Black History Month at Grossmont & Cuyamaca colleges


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Workshops, music, literature readings, and an art exhibit are among the events that will highlight Black History Month at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges in February. 

A diverse selection of events will honor the traditions, legacies and contributions of Black Americans. All events are free. Some will be held virtually and others in-person for the campus community.     

Cuyamaca College’s events are available virtually through the Student Affairs website. Grossmont College’s in-person events will be open only to the campus community due to pandemic protocols, but accessible to all via live-stream viewing on the Grossmont College YouTube channel or more information, go to



The Sounds of Blackness: College Hour Program

February 9, 2022 | 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

(Event will be live-streamed from the Cuyamaca College Theater)

Presented by: Kendrick Dial and Brisa Lauren, Lyrical Groove, a local soul, gospel, hip-hop and spoken-word band named Best Hip-Hop group at the San Diego Music Awards in October 2013.

Walking through history with Black Music, this presentation will explore notable moments in Black History utilizing original songs through a live performance.


Open Mic

February 16, 2022 | 2 to 3 p.m.

Come celebrate the power of our individual voices. Share your work or interests by taking the mic or just drop in to listen or make new friends.


Barriers to being a First-Generation Black College Student

February 17, 2022 | 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.?

This workshop will address various issues Black students face such as: Imposter Syndrome and how it leads to self-sabotaging, perfectionism, anxiety and depression, among other problems.


In His Words: Dissecting Truth, Justice and Martin Luther King Jr.

February 23, 2022 | 11 a.m. to noon

Presented by: Yaa Faraji, a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, spoken word, poet, and author

A tailored, multimedia presentation and poetry performance will discuss the legacy and oration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


African American Soldiers in the Philippine American War (1899 - 1902)

February 25, 2022 | 10 to 11 a.m.

This workshop will present on the experience of African Americans during the Philippine American War (1899 - 1902). The Philippine American War was one the United States’ first large-scale imperialist interventions and is often seen as having been highly driven by race.


Mental Health Stigma in the Black Community

February 28, 2022 | noon to 1 p.m.

This workshop will include an interactive discussion regarding mental health stigmas in the Black

community; specifically addressing a lack of mental health resources, the possibility of harmful effects of seeking Black excellence, and commonly misdiagnosed mental health challenges.



Sound Bites – Rap and Hip Hop and the World

Weekdays through the month of February 2022 | noon to 1 p.m.

This series will introduce and offer discussions on the rich history and variety of rap music for new listeners or those interested in delving deeper within this music genre.


African and African American Art Display

February 21-25, 2022 at Hyde Gallery, inside the Performing and Visual Arts Center

The display will include portraits, paintings, and exhibits celebrating the African diaspora and Black culture. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday by appointment only. To schedule a visit, contact


Black History Month Celebration

February 22, 2022 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Grossmont College Main Quad

The celebration will offer food, music, and fellowship to celebrate Black History Month 2022.


African American Literature Readings

February 22, 2022 |11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Grossmont College Main Quad

Black and African American literature selections will be read by student and employee volunteers.


Afro-LatinX Connection

February 17, 2022 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The event will present historical highlights of the African Diaspora’s journey through the LatinX World.


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