Other Projects and Activities

1. Presidential Inauguration Celebration Although it was not, strictly speaking, a scholarly endeavor, the Center was proud to have hosted a campus celebration to witness the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States. Nearly a hundred faculty members, university administrators, staff, and students gathered in the Mosher Alumni House on the morning of January 20 to watch the inauguration of the nation’s first African-American president and to share this special moment with each other. Longtime friend of the Center Anita Mackey put the historic event into personal perspective when she reflected on her father, who had sued the City of Riverside in 1921 for allowing his daughters to swim in the municipal pool only on Mondays, when the water was changed. “I know what it is to be refused,” said 95-year-old Mrs. Mackey, a Santa Barbara community leader who served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Black Studies Research for more than thirty years.

Plenty of tears were shed — “I couldn’t help but weep,” said Mrs. Mackey, thinking of her late father-in-law who had been a slave — but the overall mood at the event was jubilant. As Chancellor Henry Yang told local television station KEYT (Channel 3), which covered the event, “All of our campus is full of celebrations everywhere.” The Center gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance it received from the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of Equal Opportunity, and the Mosher Alumni House in putting on this event.

2. Seventh Annual Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture On February 19, 2009, the Center presented pioneering sociologist Dr. Robert Bullard as the guest lecturer for the seventh annual Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture. Dr. Bullard is the Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. His research addresses the subjects of environmental justice, environmental racism, urban land use, facility permitting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, suburban sprawl, and smart growth. His book, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality (2000), is a standard text in the environmental justice field. His most recent books include Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Katrina (2009), The Black Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century: Race, Power, and the Politics of Place (2007), Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity (2007), Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism & New Routes to Equity (2004), and Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (2003).

Dr. Bullard addressed a capacity crowd in the MultiCultural Center Theater. In addition to members of the university community, audience members came from as far away as Oxnard and San Luis Obispo. Despite these difficult financial times, the Center was pleased to obtain co-sponsorships from new partners this year, including the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, as well as two off-campus sponsors: the Environmental Defense Center and the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Department of City and Regional Planning. The Center would like to acknowledge the valuable assistance it received from Dean Melvin Oliver in engaging Dr. Bullard, as well as the successful efforts of staff member Amy Ramos to augment our regular base of sponsors as well as to increase the scope of the audience attending the lecture.

This lecture series was created to help the UCSB community celebrate the memory and work of community activist and Black Studies Professor Shirley Kennedy. This annual lecture honors the memory of one of Santa Barbara’s most outspoken advocates for women and people of color. Dr. Kennedy transformed the Santa Barbara community with her commitment to social justice, activism, and democracy. The event opened with a trailer for the documentary film, It Was All of Us: Dr. Shirley Kennedy, The Life of an Activist, which premiered approximately one and a half months after the lecture.

Public Service Activities

Project Excel Project Excel, a community-based, UCSB-backed academic preparation initiative in its fourth year of operation, works with African-American, American Indian, and other underrepresented students in Santa Barbara and Goleta middle and high schools (grades 5-12) in order to ensure that they are academically prepared for enrollment at UCSB and other colleges and universities. It joins with other campus initiatives sponsored by the Office of Academic Preparation (i.e., American Indian Scholars Program, Pathways) to increase the success of underrepresented students in the area and their presence at UCSB. Project Excel is co-run by Program Director, Keith Terry, whose office is at the Franklin Community Center, and by Faculty Advisor Julie Carlson, Professor of English and Associate Director of the Center for Black Studies Research. The Center is a crucial partner of Project Excel and provides the services of Mahsheed Ayoub as the financial manager.

Project Excel serves roughly 25 students and their families (and eight graduates of the program now in college or community college) by offering the following resources: full-time access to the Director, Keith Terry, who advises on all matters relating to their schooling; access to mentors and tutors who help keep individual students on track academically and who model what it takes to become a college-going student; monthly meetings attended by Project Excel students, families, staff, faculty and staff at UCSB and SBCC, and community members; workshops on college applications and financial aid; access to summer programs (including the Stanford Great Books program, the College Readiness Academy, the Patricia Henley Summer Theatre program, Research Mentorship Program, Tech Trek, and others).

During the past year of 2008-09, Project Excel expanded its efficiency with two part-time hires, an office assistant (Alma Hernandez) and a head mentor/tutor (Jordan Robinson), who helps to recruit mentor/tutors and run the mentor/tutoring program. It also expanded significantly its parent programming through the leadership of Parent Coordinator Wendy Sims-Moten and the expertise of Dr. Hymon Johnson, who ran two day-long parent education workshops. A dozen students participated in summer programs. Project Excel secured renewal of two grants, a UCOP University-Community Engagement Grant ($29,500) and a FOG ($20,000) and successfully applied for a new one, the City of Santa Barbara’s Community Development Block Grant ($8,000). It has a new color brochure, designed and printed by the Center for Black Studies Research. It held its third anniversary and fundraising dinner on November 13, 2008 at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion with some 130 people attending. It continues to develop community networks, and Julie Carlson attends the weekly staff meetings of the UCSB Office of Academic Preparation to coordinate with other academic initiatives on campus.

Community Outreach Report

Submitted by Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Cultural and Community Affairs Coordinator

As I review my sixth year as Community Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Black Studies Research, I feel confident that we are continuing toward realizing the goals articulated by the Center's stated public mission. This public mission specifies a commitment to community collaboration in the areas of university-community communication; community-based educational and social initiatives; and in co-sponsorship of cultural activities in the community. In the pursuit of these goals, the Community Outreach program has involved developing specific relationships with established entities within the Santa Barbara community as well as participating in the development and support of unique cultural activities as the opportunities arise. My role includes attending CBSR Advisory Committee meetings and reporting on various activities; supporting Center projects and efforts by Center staff and associates; and initiating and assisting in community activities related to the public mission.

Several of the Center's community-related endeavors during the past year have involved community-focused historical documentation: the Shirley Kennedy documentary film project, the Roots of Community exhibition, and the African-American community oral history video project, all of which are described below.

It Was All of Us: Dr. Shirley Kennedy, The Life of an Activist — Serving as associate producer and narrator, I participated in the development of this film project by identifying community members to be interviewed, conducting primary interviews for the film along with the Center’s director, reviewing footage, providing photographs, and promoting attendance at two screenings.

Roots of Community: African American Activism in Santa Barbara — This exhibit — a collaboration of the UCSB Davidson Library California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, the Department of Black Studies, and the Center for Black Studies Research — ran from November 2008 through February 2009, with a reception in February recognizing Black History Month. In addition to the main exhibit at the Davidson Library, there were satellite exhibition sites at the UCSB Department of Black Studies, the Santa Barbara Eastside Library, and the Franklin Community Center. I consulted with library staff regarding the exhibition, provided primary materials from personal community resource collection, assisted in identifying and contacting members of the African-American community, attended and made cultural presentation at the Black History Month reception, and attended and participated in community workshop on archival materials conducted by UCSB Library staff at the Santa Barbara Eastside Library exhibition site.

Oral History Video Project — This project was inspired by the Roots of Community exhibition and reception held at the UCSB Davidson Library. The project involves videotaping interviews with a selected group of longtime residents of Santa Barbara’s African-American community. The goal is to collect the histories of these particular residents, which collectively provide primary information regarding the development and progress of African-American life and culture during the past 100+ years. The project was initiated during the spring quarter of 2009 under the academic supervision of Center Director Claudine Michel, with student participation. As of June 30, interviews with the following persons have been conducted: Clevonease Johnson, retired schoolteacher, Second Baptist Church, George Washington Carver Club, NAACP, Martin Luther King Committee; Jessie McMillan, school counselor, St. Paul AME Church, George Washington Carver Club, NAACP; Margaret Young, social worker, St. Paul AME Church, George Washington Carver Club, NAACP; Isaac Garrett, realtor, NAACP, Martin Luther King Committee; McKinley Vickers, longtime community resident. Principal interviewer for the project is Sojourner Kincaid Rolle; photo documentation is by Rod Rolle.

Annual Santa Barbara Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration — During the past 14 years, the Center has co-sponsored or supported various community and campus celebrations honoring the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 2009 celebration was a groundbreaking event in Santa Barbara history. After an inspirational opening ceremony in De la Guerra Plaza, nearly 1200 celebrants proceeded up State Street to the historic and recently renovated Granada Theatre, where an audience of more than 1300 watched an astonishing array of young talent pay tribute to Dr. King. CBSR was a contributing sponsor for this event and is represented on the Steering Committee. I also participated on the Program Planning Committee and served as final judge for the Martin Luther King Writing Competition — High School Level.

Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Series — I represent CBSR, which is a co-sponsor, at regular committee meetings. Specific work this year included collaborating with UCSB’s MultiCultural Center, Fielding Graduate University, and featured speaker Dr. Gloria Willingham in developing a post-film discussion for a special screening of Little Rock Central High: 50 Years. I recommended and engaged Professor Clyde Woods, Center for Black Studies Research Advisory Committee member, as moderator. This was a successful and well-attended event held at the MCC. The film has had an impact both in the community, where subsequent meetings have focused on the important issues addressed in the documentary, and in academia: the film was subsequently shown in Professor Claudine Michel’s class The Psychology of Blacks and was incorporated into the final exam.

During Black History Month, 2009, I attended the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors presentation of a proclamation declaring February Black History Month. I addressed the board and audience regarding the Black History flags displayed on State Street. I was a featured presenter at the African American Cultural Festival held at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and presented by the Brotherhood of Santa Barbara as part of Black History Month activities. I attended the evening's dinner/dance, where awards were presented to members of the George Washington Carver Scholarship Club; to community artists and UCSB alumni Michael Downey and Henry Brown; and to community activist William Simms. I assisted Center staff with community outreach for the annual Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture and participated in hosting the speaker, Dr. Robert Bullard, at a community cultural celebration at the Cabrillo Arts Center as well as at dinner afterwards.

Jazz, Blues & Langston Hughes — The Center provided co-sponsorship and invaluable support for the 8th annual tribute to this African-American literary figure. Important collaborations were developed with the Brotherhood of Santa Barbara, the Lobero Theatre, and the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. This successful event, which was attended by members of the UCSB and broader Santa Barbara communities, was enhanced by the participation of Professor Douglas Daniels of the Department of Black Studies and a number of graduate students. The event also provided the opportunity for the release of the Center's publication Black Street: Poems. This event was part of Santa Barbara's National Poetry Month activities. Center-affiliated assistance was provided by Nadège Clitandre, Chryss Yost, Mahsheed Ayoub, and Amy Ramos.

New Initiatives:

1st Annual Santa Barbara Juneteenth Celebration — New Friendship Baptist Church, June 2009. I provided initial consultation and community outreach, and attended the event. This group plans to develop an ongoing program providing African-American cultural history and educational resources.

Santa Barbara Black Family Reunion Committee — I provided initial consultation and resource information. The event is scheduled for August 2009; a fuller description will be included in the Center’s 2009-10 Annual Report.

Center and Co-sponsored Events and Projects

Haitians in Hollywood: Identity and the Industry, a lecture and screening of the short film Diabetes and Me by Florence Regina. Center event, held at the MultiCultural Center Theater, October 28, 2008

Project Excel Third Anniversary and Fundraising Dinner. Center event, held at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion, November 13, 2008

Roots of Community: African American Activism in Santa Barbara, exhibit at UCSB Davidson Library. Collaboration with the Library’s California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives and the Department of Black Studies, November 2008-February 2009

Martin Luther King Day March and Rally, presented by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara, community sponsorship, January 19, 2009

Student Delegation to Presidential Inauguration. Co-sponsorship, January 2009

Invitation to History, celebration of inauguration of Barack Obama as 44th president of the United States. Center event, held at Mosher Alumni House, January 20, 2009

Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy, documentary film co-produced with Tèt Ansamn Productions and Renegade Pictures. World premiere, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, at the Victoria Hall Theater, January 23, 2009

Roots of Community: African American Activism in Santa Barbara, reception in recognition of Black History Month. Collaboration with the Library’s California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives and the Department of Black Studies, held in UCSB Davidson Library’s Mary Cheadle Conference Room, February 2, 2009

Undergraduate Open House. Event sponsored and hosted by the Center, February 5, 2009

Little Rock Central High: 50 Years Later, documentary film and panel discussion with Dr. Gloria Willingham, Associate Dean, Fielding Graduate University, and special guest speaker Dr. Terrence J. Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine teenagers who integrated Central High School in 1957; moderator, Clyde Woods, Professor, Black Studies. Co-sponsored as part of Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Series, held at the MultiCultural Center Theater, February 18, 2009

Environmental Justice for All, 7th annual Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture given by Robert D. Bullard, Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director, Environmental Justice Resource Center, Clark Atlanta University. Center event, held at the MultiCultural Center Theater, February 19, 2009

The Car Wash, Sociology Department Colloquium, lecture by Elijah Anderson, William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Yale University. Co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology, held in the Sociology Department Conference Room 2824, February 25, 2009

The Radical Legacy of Civil Rights and Feminist Movements for Contemporary Progressivism, 2008-09 Hull Chair Lecture given by Barbara Ransby, Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, History, and African-American Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago. Co-sponsored with the Department of Feminist Studies, held in the MultiPurpose Room, Student Resource Building, February 25, 2009

A Conversation with Ali Baba, Malian singer and composer, and Bara Mboup, Senegalese master percussionist, lecture and performance. Co-sponsored with the Department of Black Studies, held at Isla Vista Theater 2, March 12, 2009

Jazz, Blues & Langston Hughes, 8th annual Langston Hughes tribute. Santa Barbara Poetry Month event co-sponsored with the Song of Place Project and the Lobero Theatre, held at the Lobero Theatre Courtyard, April 3, 2009

It Was All of Us: Dr. Shirley Kennedy, The Life of an Activist, documentary film produced by the Center. World premiere, held at MultiCultural Center Theater, April 7, 2009

Bumuntu Paradigm: The Concept of Holiness and Genuine Personhood in African Traditional Religions, lecture by Mutombo Nkulu-N’Sengha, Professor, Religious Studies, California State University, Northridge. Co-sponsored with the Department of Black Studies, held at Psychology 1924, April 8, 2009

My Life as a Child Soldier: Conversations About the Power of Hope and Rehabilitation, presentations by Madeleine, a former child soldier from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Bukeni T. Waruzi, Executive Director of Ajedi-Ka. Co-sponsored with Human Rights Group and the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, held at the MultiCultural Center, April 27, 2009

Haitian Youth in Action, a photo and art exhibit from Bibliothèque du Soleil to honor Haitian Flag Week. Co-sponsored with Haiti Soleil and the Santa Barbara Public Library, held at the Santa Barbara Central Library, May 4-31, 2009

A Taste of the African Diaspora. Culinary and social event co-sponsored with the Department of Black Studies and the African Diasporic Cultural Resource Center, hosted by the Center, May 12, 2009

Dr. Charles Long in Conversation with Dr. Jeffrey Stewart. Co-sponsored with the Department of Black Studies, hosted by the Center, May 13, 2009

Perspective for Afro-American Religion in the United States: Reorienting the Nature and Meaning of “America,” “African,” and “African American,” lecture by Dr. Charles Long. Co-sponsored with the Department of Black Studies, held at Psychology 1924, May 13, 2009

Beyond Revolution and “Voodoo”: Opportunities for Research and Outreach in Haiti, lunch forum for students with presentations by Dr. Nadège Clitandre, visiting scholar at the Center; Jeb Sprague, UCSB graduate student in sociology; and representatives of AHEAD (Aiding Haitian Education and Development), a student group raising funds and awareness for Haiti. Center event, held at the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, May 18, 2009

Haitian Youth in Action, reception and presentation by Dr. Nadège Clitandre. Co-sponsored with Haiti Soleil and the Santa Barbara Public Library, held at the Santa Barbara Central Library, May 19, 2009

Links Between Haitian Vodou & Santería, lecture by Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, Professor, Africology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Center event, held at Psychology 1924, May 20, 2009

Professional Women’s Association Conference. Co-sponsor of PWA’s annual conference, where Center Director Claudine Michel was a guest speaker, held at UCSB Loma Pelona, May 20, 2009

Haiti: False Starts, New Beginnings, symposium of panels and films to celebrate Haitian Flag Week; speakers included Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, Tatiana Wah, and Carolle Charles. Center event, held at MultiCultural Center Theater, May 21, 2009

Digital Images: Tradition & Technology, lecture by William Jones. Center event, held at Psychology 1924, May 27, 2009

 

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