Creativity and Purpose: The NIA Cultural Organization and Black Power in San Diego, 1967-1977

Creativity and Purpose: The NIA Cultural Organization and Black Power in San Diego, 1967-1977
With Mychal Odom
Monday, February 27, 2017
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Noon – 1:00 PM

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Letters from the NIA Cultural Organization

[Letters from the NIA Cultural Organization, 1977-1980]. Herman Baca Papers. MSS 0649. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

 

NIA picket

[NIA picket, between 1964 and 2007]. Herman Baca Papers. MSS 0649. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

The very publicized shooting between the Black Panther Party and Us Organization at UC Los Angeles’ Campbell Hall in January 1969 has often been understood as the decline of the Black Power movement in Southern California specifically, and the United States more generally.  However, as Mychal Odom will explain, a study of the National Involvement Association (NIA) Cultural Organization intervenes into that reading of the Black Liberation Movement.  Founded by former advocates of the San Diego Us Organization in 1970, NIA “very likely saved the Black Power Movement in San Diego” as Mychal Odom argues in his doctoral research.  Drawing from oral histories he has conducted, private collection material, periodicals, and rare materials housed in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives, Odom will explain the role NIA’s educational programming, cultural work, labor activism, and African liberation support continued the work of Black Power and laid the very important ground for anti-apartheid struggles in San Diego during the 1970s and 1980s.

Mychal Odom is a doctoral candidate in the UC San Diego History Department and a Hill Fellowship recipient.  A resident of San Diego since 1997, Odom has over ten years of teaching experience in Black Studies at the college and university level.  At UC San Diego, he has been active in the Black Graduate Student Association and the Black Studies Project.  He is also a member of Pillars of the Community San Diego, a community organization who fights for the rights of formerly incarcerated people and their families, among their many other projects.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served!

For questions or more information, please contact Gayatri Singh, gasingh@ucsd.edu.

Valentine’s Day Free Screening of the Movie “Loving”

The Library’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee is proud to sponsor an exhibit located in Geisel West on the 1st floor to promote the Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination (OPHD)’s screening of the movie Loving.  The FREE screening will be held on:

Tuesday, February 14

Price Center Theatre

6:00 PM

Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since. The film has been nominated for numerous awards, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for Joel Edgerton and Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for Ruth Negga.

OPHD’s mission is to educate the UC San Diego community about issues of bias, harassment and discrimination, and to assist with the prevention and resolution of these issues in a fair and responsible manner. In 2002, OPHD started Sex in the Cinema, sponsoring free screenings that highlight themes of sex and gender in popular films. Now, they also select films that include themes about race, religion, disability or veteran’s status and other protected categories and they pose questions to the audience before the film starts to increase awareness of bias, harassment and discrimination issues. The films provide a compelling forum for OPHD to engage the campus community through cinematic depictions of gender, race and other stereotypes, harassment and discrimination, and to advertise resources available to students and campus affiliates. For more information visit, ophd.ucsd.edu/programs/sex-in-cinema.

Tell Us How UC It: A Living Archive


collage of images from the Tell Us How UC It Living Archive

Tell Us How UC It: A Living Archive
Exhibit:
February – March 2017, Geisel Library, 2nd (main floor), near Seuss Room
Online Collection: https://library.ucsd.edu/tellushowucit/

From Crisis to Change: The Student Experience & Activism on Campus
Program & Reception: February 1, 2017 ● 3-5 pm ● Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Recording of the event: https://youtu.be/3GA0GIWRUCU

“Inclusion doesn’t happen spontaneously when an environment becomes more diverse.  We have to be intentional in creating a welcoming environment in which all students, faculty and staff can thrive and reach their full potential.”
—Becky Petitt, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UC San Diego

 

UC San Diego prides itself on having a diverse student body. And no wonder, diversity, as numerous studies have shown, enriches everyone.  But as many colleges have discovered, diversity alone is not enough. Promoting diversity without attention to inclusion, mutual understanding, and supporting the needs of all students, particularly traditionally underrepresented groups, can backfire. Badly.

Over the past decade and as recently as the last month, there have been a number of incidents on the  campus that have targeted specific underrepresented groups.  These recurring events affect ALL students, underrepresented or not, and demonstrate the need for a conversation about student experiences related to the campus climate at UC San Diego. This conversation is not top down. UC San Diego has a rich history of student activism. From the university’s beginning, moments of crisis have been met by student-led transformative action.

The UC San Diego Library has begun  a “living archive,” a collection of materials presented in a way that allows for the expression, exhibition, documentation, and preservation of a sentiment or movement in a particular community.  This type of “archiving” is living because it includes content that offers real-time feedback on a particular era. The archive encompasses all manner of material from documents of the past to creative expression through art, film, writing and more.

By  highlighting the campus’s  past of evolving from crisis to accomplishing change, we can bring people together to raise questions, spark conversations, and promote multicultural understanding.

At 3pm on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, the UC San Diego Library will host “From Crisis to Change: The Student Experience & Activism on Campus.” Join us for a panel discussion with staff, faculty, and alumni who have been on the front lines of change at UC San Diego. The panelists will include: Fnann Keflezighi (UCSD Thurgood Marshall College), Angela Kong (UCSD OASIS), Jorge Mariscal (UCSD Literature), and Agustín Orozco (UCSD OASIS).

The event will include a reception and time to view the exhibit.  This free event is open to the public. Questions and general inquiries can be directed to Tamara Rhodes, tlrhodes@ucsd.edu.

Celebrate LGBTQ History Month with featured speaker Kim Katrin Milan

Posted On: September 19, 2016

Please Note: This event has sold out. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis if space becomes available.

kim-katrin-milan-1100-by-400Join award-winning educator, activist, writer and artist Kim Katrin Milan, for

All of Us or None of Us: Intersections and Allyship.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

5:00 – 7:00 PM

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Seating is limited, so RSVP at:

AllofUsorNoneofUs.eventbrite.com

All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Link to Prezi

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded (book)

This presentation explores multiple intersections of identity within the LGBTQ community—including race, gender and ability—as powerful sites of community organizing. Milan approaches activism as an important agent for changing systems and examines how diverse groups have different bases of accountability and issues they mobilize around. By establishing a shared language and deconstructing systems of oppression, Milan emphasizes the importance of sustainability and self-care. Drawing on her background as the daughter of a librarian and one of the owners of the oldest LGBT bookstore in the world, Milan addresses the cultural shifts made by Queer and Trans folks, using current social media-based examples. Attendees will gain a solid foundation for understanding the experiences of others, and tangible strategies for solidarity and how to act in allyship. Read more…

Tell Us How UC It: A Living Archive

Posted On: August 30, 2016

“In early February 2010, members of a UC San Diego fraternity held an off-campus party mocking Black History Month.  Later that same month at UC San Diego, a noose was discovered in the Geisel Library at the university.”
– Campus Climate Project Final Report, March 2014

Most recently, on April 2016, “pro-Trump and anti-Mexican graffiti was seen chalked across Library Walk, campus residential areas and outside the Raza Resource Centro.”
– Triton News, April 9, 2016

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Living Archive Flyer pic small

These reoccurring events affect ALL students, underrepresented or not, and demonstrate the need for a conversation about student experiences related to the campus climate at UC San Diego.

The UC San Diego Library is creating a “living archive” as an alternative way to highlight awareness, provide a space for dialogue, preserve and document the events related to UC San Diego history. Read more…

#BlackLivesMatter Book Display

Posted On: August 1, 2016

“Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.
It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.”
Alicia Garza

Books related to black lives matter

#BlackLivesMatter Book Display
Geisel Library, main floor, west wing
through August 19, 2016

 

Movement for Black Lives

Resources lists:

#Charlestonsyllabus

A Ferguson Syllabus: Reading a Movement

#lemonadesyllabus

The Black Lives Matter Film Syllabus

Black Lives Matters Syllabus

Resource Guide on Policing, Community Protest and Unrest

The Black Lives Matter Reference Guide

 

You can also browse the lists above and then search for the item in our catalog– http://roger.ucsd.edu/

If you need help finding a particular item, please Ask a Librarian— http://library.ucsd.edu/ask

#PulseOrlandoSyllabus Book Display

Posted On: June 21, 2016


picture of the book display highlighting books from the #pulseorlandosyllabus

#PulseOrlandoSyllabus Book Display
Geisel Library, main floor, west wing
through July 29, 2016

To gain some understanding from events like the mass shooting in Orlando, librarians and educators—ready to connect information to those who need it— have collectively built the   #PulseOrlandoSyllabus  (collocated with #OrlandoSyllabus).

The statement of intention from the organizers notes:

Statement of Intent from the creators of the #PulseOrlandoSyllabus

It is organized into categories such as scholarly books, archival collections, fiction and poetry, comics, zines, plays, podcasts, Library/Information Science resources, mental health resources, resources for K-12 school communities, and more.

We’re hopeful that together we can create a community that embraces all, celebrates diversity and inclusion, and stands in solidarity.

You can also browse the syllabus (#PulseOrlandoSyllabus) and then search for the item in our catalog– http://roger.ucsd.edu/

If you need help finding a particular item, please Ask a Librarian— http://library.ucsd.edu/ask

Creative Play, Raffle Prizes, Snacks and Coffee

Posted On: March 30, 2016

Keva Block Party_sized for library blog

Join us in the Seuss Room at out Block Party to de-stress, a have a cup of coffee  provided by Housing and Dining and enjoy tasty “Block Party” themed snacks, courtesy of the Library. Enter the raffle to win exciting prizes such as a multi-device chargers, Triton Gift Cards and your own set of building blocks. De-stress further by using our sustainable Keva Building Planks and letting your imagination flow or follow the examples we’ll have on hand to receive a prize. You may also collaborate with your friends and build a group project. The Library’s Environmental Sustainability Group will be on site with earth wise tips and information on hydration stations in the library.

Roots in the Sand Film Screening

Posted On: February 24, 2016

Roots in the Sand

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Seuss Room, Geisel Library

This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Hosted by the Library Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Join us for a screening of Roots in the Sand.  This documentary is a multi-generational portrait of pioneering Punjabi-Mexican families who settled a century ago, in Southern California’s Imperial Valley. Through the use of found footage, archival and family photographs, personal and public documents, the film tells the touching and inspirational story of a community that grew out of a struggle for economic survival in the face of prejudice.

It goes on to document the Punjabi-Mexican families’ resourcefulness in overcoming political and economic obstacles placed before them time and time again. This documentary places early United States anti-immigration and anti-miscegenation laws in the context of the daily lives and legacies of people who were deeply affected by them.

Related resources:

Hallowed Ground: The Douglas Hotel and the Creole Palace, San Diego, 1924 – 1984

Posted On: February 24, 2016

Creole Palace

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday,  March 4, 2016
Seuss Room, Geisel Library

This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Hosted by the UC San Diego Library and Black History Month Committee

Join us for a lecture and film screening with Micheal Austin, an adjunct professor in Black Studies at San Diego City College. He is a historian who is passionate about local history and has done extensive work on African American Heritage in San Diego and the Douglas Hotel in particular.  The Douglas Hotel, known as the “Harlem of the West,” included the Creole Palace nightclub where black stage and screen stars performed. During the era of segregation, the Douglas Hotel was the only major downtown hotel in San Diego to provide services to black visitors.

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