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Activists Angela Davis and Melba Beal, dynamic gospel group The Clark Sisters, and award-winning poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips are featured guests during Pacific's Black History Month Celebration in February 2015

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Black History Month headliners to include Angela Davis, Melba Beals and the Clark Sisters

The theme for this year’s celebration is “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.”
Nov 17, 2014

Activists Dr. Melba Beals and Dr. Angela Davis, gospel legends The Clark Sisters and nationally recognized poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips will be featured as University of the Pacific celebrates Black History Month in February. The theme for this year's celebration is "A Century of Black Life, History and Culture."  

"It's great we have an opportunity to celebrate the contributions African-Americans have made," said Shannel Hawkins, student co-chair of Pacific's Black History Month Planning Committee. "We are once again collaborating with campus groups and alumni and community leaders to present excellent speakers, music and poetry, 'real talk' discussions and more."

"I am very proud of the hard work the committee has put in to make this celebration a success," said Randall Ogans, staff co-chair of Pacific's Black History Month Planning Committee. "We are proud to have this celebration in Stockton and really appreciate the support we get from the community year after year."

Below is a summary of the the featured events:

Melba BealsFeb. 3, Tuesday - Dr. Melba Beals, journalist and member of the Little Rock Nine will lecture at 7 p.m. at Faye Spanos Concert Hall.  The Little Rock Nine is a group of African-American students who were the first to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Her lecture will be on empowerment and her book, Warriors Don't Cry. Admission is free. Seating is limited.  

Angela DavisFeb. 17, Tuesday - Author, scholar and political activist Dr. Angela Davis will lecture at Faye Spanos Concert Hall at 7 p.m.  Dr. Davis is internationally known for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression and is a strong advocate of gender equity and prison reform.  It is her second time to appear at University of the Pacific. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Ricardo Rowan PhillipsFeb. 26, Thursday - A presentation by poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips will be held at 7 p.m. in the Presidents Room.  Winner of the 2013 Whiting Writer's Award, Phillips will share how he unravels the world and finds ways to create art with language. Admission is free. Seating is limited.  

Clark SistersFeb. 27, FridayGospelfest 2015: Capping off Pacific's Black History Month is Gospelfest 2015 featuring the legendary GRAMMY Award-winning gospel group, The Clark Sisters. With a recording career spanning four decades, The Clark Sisters are the greatest-selling female gospel group of all time. Their song, "Testimony," was named the most popular gospel song of 2013 by Billboard.  Anthony Brown and Group Therapy will open the show. The concert will take place 7 to 10 p.m. at the Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main Street, Stockton. Tickets: $45 (advance), $50 (day of); $35 (advance), $40 (day of); $25 (advance), $30 (day of); or the Stockton Arena Box Office; Pacific students: $15 (with school ID) at the DeRosa University Center (Pacific Cash accepted).  

Black History Month runs Feb. 1-28. Visit or for more information about discussions, health screenings and lectures planned throughout the month at Pacific's Stockton campus.

Other celebrities who have performed or lectured during past celebrations include NBA legend and author Kareem Abdul Jabbar; scholar Dr. Cornel West; author Alice Walker; actor Danny Glover; filmmaker Spike Lee; and GRAMMY Award winners India. Arie and Common.

The Pacific Arts and Lectures Committee, the Office of the Provost, Beyond Our Gates, Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Ethnic Studies Department, the Pacific Alumni Association and the Office of Admission are co-sponsoring events throughout the month.

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

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