The Visa Black Scholars and Jobs Program, in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), is a new program designed for college-bound Black and African American students in the United States. Eligible high school seniors applying or intending to enroll as a full-time undergraduate in any four-year accredited college or university in the U.S. can receive a needs-based scholarship grant of up to $20,000/year. Scholars who continue to meet the criteria, remain in good standing and maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA will be eligible for annual renewals. Upon graduation, all scholarship recipients who have met their commitments will be guaranteed a full-time job with Visa. The establishment of this program is aligned with Visa’s commitment to cultivate an inclusive and diverse workplace that supports the development and advancement of all.
African American Theater Arts Troupe at UC Santa Cruz
Honoring Our Roots, Uplifting Black Voices
You are cordially invited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the African American Theater Arts Troupe
This online gala will feature national leaders of Black theater, including Woodie King, Jr., playwrights, alumni, and representatives of the Black Theater Network. The African American Theater Arts Troupe (AATAT) community would be honored to have your presence.
AATAT is the only student African American theater troupe in the UC system. For thirty years, AATAT has produced outstanding performances for the campus, local communities, and high schools throughout California. Equally important is the unique place created by AATAT where African American students of all majors connect with their histories and find their voices.
The 37th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation with Mariame Kaba in Conversation with Gina Dent, Associate Professor, Feminist Studies
Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator, curator, and prison industrial complex (PIC) abolitionist who is active in movements for racial, gender, and transformative justice. Kaba is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots abolitionist organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. Mariame Kaba will present her keynote followed by a conversation with Gina Dent, Associate Professor, Feminist Studies.
The annual convocation celebrates the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by presenting speakers who discuss the civil rights issues of equality, freedom, justice, and opportunity. The convocation also seeks to build partnerships and develop dialogue within the campus community and with the local communities served by the university.
Featured live soloists are Leberta Lorál (rescheduled from December 12), Soprano, and Diane Syrcle, Soprano, both supported by Kate Alm, piano. Rich in music by women , especially women of color, this program also features Robert Schumann's song cycle: The Life and Love of a Woman. Mostly classical, the concert has a treasure from Holly Near : 'Simply Love'. Musical Soulmates again lovingly welcomes Danusha Laméris, former Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz, contributing prerecorded video of her poems. Additionally,Musical Soulmates is absolutely thrilled to welcome Victoria Theodore: past pianist for Stevie Wonder, current pianist for Beyoncé, singer, songwriter, director: top tier musician. Her contribution to our livestream, also prerecorded, will be her performance, just for us, of classical music by a Black woman composer and she will speak to her experience growing up as a Black Classical artist.
The unmasked musicians performing live at Calvary Episcopal Church for this livestream will have tested negative for COVID within days of this event; all live participants will have quarantined specifically for this live event.
Musical Soulmates: Simply Love
Musical Soulmates presents a gorgeous and intimate livestream: classical art songs, poetry, and solo piano; much music by Black composers.
Bookshop Santa Cruz, in partnership with The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz, Marcus Books, and the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch, present author Heather McGhee in conversation with Alicia Garza, Principal at Black Futures Lab and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter. McGhee's new book, The Sum of Us, is a powerful exploration about the self-destructive bargain of white supremacy and its rising cost to all of us—including white people—from one of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers.
The Sum of Us is a brilliant analysis of how we arrived here: divided and self-destructing, still the richest country in the world, but spiritually starved and vastly unequal. At the heart of the book are the humble stories of Americans yearning to be a part of a better America, including white supremacy’s collateral victims: white people themselves. With startling empathy, this heartfelt message from a Black woman to a multiracial America leaves us with a vision for the future of our country—one whose population has ties to every place on the globe—where we finally realize that life can be so much more than zero-sum.
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