African Peoples History Month activities at California State University, Fresno continue throughout February with New York Times Best Seller, Terry McMillan, speaking Saturday, Feb. 12, and the Africana Art Exhibit at the Henry Madden Library.
McMillan, author of “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “Waiting to Exhale” and “Getting Happy,” will speak at 7 p.m. at the Satellite Student Union (2485 E. San Ramon Ave.) as a guest of the Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholars Committee. Her presentation, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by USU Productions and Associated Students Inc.
The Africana Art Exhibit, also free, runs through Feb. 28 in the library’s Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery.
“For Colored Girls,” a film depicting the lives and struggles of nine women, will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Satellite Student Union. Tickets are $4 for the general public, $2 for Fresno State students with ID.
African Culture Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Satellite Student Union will feature traditional dances from Africa and the Americas. It is free and open to the public. A Centennial reception with Africana and American Indian Studies Program faculty will begin at 5 p.m. in Peters Ellipse Gallery.
On Feb. 22, the Rosa Parks Awards will be presented in the University Student Union, Room 312-314, followed on Feb. 25 by the film, “Skin,” presented by CineCulture. A postscreening discussion will be led by filmmaker Tony Fabian.
At 4 p.m. Feb. 27 in the university Concert Hall, the Fresno State Department of Music presents Robert Ray, whose “Gospel Mass” has become a standard in contemporary African-American music. He will conduct his music with the Fresno State Concert Choir in a performance that is free and open to the public.
African Peoples History Month activities at Fresno State are sponsored by the Africana Studies Panel, Associated Students Inc., Black Students United, Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute, CineCulture and USU Productions.
For more information call the Center for Women and Culture at 559.278.6946 or visit www.csufresno.edu/cvchi.
(Copy by University Communications news intern Christy Patron)