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Black History Month 2016


“...Yet with a steady beat,

Have not our weary feet

Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,

We have come treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,

Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last

Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast..”


Excerpt from a poem written and recited by James Weldon Johnson on February 12, 1900 to introduce Dr. Booker T. Washington on President Lincoln’s Birthday.

In its entirety it is known as the National Black Anthem entitled “Lift Every Voice and Sing”.

We hope you will join us!


A Night at the Playhouse


January 29, 2016 at 8:00 PM,

Meet at the Pasadena Playhouse

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Production of Fly dramatizes the historic contributions made by the Tuskegee Airmen to the desegregation of the American military and the furthering of civil rights.
Join the Caltech Center for Diversity lottery to see FLY at the Pasadena Play House on Friday, January 29th at 8:00 PM. Space is limited.
*The play begins at 8:00 PM, and any individuals traveling with the CCD group will meet at the Center for Student Services at 7:00 PM before heading over the Pasadena Playhouse.  If you have any questions, please contact Eva Graham at egraham@caltech.edu .


Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices

Roger Ferguson PhD,

President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA-CREF

February 2, 2016

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Hameetman Auditorium

Sponsored in partnership with HR-For Caltech Managers

Dr. Ferguson’s biography can be found on the TIAA-CREF website at:



Film Screening

Eyes on The Prize:  America’s Civil Rights Movement

“Keys to the Kingdom (1974-1980) “

February 10, 2016

12 noon- 1:00 PM (lunch will be served on a first come first served basis)

RSVP:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YGLHNG3

Center for Student Services 2nd Floor Common Area


Jazz Night - Featuring the Dave Patterson Jazz Band

February 19, 6:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

Hameetman Lounge outside of the Caltech Bookstore (All Caltech Community Members are Welcome)

RSVP https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YQBCVJ5

Jazz is noted as an original American form of art.  Its history is uniquely tied to the African-American experience.  Join us for an evening of Traditional, Smooth, and Latin Jazz and enjoy the sounds of the Dave Patterson Jazz Band.  Appetizers and refreshments will be served. This event is open to the Caltech campus community. Born in Los Angeles, David Patterson learned the “A.B.C.’s” of musicianship early on, listening to and absorbing the art of Adderly, Bird and Coltrane, then later on, Grover Washington Jr., Gerald Albright and David Sandborn.  David’s passion for the saxophone has allowed him to make a living as a musician for over fifteen years from performing at LA’s finest restaurants, clubs and festivals with Local Artists such as Indeya, Sean Franks and Linda Taylor to a Grammy Winning recording session with Recording Artist Etta James.

Tour the California African American Museum of History and Art (CAAMS)

Saturday February 13, 2016

RSVP:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YJNP8QM .


Meet at the Museum Entrance between official tour begins at 11:30AM (Open to all Caltech Community Members)

Take the Metro: The Gold Line has an Exposition Blvd Stop that is directly across the street from the Museum.

Travel by Car: 110 FWY South Exit on Exposition Blvd. and take Flower St. Turn Right into the Exposition Park Parking Structure.