Celebrating Black History Month 2021

Highlighting our Black Alumni and Students

Aspiring Dietitian Aims to Promote Healthy Habits & Reduce Disparities

Alicia Miller plans on working with women and children in underrepresented and underserved communities after completing her Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity.

Nontraditional Student Earns Master’s in Gerontology

Corinne Jones went back to school as a nontraditional student for a Master of Arts in Gerontology. Learn how an education at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology prepared her for a thriving career with the state of California.

Gerontology students making an impact

Beyond their classwork, USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology students are a force for change in their communities and their professions.

Events at USC

Monday, February 1 at 12:00pm
Virtual Event

Please join President Carol L. Folt together with faculty, staff, students, and community members as we kick-off the University’s month-long celebration of Black History Month.

Thursday, February 4 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Virtual Event

Please join us for Black Gay Mail, a panel with three seminal activist-cultural producers discussing the print media they created and circulated in the late 20th century.

Tuesday, February 9 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Virtual Event

This panel will explore what it’s like to be a Black officer in today’s society and what it’s like to fight institutional racism and white supremacy from within police departments. This event is brought to you by the Safe Communities Institute, the Black Alumni Association and the USC Department of Public Safety.

Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30pm
Virtual Event

Commissioned by Carnegie Hall and presented as part of the 2019 Create Justice forum, The Just and the Blind is a powerful multimedia experience that illuminates the unseen and under-heard experiences of incarcerated youth and their families.

Wednesday, February 24 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Virtual Event

The USC East Asian Studies Center presents in association with East West Players and the Black and Latino Playwrights’ Celebration: “Intersections of Asian and Black Cultures in Theatre” as part of the Race/Solidarity: Transpacific Conversations series. This series invites faculty and guest speakers to discuss the current racial reckoning at USC and beyond and start this conversation within a global context.

Thursday, February 25 at 12:00pm
Virtual Event

Don’t miss internationally acclaimed Motswana poet Tjawangwa Dema, as she reads from her prize-winning collections The Careless Seamstress and Mandible, and performs spoken word pieces from throughout her career, reflecting on life in Botswana, the United States, and England.

The Gathering Place

"On the corner of hope and drive,
Under the question of open sky sprawls our great gathering site.
In this village we make the globe a little smaller
So we can dream bigger, so the dream need not wait.
Here in this gathering, we do good so that the world might be great.”

- by Amanda Gorman

Gwendolyn Sherard-Bishop by Barry Shaffer, from the Sophie Davis Gallery exhibit "Quiet Heroes – Over Eighty"

Portrait exhibit shares stories of a diverse group of older Angelenos

“Quiet Heroes – Over Eighty,” an exhibit at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology by photographer and USC alumnus Barry Shaffer, provides universal life lessons from older Los Angeles immigrants and people of color.

More Stories from our Community

Perspectives of African-American women missing from aging-in-place research

Current literature is not sufficiently inclusive of the issues African-American women face as they attempt to age in place, says Reginald Tucker-Seeley.

“Teach, Don’t Preach” and Other Nutrition Tips from the Compton Vegan

Lemel Durrah, chef and owner of Compton Vegan, shares advice on how people of all ages can eat and live well.

How racism is a threat to public health: A conversation between Reggie Tucker-Seeley and Jhumpka Ghupta

Reggie Tucker-Seeley is joined by his colleague, Jhumpka Gupta, an associate professor at George Mason University, on the USC Lessons in Lifespan Health podcast. The two discuss issues of racism and hate and the implications for health across the life course.

“How Much Time Do You Want for Your ‘Progress’?” Inequitable Aging for Diverse Sexual and Gender Minorities

Given the increasing diversity of our aging society, it is imperative that we begin to address the aging and health needs of older sexual and gender minority (SGM) adults of color, say PhD student Mekiayla Singleton, Catherine García PhD ’20 and Lauren Brown PhD ’18.

A support group for women on the front lines of the caregiving crisis (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Times featured the USC Family Caregiver Support Center’s local partnership with the First African Methodist Episcopal Church to support Black caregivers. “[The church] serves as that trusted middleman,” said Donna Benton of the USC Leonard Davis School, who runs the center.