Sac State celebrates Black History Month

A Thursday, Feb. 6 lecture by best-selling novelist Terry McMillan (“Waiting to Exhale”) is the marquee event of Sacramento State’s upcoming Black History Month celebration. Also on tap are an art show and artist’s lecture, an “alien soul” concert and a screening of the 2013 film “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

During Black History Month activities include:  “The Mis-education of the Post Black Negro,” an art exhibit by Tracy artist Milton Bowens, through Feb. 27 and a free funk, rock, soul and reggae concert featuring Sacramento musician Brian Chris Rogers from noon-12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the University Union Redwood Room. Rogers, former lead singer for the Nibblers and Izabella, launched his solo career with a genre he calls “alien soul.” His latest album is “Single.”

“An Evening with Terry McMillan” is 7:30-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, in the University Union Ballroom. This lecture is free and open to the public.

McMillan, who once wrote editorials for the University of California, Berkeley student newspaper, is the author of eight novels, including “Getting to Happy.”

Both “Waiting to Exhale” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” were made into movies.

McMillan will take questions from the audience following her talk. There is free parking after 6:30 p.m. in Parking Structure III.

A free showing of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 7:30-9:50 p.m. will be presented in the University Union Ballroom, free.

The film stars Oscar winner Forrest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, the real-life White House butler who served eight U.S. presidents. Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, John Cusack, Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. co-star.

California State Unversity, Sacramento

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