Black History Month

Representation, Identity and Diversity

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their true central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

A Conversation With Dr. Cornel West

Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy @Harvard University

Moorpark College Student Hosts and Moderators Gerald Richardson III, MC/Black Students Union President and Pauline Nassar, MC/Black Students Union President Chief Director presented an afternoon with Dr. Cornel West on February 26, 2021 from 12PM–1:30PM

Best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at nineteenth and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. He has a passion to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of truth and bearing witness to love and justice.

black and white photo of Cornel West

The Black History Month 2021 theme

Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity–explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States.

Month Long Celebration, Year Long Presence

Moorpark College celebrates Black History Month, and Black History Awareness all year long! With a wonderful line-up of virtual presentations this month, you can register now. We will be posting the webinars recorded for viewing and revisiting all year. There are also resources available on this page to refer to in class and in the community.

BHM Committee

Banea Sumpter, Timothy Lumas, Gerald Richardson III, Ka Ren Mac Calla, Analisa Jugan, Ranford Hopkins, Dina Pielaet, Micaiah Satterwhite, Trinity Hooper, Tamarra Coleman, Cynthia Barnett, Lauren Snowden, Pauline Nassar

MC Black Student Union Mission Statement:

  • Serve and unify the students of the African Diaspora at Moorpark College. 
  • Identify relevant issues and initiate appropriate action in order to reduce or eliminate any impediments believed to be adverse to students and their continued well-being and matriculation. 
  • Provide enriching experiences and assuring continuing development of a progressive environment which is conducive to underrepresented students in their quest to obtain a great qualitative and meaningful education.
  • Challenge its membership to actively address political, social, and cultural injustices while at the same time celebrating and acknowledging the advancement of people of color at Moorpark College.