Peace rally sign "Justice for All"

February is African American History Month

By Amanda Holst
Photo by Keith Bryant

Peace rally sign "Justice for All"

This month's African American history month events include a freedom march.

Over the weekend, about 100 people demonstrated support for the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Expanding My Visions Freedom March, launching San Jose State University’s annual celebration of African American History Month. The march was intended to promote support for cultural and ethnic diversity, equality and justice, and economic progress.

“Our basic goal is to help people understand that freedom and justice do not come free. You have to develop a commitment to make it happen, and work at it rather than wait for it to happen politically,” said Dr. Oscar Battle Jr., president of the African American Faculty and Staff Association.

AAFSA is hosting a variety of events throughout February to promote the achievements of African American faculty, staff and students, increase knowledge of African American contributions to society, and encourage support for King’s ideals in critical thinking in higher education.

Also, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Maranatha Christian Center, and Bible Way Christian Center will welcome Interim President Don W. Kassing and Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Laker for CSU Super Sunday on Feb. 13.

Schedule of Events

7 p.m. Feb. 8, KING 525: Learn about the relevance of Dr. King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” his message empowering congregations to seek justice while on Earth.

Noon, Feb. 16, Almaden Room, Student Union: Discuss African American male student development and implications for SJSU.

7 p.m. Feb. 16, KING 525: Explore the role of students in advancing civil rights.

7 p.m. Feb. 22, Morris Daily Auditorium: View a free encore screening of the award-winning documentary film, “Soul Sanctuary.”