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Common will lecture and perform during University of the Pacific's Black History Month celebration.

Common will lecture and perform during University of the Pacific's Black History Month celebration.

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Common Keynotes Pacific’s Black History Month on Feb. 8

Jan 13, 2014

Award-winning musicians Common and Tye Tribbett and nationally recognized poet Claudia Rankine will be featured as University of the Pacific marks Black History Month throughout February. The annual Pacific celebration - this year themed "Black Innovators: The Architects of Change" - is also intended to educate the community about issues facing African-Americans today and raise awareness about their unique cultural traditions and historical achievements.

"It's exciting to be able to collaborate with organizations on and off University campus for this celebration," said Shannel Hawkins, student co-chair of Pacific's Black History Month Planning Committee. "Besides presenting quality educational programs on campus, we are reaching out through partner organizations like San Joaquin Delta College and the city of Stockton to bring events to an even larger audience in other parts of the city."

Here is a summary of the events:

Feb. 1, Saturday - Opening ceremony, noon to 2 p.m., Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House, Pacific's main campus, Stockton. Free and open to the public.

Feb. 1-28 - Stockton-based With Our Words Inc. ( will collect new and gently used children's books throughout San Joaquin County, including at Pacific's Black History Month events and the DeRosa University Center. WOW Inc. promotes youth development and leadership in Stockton and the Central Valley through literacy programs and the performing arts. Some current Pacific students have participated in the WOW Inc. programs. Organizers hope to collect 10,000 books to area children during February and distribute them later in the year.

Black Barbershop Health OutreachFeb. 8, Saturday - Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students, in partnership with the national BLACK BARBERSHOP HEALTH OUTREACH (, will conduct diabetes and high blood pressure screenings from noon to 4 p.m. at barbershops in Stockton. Read more>>

Feb. 8, Saturday - COMMON will lecture and perform at 7 p.m. at Stockton's Bob Hope Theatre. The lecture will focus on youth empowerment, citizen leadership and his nonprofit organization, Common Ground Foundation ( Tickets: $30-$40 at,  or the Stockton Arena Box Office; students: $15 at the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center. (Pacific Cash accepted.) The Facebook Event Page is at

Claudia RankineFeb. 27, Thursday - CLAUDIA RANKINE, a member of the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors and the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College, will read her poetry at 7 p.m. in Room 140 of Wendall Phillips Center. Free and open to the public.

Tye TribbettFeb. 28, Friday - Stellar Award-winning gospel artist TYE TRIBBET will headline GOSPELFEST 2014, the annual musical celebration to cap off Pacific's Black History Month. The event is in collaboration with San Joaquin Delta College and will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Warren Atherton Auditorium, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton. Tickets: $25 (advance); $30 (door); $5 (children 5 and younger); $40 (VIP) at; students: $15 (with school ID) at the DeRosa University Center.

"Each year Black History Month delivers great programs and events," said Randall Ogans, staff co-chair of Pacific's Black History Month Planning Committee. "This year is no exception. We are very proud to have our keynote event - the Common lecture and concert - be designated as a 'citywide event' by the city of Stockton. This is an honor only a handful of events will have this year. I think people will be pleased with the great programs the committee put together."

Other celebrities who have performed or lectured during past Pacific Black History Month celebrations included NBA legend and author Kareem Abdul Jabbar; poets Camille Dungy and Nathaniel Mackey; actors Danny Glover and Hill Harper; and Grammy Award winning artists India.Arie and Anthony Hamilton.

For more information about Pacific's Black History Month celebration, please call Pacific's Multicultural Center at 209.946.7707.


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