-Cultural Center, PC East 2nd floor

Cross-Cultural Center


A presentation and open discussion on Afro-centric hair followed by collage making. In order to participate in the art portion, you must attend the beginning of the event. *Closed space for African/Black identifying students*

Feb 22

Let it Flow

7 - 9pm

@ Student Services Center Multi-Purpose Room

Sixth College Residence Life


Let it Flow is an event of spoken word, poetry and art from UCSD and local black artists sharing their experiences as black individuals in society and at UCSD.

Feb 22

Afro-Caribbean Dance & Drumming Workshop

3:30 - 6pm

@ Atkinson Pavilion, UCSD Faculty Club

African and African-American Studies Research Center


This program presents an overview of African and Afro-Caribbean percussive and dance forms with demonstrations by professional performers and audience participation.

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Feb 22

Alsarah & the Nubatones


@ PC East Ballroom

Sixth College Residence Life

$9 Student • $15 Youth (age 5 - 17) • $30 GA
15% off for UCSD staff, faculty & alumni

Since 2011, the Alsarah & the Nubatones has performed nationally and internationally at many prestigious venues to audiences varying in age and ethnicity, proving that soul crosses all cultural and linguistic barriers.

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Feb 22

Black History Month Night with Athletics

5 - 7pm

@ RIMAC Skybox

UC San Diego Intercollegiate Athletics, Black Resource Center


Celebrate Black History Month while cheering on our Triton Men's and Women's Basketball teams take-on Cal State Dominguez Hills!


Feb 24

16th Annual UCSD Black History Month Scholarship Brunch

10am - 1pm

@ PC Ballroom West

$680 Community Table • $600 UCSD Faculty/Staff • $85 GA • $75 UCSD Staff/Faculty/Alumni • $5 UCSD Student • $60 Student

Join us for UC San Diego’s 16th annual Black History Scholarship Brunch, with keynote speaker Colonel D. Gadson. All campus and community members are invited to this soulful experience, that includes recognition of student scholars, a Southern-style soul food brunch and a silent auction. All proceeds from the silent auction support undergraduate scholarships, enabling ambitious and motivated students to realize their academic dreams at UC San Diego

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All legendary African Americans who made significant achievements, contribution and innovations for the society, are the one in particular who inspires the organizations and companies today to launch a wide variety of scholarship funds for African American students and other minority students. The Black History Month Scholarship not just focuses on African Americans, but also covers the members of other races that are directly or indirectly linked with the history of African Americans and of the USA as a whole.

About Black History Month

February is the month that is celebrated across the globe as Black History Month where black history month scholarships are awarded to African American students by organizations, institutions and companies to pay tribute to famous and legendary African Americans who greatly contributed to the society we are living in today.

It is a week-long tribute that was actually established by renowned Carter G. Woodson dated back in 1926. On its 50th anniversary in 1976, it was finally accepted and largely celebrated as a part of country’s history and hence expanded into a month-long event that we recognize today as Black History Month.

The history books we read today have very little information about African Americans and their contribution towards the society, with very few exceptions, like George Washington Carver. Black history month actually plays a very pivotal role in highlighting the significance contribution made by the African Americans throughout the history. It has been over 30 years since the Negro History Week is celebrated as Black History Month.

Why Black History Month Scholarships Are Awarded?

To continue the fight against the inequalities several scholarships are awarded during the Black History Month to encourage the African American students and other minority groups to think, learn; write more extensively about Black History. Some of these scholarships are specifically awarded to minorities, while some are essay scholarships which are open to students of all backgrounds. Black History Month Scholarships are actually local scholarships that are funded by organizations dedicated to promote a greater understanding of diversity in history amongst the students in specific city or state.

Some Black History Month Scholarships

HCC Black History Committee Scholarship

Houston Community College Foundation distributes Black History Scholarships every year. The foundation raises funds to support scholarships for students of African heritage or African American students.  The foundation awards a $1,000 scholarship to the recipients to cover their tuition and costs of books.

UC San Diego UJIMA Network Black History Month Scholarship

This scholarship is named to pay tribute to Joseph W. Watson and Mary S. This scholarship is awarded to students who enroll for undergraduate courses in UC San Diego and demonstrate academic and innovative achievements in study of African Americans and its culture and history.

To receive the scholarship funds the applicants should be nominated by UC San Diego faculty members. UC San Diego is ranked at 59th position in QS World University ranking 2014-15 and holds the 41st position in Times World University Ranking 2014-15.

The Frito-Lay “Create to Celebrate” Black History Month Art Contest

Last year, Frito-Lay announced to team-up with United Negro College Fund or UNCF to introduce “Create to Celebrate” art contest to honor the African Americans who dedicatedly contributed to the community. Applicants are requested to submit original piece of art online which is created in any forms including, painting, sculpture, photos, songs and videos.

The form of art submitted online must recognize the African American achievements and their contribution towards the society. All applicants need to compete for the opportunity to win the grand scholarship amount of $10, 000 and second prize of $5,000 and third prize of $2,000.

Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program

Coca Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship program is dedicated towards offering awards and grants along with once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship experiences to all needy African American youths, especially the students who are struggling to pave the way for their success and future. Pay It Forward Scholarship is offered under the flagship of Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation.

The foundation, in partnership with Coca Cola Pay It Forward Program, hosts mentoring camps for youth African American students. Each year this program targets 100 youths in five different cities across the nation. An amount of $5,000 is offered under this scholarship which can be used to cover the tuition expenses and other costs.

The RBC Black History Month Student Essay Competition

RBC Black History Month Essay Writing competition is organized every year during the month of February for African Canadian Students. High school students from Toronto and students who are looking forward to attend a university or college in Canada are eligible to participate in the essay competition. The scholarship is awarded as first, second and third prize.

The participants need to write a 750 word essay on how black Canadians have contributed towards the heritage of the nation. The essay includes discussion on great achievements made by Black Canadians. This essay writing competition is organized to encourage the students to learn more about the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and winners are awarded with scholarship funds, ranging from $5,000 to $1,500.

The Jerry Bartow Scholarship Fund

Jerry Bartow Scholarship Fund is awarded every year by Black Executive Exchange Program or BEEP. The organization awards three scholarships every year to selected undergraduate students who intend to attend historically black college & universities or HBCU.

Students with major in education, technology, engineering and business are eligible to apply for this scholarship program. This scholarship basically targets the Black, Non-Hispanic, students who intend to enroll for full-time at 4 years college or university. The selected students will receive $5,000 under this scholarship program which they can use to cover their tuition and other expenses.

The Regions Riding Forward Black History Month Scholarship

Regions Financial Corporation awards Regions Riding Forward Black History Month Scholarship every year to college and high school students. Applicants need to participate in essay writing competition targeting the African Americans who inspired the society. The organization offers scholarships to 32 essay writing competition winners every year, two students from each region where the financial institution has its branches.

The competition is organized every year during the Black History Month to pay tribute to the African Americans who contributed towards the betterment of the society. The applicants must boast a grade point average of 2.0 or above to become eligible for $5,000 scholarship.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation General Mills Health Scholarship Program

CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship program is awarded every year and it is open to both graduate and undergraduate students who intend to major in health related students. However, the applicants must demonstrate leadership qualities, academic achievements and service to the community to receive the scholarship amount of $2,500.

The organization highly prefers African American students for this scholarship. Every year 43 scholarships are awarded to African American students who want to pursue high education in medicine, engineering, technology, nutrition, or other health-related studies.