2020 Local Black History Month Events

Thursday | February 6, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Downtown Santa Cruz Library | 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz

BOOK TALK WITH MARIA GITIN

Activist Author Maria Gitin will read from her memoir, "This Bright Light of Ours: Stories From The Voter Rights Fight", as she joined African American Civil Rights Workers in the voter registration movement in the Deep South. This event is FREE and hosted by the NAACP Santa Cruz Branch, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, and United Way.  

 

Friday | February 7, 2020 | 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Downtown Santa Cruz Library - Upstairs Meeting Room | 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz

BLACK LIVES IN SANTA CRUZ: WHAT MATTERS

Through the words and images of the people who experience it, "Black Lives in Santa Cruz: What Matters" reveals some of the racial disparity and injustice in our community. The photography and interview exhibit is by Allison Garcia. Light refreshments will be provided. 

 

Monday | February 10, 2020 | Doors open 6:30 pm| Lecture begins 7:00pm 
Santa Cruz  Civic Auditorium | 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz

ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CONVOCATION

The 36th Annual UC Santa Cruz Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Convocation will feature Charlene Carruthers - strategist, author, and leading organizer in today’s black liberation movement. Additionally, the presentation of the 12th Annual Tony Hill Memorial Award will take place.

In this talk, Charlene Carruthers will draw upon the Black radical tradition as seen in Dr. King's political evolution, the organizers who shaped his leadership, and the lessons she's learned over the past 15 years of radical Black feminist activism and community organizing. Through historical reflection and analysis of current movements (local and global), this talk will explore efforts to build political power and the "beloved community" Dr. King spoke of through a radical, abolitionist, Black queer feminist approach.

 

Friday | February 28, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
La Selva Beach Community Church | Florido Ave, La Selva Beach

FILM SCREENING: HARRIET

The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. 

 

Friday | February 28, 2020 | Game Starts at 7:00pm
Kaiser Permanente Arena | 140 Front Street, Santa Cruz

BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION GAME -
SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS VS. RIO GRANDE VALLEY VIPERS

Enjoy a night filled with cultural entertainment! Tickets are $35 per person and includes a commemorative Black History Month Celebration t-shirt. For tickets, go to www.groupmatics.events/bhistory

These local Black History Month Events are made possible by a partnership with the NAACP - Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Santa Cruz Warriors Basketball, UC Santa Cruz, and United Way. Special thanks to Kaiser Permanente for sponsoring Black History Month in Santa Cruz County.