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|Danene Brown at Cuyamaca College's exhibit|
Born in 1848 in Moorefield, West Virginia, Clifford fought for the Union in the Civil War; became the principal of the first public black school in the South, and was the publisher of the nation’s longest-running black newspaper before its forced closure in 1917. He was also one of the nation’s first black lawyers, and helped found the Niagara Movement, the cornerstone of the modern civil rights movement. The group continued until 1911, when most of its members became the backbone of the newly formed National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP.
Today’s African Americans
John Handy, whose soulful and fiery saxophone style is instantly recognizable to generations of jazz fans worldwide, has performed in the world’s great concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Berlin Philharmonic Auditorium, and at preeminent jazz festivals. His highly acclaimed original compositions, “Spanish Lady” and “If Only We Knew,” both earned Grammy nominations.
Grossmont College film student Sicarra Devers, 22, cites her mixed-race heritage as the inspiration for her documentary film, “Who Are We Really: An exploration of Multiculturalism Self-identity,” which will be shown 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Room 220 of Building 26. The film explores self-identity through the lens of a multicultural society and utilizes interviews from students, faculty, community members and social commentary to highlight issues relating to race relations today.
“In my experience, being mixed race, I have grown up constantly being questioned what I am or which side I favor more,” she said. “It was always very frustrating being told that I wasn't black enough or Mexican enough, or an equal enough representation of both. Originally, I was inspired to do this as a personal project, exploring attitudes on race in regards to the African American community and what it means to be black. But as I started to research and talk to more people I realized that self-identity and racial attitudes are a universal aspect of American society.”
President Sunita V. Cooke said Black History Month continues to carry a special significance at Grossmont College, where a planning committee works months in advance to put together a rich mix of activities that is both enlightening and entertaining.
“Ultimately, our goal is to inform people about the importance of this month and its commemoration of ways the African American community has contributed to the greatness of this nation,” she said.