Activities Scheduled to Commemorate
Black History Month
Posted January 28, 2002
HOLLAND -- Hope College has scheduled a series of
activities in commemoration of national Black History Month.
The public is invited to all of the events.
Admission is free.
The events will begin with the keynote address
"Back to Black: Bridging the Generation Gap," presented by
Dr. Oba T'Shaka on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Maas
Center auditorium. T'Shaka is professor and chair of the
Black Studies Department at San Francisco State University
in Oakland, Calif. A reception will follow.
The college's Black Film Series/Dialogue on Race
will present "Union Navy" on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.,
exploring the history of African Americans and their role in
the United States Navy. The series will also present "The
State of Black America" on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.,
discussing the present-day social conditions of the African
American community. Both events will take place in the Maas
Center conference room.
"Step Afrika!" will perform on Wednesday, Feb. 27,
at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre. "Step Afrika!" is a
collaborative project between young artists from the United
States, Europe and the South Africa-based Soweto Dance
Theater, and was established to promote appreciation for the
cultural art form of "stepping" and its linkages to art
forms around the world.
In addition, Hope will host the second annual
Ottawa Area Summit on Racism on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The day-
long event, sponsored by the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity
Alliance, is featuring the theme "Be More Than An Open
Mind... Be There." Additional information may be obtained
by calling (616) 846-9074 or on-line at
T'Shaka has been chair of the Black Studies
Department at San Francisco State University since 1984.
His expertise includes ancient African history, African
American history, African philosophy, Black political
theory, and African and African American leadership
He is the author of four books: "The Political
Legacy of Malcolm X"; "The Art of Leadership," Volume I and
Volume II; and "Return to the African Mother Principle of
Male Female Equality," Volume I. He is the author of
numerous articles, and has had work in publications
including "The Black Scholar," "Black Books Bulletin," "The
Journal of Black Poetry," "Black Dialogue," "The Journal of
African Civilization" and the "Journal of Black Studies."
T'Shaka has been active in Black freedom movements
since 1960. From 1963 to 1965, he was chair of San
Francisco CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), which
spearheaded a campaign for jobs for Blacks and other peoples
of color in San Francisco and throughout California. He led
an international work project to Tanzania made up of members
of the Pan African People's Organization (P.A.P.O.) in 1963,
and in 1974 played a major leadership role in the Sixth Pan
African Congress, in Tanzania, chairing the North American
He is currently national vice chair for organizing
and training for the National Black United Front (NBUF), and
is co-chair of BUFFER (Black United Front for Educational
He holds a doctorate in education from WISR
(Western Institute for Social Research), in Berkeley.