UC Riverside Presents Black History Month Lecture Series

The series will run from Jan. 19 to March 1

Adisa Ajamu

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The University of California, Riverside invites the community to attend the Black History Month Lecture Series, presented by Carolyn Murray, professor of psychology at UCR. The series includes four speaking engagements, and is held in honor of Frances Cress Welsing. It begins on Tuesday, Jan. 19 and continues through March 1.

Welsing (1935-2016) was known as a distinguished African-centered psychiatrist. Her 1970 essay “The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy),” offered her insightful interpretation on the origins of the global white supremacy culture explained Murray.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in Lot 1.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 19, HUB 302, 6 p.m. – Wade Nobles is professor emeritus in the department of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University. He is also the founder and executive director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family, Life and Culture, Inc. in Oakland. His lecture is titled “Yesterday is History, Today is a Miracle, Tomorrow is a Mystery: History is the Key to Unlocking the Mystery of the Miracle.”
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, Olmsted 1208, 8:10 p.m. – Àdisà Àjàmú is executive director of the Atunwa Collective, a community development consulting group located in Atlanta, Georgia. He is working on temporary assignment, as the deputy director of the University STEM Academy, which is housed at UCR. The title of his talk is, “Under the FUBU is a Guru: Genius, Activism and Meaningful Black Manhood.”
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, Olmsted 1208, 6:30 p.m. – A.C. Jones is a senior felony trial attorney in the Complex Litigation Unit of the Riverside County Public Defender’s Office. Before becoming an attorney, Jones worked as a deputy in Los Angeles County for over 20 years. His presentation is titled, “When the Game is Rigged, You Can’t Win Playing by the Rules.”

“Black History Month at UC Riverside is a great way for the campus and surrounding community to celebrate the history, contributions, legacies and culture of people of African descent. It’s also an opportunity for us to bring awareness about the history and culture to the community at large,” said Murray.

Co-sponsors of the event include African Student Programs, African Students United in Science, Riverside County Department of Mental Health and Cultural Competence, and the African American Family Wellness Advisory Group.

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Additional Contacts

Carolyn Murray
Tel: (951) 827-5293
E-mail: carolyn.murray@ucr.edu

Ken Simons
Tel: (951) 827-4576
E-mail: kenneth.simons@ucr.edu

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