2006 - 2007

Spring Quarter 2007:

APRIL 27 - APRIL 29, 2007

The 2007 African Black Coalition ConferenceThe 2007 African Black Coalition Conference

From Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29, 2007, faculty, staff and students of the Department of Black Studies and the Center for Black Studies Research were honored to be a part of the 4th annual African Black Coalition (ABC) Conference, which was held at UCSB for the first time. This year, the conference, which focuses on the development and success of Black students in all of the University of California undergraduate campuses, was attended by approximately five hundred students who represented nine of the ten UC campuses.

According to 2007 ABC Co-Chair Britney Foster, "This year’s African Black Coalition conference was a huge success due to the extremely dedicated and tireless efforts of the UCSB Black community. It was monumental and historical for UCSB to host such a significant number of students of African descent who came together for one common, positive, and proactive cause."

During the three-day conference, students attended workshops, panel discussions, and other informational sessions relating to academic growth, cultural development, and social and political issues. The conference also included men’s and women’s caucuses, which served as safe spaces for respective groups to meet and discuss important issues. The conference ended with all participants coming together to choose a critical issue for the African Black Coalition to focus on throughout the following academic year.

The African Black Coalition is an alliance of nine University of California undergraduate campuses. ABC has been an integral part of the African American experience on UC campuses for four consecutive years. As a coalition, the organization works toward improving conditions for students of African descent on each UC campus. The ABC Conferences are usually held on the last weekend in April, and the planning begins the summer before the conference. The African Black Coalition Conference rotates among the UC campuses annually. It has previously been held at the Santa Cruz, San Diego, and Davis campuses.


Winter Quarter 2007:

February 25, 2007

Lani Guinier5th Annual Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture


Race, Gender & Activism in our Communities


Sunday • February 25, 2007
4:00 pm
Victoria Hall

“Gifted with second sight, we can share our stories ... build coalitions, develop a voice ... We shall speak until all the people gain a voice.” —Lani Guinier

In 1998, Lani Guinier became the first black woman to be appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School. Guinier came to public attention when she was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1993 to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, only to have her name withdrawn without a confirmation hearing. Guinier turned that incident into a powerful personal and political memoir, Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice.

A nationally-renowned speaker and the author of many articles and op-ed pieces on democratic theory, political representation, educational equity, and issues of race and gender, Guinier has written Becoming Gentlemen: Women, Law School and Institutional Change, The Tyranny of the Majority, Who’s Qualified? (with Susan Sturm), and The Miner’s Canary (with Gerald Torres).

The Shirley Kennedy Memorial 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. For additional information on this free event or the Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture Series: 893-3914


The Center for Black Studies Research hosts conferences, colloquia, guest lecturers, screenings, and other events for the benefit of faculty, students, and the Santa Barbara community.

Events are FREE unless specified.

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