*Keeping It Alive

Black/Africana Studies at 50
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In 1969, after months of protest and the shut-down of the San Francisco State University campus (then called San Francisco State College), students, faculty and community supporters successfully rallied for the creation of the country’s first Black Studies Department. In this panel discussion, longtime and retired Black Studies professors from Bay Area colleges discuss ongoing challenges and victories past to present. The panel will include Dr. Siri Brown, Dr. Oba T’Shaka, Dr. Dorothy Randall Tsuruta and Dr. Wade Nobles, professor emeritus in the Department of Africana Studies, the School of Ethnic Studies at SFSU and the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family, Life and Culture, Inc. in Oakland.  

Related Exhibition: Strike! Ethnic Studies Now, on view March 23–June 20, 2019, on the third floor of the Main Library. This exhibit explores the events leading up to the strike, the campus strike and the need and enduring legacy of Ethnic Studies.

Related Programs:

The SF State Student Strike of 1968: Bay Area Poets Celebrate the Spirit of the 1968 Strike, Sunday, March 24, 2019, 1:00–4:00 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Community Rooms A & B, Main Library, Lower Level.

APIAs Waking Up! Jump into Action: Commemorating 50 Years of Asian American Studies, Sunday, April 28, 2019, 12:00 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Community Rooms A & B, Main Library, Lower Level.

*Patrocinado por los Amigos de la Biblioteca Pública de San Francisco.

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