Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges Hold Community Events for Black History Month

Throughout February, Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges in El Cajon hold workshops, musical performances, literary readings, and an art exhibit to celebrate Black History Month.

Free online and in-person community events honor the heritage, traditions and contributions of Black Americans.

Cuyamaca College events can be accessed on the Student Affairs website at cuyamaca.edu/student-support/student-affairs/culture-community-circle.php.

Grossmont College’s in-person events will only be open to the campus community due to COVID-19 protocols, but will be available to everyone via live stream on the Grossmont College YouTube channel or tinyurl.com/mtkpx588.

Here is the schedule of events at each of the community colleges:

Cuyamaca College

  • The Sounds of Blackness: College Hour Program, presented by Kendrick Dial and Brisa Lauren, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on February 9 with Lyrical Groove, an award-winning local soul, gospel, hip-hop and spoken word group, live – broadcast from the Cuyamaca College Theatre.
  • Open Mic, 2 p.m. Feb. 16 to share your work or interests.
  • Barriers to Becoming a First Generation Black Student Workshop, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Feb. 17.
  • In His Words: Dissecting Truth, Justice and Martin Luther King Jr. presentation, 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 23, led by Yaa Faraji, screenwriter, spoken word, poet, and author based in Los Angeles.
  • Workshop on African-American Soldiers in the Philippine American War (1899-1902), 10-11 a.m. Feb. 25.
  • Mental Health Stigma in the Black Community Workshop with Discussion, 12-1 p.m. Feb. 28.

Grossmont College

  • Sound Bites – Rap and Hip Hop and the World series with discussion, from noon on weekdays until February 28 on the history of rap music. Register on tinyurl.com/myyb8ybe.
  • Afro-LatinX Connection, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 17.
  • African and African American Art Exhibit, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21-25 at the Performing and Visual Arts Center’s Hyde Gallery, by appointment only at [email protected]
  • Black History Month celebration with music and food, 9-11 a.m. Feb. 22, followed by African American literature readings, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the main quad.

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