Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges to celebrate Black History Month with music, dance, discussions

2020 Black History Month Audience Members at Grossmont College Speaking EventEL CAJON – Black history is American history and Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges will be celebrating Black History Month beginning February 1 with music, art, dance, discussions, and a lot of food.

The annual observance began in February 1976, when President Gerald Ford recognized the first nationwide Black History Month during the celebration of the United States bicentennial. Ford stated that America should “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Following is a list of confirmed events taking place and being sponsored by Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges:

Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, 92020, and Cuyamaca College is located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon, 92019.

Black History Month evolved from Negro History Week in 1926 and was the brainchild of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who dedicated his life to educating African Americans. Black History Week was celebrated during the second week of February, coinciding with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass on February 14 and Abraham Lincoln on February 12.

Additional events may be planned in the coming days. For further information, please visit the college websites at and