Colleges honor black history and culture

yamaro@mercedsunstar.comFebruary 5, 2013 

A student club at Merced College is inviting the community to celebrate Black History Month.

This is the second year Student Organization Unified Leadership, known as SOUL, is organizing an event to celebrate black culture, said Antoine Hubbard, president of the club.

This year's theme will be the "March on Washington," in remembrance of the march's 50th anniversary. The event runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Merced College Theater. It will consist of gospel, dance and poetry performances.

UC Merced also will observe Black History Month with several events planned throughout the month.

It's important for communities such as Merced to observe Black History Month, Hubbard said. "We've had a lot of racial issues here in Merced," he said.

There have been improvements, but more remains to be accomplished, he said. By having events such as Sunday's, the community can come together, he said.

Hubbard said his organization hopes to have more support from the college in putting together the event in the future. "To ensure that we continue to have the celebration," he said.

During the event, several people who have made positive contributions to the community will be honored with certificates of appreciation, Hubbard said. One will be Sun-Star photographer Marci Stenberg, who recently died.

The cost of the event is $1 for children, $2 for students with ID and $3 for the public.

The funds will go to the club, Hubbard said. The group's goal is to establish high school scholarships to "hopefully encourage youth to pursue higher education beyond high school."

Festivities at UC Merced include a discussion called "Right & Wrong in Hair Care."

The event aims to break myths about black hair care as well as offer tips on how to care for hair at home.

Other events include "The Black Power Mixtape," a discussion that will look at the legacy of Angela Davis and her profound impact on liberation movements around the globe, according to the university.

For the days and times of UC Merced events, visit the university's homepage.

Reporter Yesenia Amaro can be reached at (209) 385-2482 or

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