Black History Month

Showcasing Black Excellence - February 2023


Week 1: Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM

Title: Showcasing Black Excellence

Mistress of Ceremony: Madam President, Dr. Arrie Smith, African American Faculty & Staff Association - Fresno City College

Location: OAB Auditorium

Opening Day Program

  • Welcome Remarks: Dr. Lataria Hall, Vice President of Student Services.
  • Invocation: Rev. D.J. Criner, Pastor, St. Rest Baptist Church
  • Black National Anthem: Christian David, FCC Graduate
  • Libation Ceremony: Professor Auguste Kouadio & Professor Ronda Kelley, African American Studies Faculty
  • Greetings and Acknowledgement of Guest: Dr. Arrie Smith, President, AAFSA
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Mitchell, Director, CSUF Medical Services
  • Acknowledgement & Closing Words: Dr. Arrie Smith, President, AAFSA
  • Closing Prayer: Rev. D.J. Criner, Pastor, St. Rest Baptist Church

Week 2: Wellness

Monday, February 6, 2023

Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM

Title: Thriving, more than Surviving

Presenter: Mr. Chris Pennywell

Location: OAB 251

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Time: 9:00AM-2:00PM

Title: Fresno County Superintendent of Schools - African American Student Leadership Conference

Location: Off Campus

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM

Title: The Fearless Athlete

Presenter: Mr. Kevin Jordan

Location: OAB 251

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM

Title: Challenges of the Formally Incarcerated

Presenter: Mr. Terry Myers

Location: OAB 131

Week 3: Performing Arts

Monday, February 13, 2023

Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM

Title: Music

Location: Cafeteria Patio

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM

Title: Drum Circle

Location: Veterans Square

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Time: TBA

Title: Poetry Jam (Open Forum)

Location: Cafeteria Patio

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Time: 9:00AM-5:00PM

Title: Art

Presenter: Harley Roach Exhibitor

Location: Student Activities

Week 4: Black Leadership

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Time: 12:00PM-1:15PM

Title: Black Male Excellence & Leadership

Location: Zoom Meeting for Black Male Excellence & Leadership

Panel Discussion

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Time: 11:30AM-2:00PM

Title: Focus on you, not the storm

Location: OAB 183

Porch Talk

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Time: 10:00AM-11:00AM

Title: Dr. Jessica Harris; Author - High on the Hog

Location: OAB Auditorium

Friday, February 24, 2023

Time: 9:15AM-1:30PM

Title: Middle School African American Student Leadership Conference

Location: Off Campus


Time: 6:00PM-8:000PM

Title: Honoring Local Trailblazers

Location: Off Campus - African American Historical & Cultural Museum

Week 5: Closing Ceremony

Monday, February 27, 2023

Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM

Title: Business Panel

Panelist: Lynesha Senegal, Entrepreneur; Vincent Mayz, App Developer; Tamara Epperson, Real Estate; Amber Balakian, Entrepreneur and Instructor

Location: OAB Auditorium

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM

Title: Closing Ceremony

Speaker: Ms. Anita Evans, Madera Councilwoman

Location: OAB Auditorium