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Fall 2015


Independence Day Celebration & Taste of Latin America Wed., Sept. 16 @ 12 noon Student Patio Aztec Dancers and Latin Foods 

Salsa Day

Wed., Sept. 23 @ 12 noon Student Quad Salsa Dance and Salsa Tasting 
Live Latino Music, Art, & Poetry Exposition Thurs., Oct. 1 @ 12:30 p.m. Student Quad Student Art Competition 

McFarland, USA Film Screening & Talkback
Featuring Film Viewing and Discussion with Cast

Wed., Oct. 7 @ 3:45-8 p.m. Student Lounge   Latino Film

Campus Resource Awareness/Education Day
Guest Speaker: Irma Archuleta

Thurs., Oct. 8 @ 11:30 a.m. Staff Lounge   Latino Education

S.T.E.M. Faculty Panel
Photo Courtesy of Student,
Nichel Rivera




 Thurs., Oct. 8 @12:30 p.m.  Staff Lounge  Latinos in S.T.E.M.
Latin Cook-off Event  Thurs., Oct. 15 @1 p.m.  Student Lounge  Latino Dessert Competition

Author @ Compton
featuring Carlos Ornelas'
Ketchup: Sopa de Gato
(A Word Is Worth a Thousand Pictures)


Tues., Oct. 27 @ 11:30 a.m.


Student Lounge Latino Author 
Latino Book Giveaway Tues., Oct 27
to Thurs., Oct 29
Student Lounge Latino Authors 
Free Writing Workshops Click here for schedule. New Library / Success Center Upstairs Improving College Reading and Writing 

Spring 2015




African Attire Day & Drum Processional


Mon., Feb. 2 @ 11:15 a.m.


Student Lounge

Senegal African Dancers & Drummers

T-Shirt Giveaway and Lecture by Dr. Ikaweba Bunting

Tues., Feb. 3 @ 9:30 a.m.

Student Lounge


Slavery by Another Name

Wed., Feb. 4 @ 6:30 p.m.

Student Lounge

Black Film

"Roots of Rhythm"
featuring Chester Whitmore's Central Avenue Revue

Tues., Feb. 10 @ 11:15 a.m.

Student Lounge

Black Music

"Martin & Music" 
featuring Gerald Rivers as M.L.K., Jr. and Charles Holt, Vocalist

Wed., Feb.11 @ 11:15 a.m.

Student Lounge

Civil Rights

"Black History through the Lens of Mexican & African Solidarity,"
Lecture by Ron Wilkins

Tues., Feb. 17 @ 9:30 a.m.

Student Lounge

Black History 

"Reflections from a Black Sports Attorney: From College to Corporation,"
Lecture by Attorney William Strickland

Wed., Feb. 18 @ 11:15 a.m.

Student Lounge

Blacks in Sports

Health, Science, Technology, & Black Lives:
Panel Discussion

Mon., Feb. 23 @ 10:25 a.m.

Student Lounge

Blacks in S.T.E.M. and Black Health Fair

The Hue, Tint, & Shade of Words
and Discussion with Filmmaker Stephen Duncan

Mon., Feb. 23 @ 6:30 p.m.

Student Lounge

Black Film

Author @ Compton,
featuring Michael Datcher's Americus


Tues., Feb. 24 @ 11:30 a.m.

Student Lounge

Black Author

Salute to Black Authors


Tues., Feb. 24 @ 11-3; Wed., Feb. 25 @ 6-9; Thurs., Feb. 26 @ 11-3


Student Lounge

Book Fair

Marcus Garvey

Thurs., Feb. 26 @ 7 p.m.

Student Lounge

Black Play

Free Reading & Writing Workshops

Click here for schedule.

New Library / Student Success Center (Upstairs)

Improving college reading and writing

Voices of Compton: Compton Literary / Arts Journal Event


Pictured: Nancy Betancourt, Patrick Erlandson, and Anthony Chuy (published student writers)


Tues., Apr. 7 @ 11:30 a.m.

Student Lounge

Student Readings and Art Exhibit


Pictured: Laura Blackwell and Brian Macias (published student artists)

FALL 2014




Bus Trip

Sept. 27

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

Cultural Awareness

Aztec Dancers

Wed., Oct. 8 @ 12:30 p.m.

Student Lounge

Traditional Native American Dance

Luis Rodriguez

Tues., Oct. 14 @ 11:15 a.m.

Student Lounge

Literature Discussion

Halting the Ban on Mexican American Studies with Sean Arce

Thurs., Oct. 16 @ 6:30 p.m.

Student Lounge

Education Lecture

Health Fair

Wed., Oct. 22 @ 11:15 a.m.

Student Lounge

Free information and health lecture for students

Film Showing & Discussion with Popcorn

Wed., Oct. 22 @ 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Student Lounge

Viewing and Discussion

Author @ Compton,
featuring Concha Alborg of American in Translation: A Novel in Three Novellas and more


Tues., Oct. 28 @ 11:30 a.m.

Student Lounge

Author Reading and Book Signing

Free Writing Workshops


New Library / Student Success Center (Upstairs)

Improving college reading and writing

Latino Book Fair

Tues., Oct. 28, 11 a.m. -3 p.m.; Tues., Nov. 4, 6:15-8 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 5, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Student Lounge

Latino Literature

SPRING 2014 




Senegal African Dancers and Drummers 

 Mon., Feb. 2 @ 11 a.m.

Student Lounge 

Drum Processional and African Attire

 A Tribute to Musical Legends

Wed., Feb. 5 @ 12:30 p.m. 

Student Lounge 

 Michael Jackson Performer

 History of African Dance Motifs: Tap Performance

 Tues., Feb. 11 @ 12:30 p.m.

Student Lounge 

"Roots of Rhythm" 


Martin and Music, featuring Gerald Rivers (M. L. King, Jr.) and Charles Holt (vocalist) 


Wed., Feb. 12 @ 11 a.m. 

Student Lounge 

Civil Rights Movement

Black Panther Alumni Film and Panel

 Tues., Feb. 11 @ 12:30 p.m.

Student Lounge 

"Political Oppression, Police Repression, and Mass Incarceration in the U.S.A."

Paul Robeson, featuring K. B. Solomon 

Wed., Feb. 19 @ 7 p.m. 

Student Lounge 

 "Speak of Me As I Am"

Mexican and African History,

featuring a lecture by Ron Wilkins

 Tues., Feb. 20 @ 9:30 a.m.

Student Lounge 

"Black History through the Lens of Mexican and African Solidarity"

 Author @ Compton, featuring Robert Lee Johnson, Jr. of Images of America: Compton  

 Tues., Feb. 25 @ 11 a.m. 

Student Lounge 

Salute to Black Authors (Guest Author, Book Fair, and Book Giveaway)

Dances from Africa to the Modern Era,

featuring the Compton Center Dance Department 

 Thurs., Feb. 27 @ 7 p.m.

 Student Lounge

"The Journey" 

 Voices of Compton Event


Pictured: Theodore Ousley (Student Essayist) and Miguel Quintero (Student Poet)

Thurs., Apr. 10 @ 11 a.m. 


Pictured: Egypt Muhammad (Student Essayist and Student Painter) and Kumba Varnee (Student Essayist)

Student Lounge 


Pictured: Brenda Jimenez (Student Essayist)

 New Publication of Student Literary / Arts Journal!


Pictured: Artwork by students Isabel Herrera and Egypt Muhammad

 Free Writing Workshops

 Schedule TBD

 Writing Center (F33)

 FALL 2013




 Janice Hahn (Congresswoman),

Local Schools, and Documentary Films


Wed., Aug. 28 @ 1-3 p.m. 

 Student Lounge

Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech 

 Latino Heritage Month Commences

Mon., Sept. 16 @ 11a.m.-1 p.m.

 Student Lounge

 Modern Music, Food, and Fun

 Blacks and Latinos in Unity

Tues., Sept. 24 @ 11 a.m.

Student Lounge

Historical Lecture 

 Welcome Back BBQ

Wed., Sept. 25

 Student Lounge

Campus Information and Clubs 

  Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

 Sat., Sept. 28

Museum Bus Trip 

Latino Heritage 

 Aztec Dance Troupe


Photo courtesy of Nayely Ornelas

 Wed., Oct. 2 @ 12 noon Student Lounge Historical Dance Performance and Lecture

 Stop Ban on Ethnic Studies Classes:

Panel Presentation

Thurs., Oct. 4 @ 11 a.m. 

Student Lounge

 University of Arizona Professors Panel Discussion

 Salsa Club

Thurs., Oct. 10 @ 12 noon 

Student Lounge

Salsa Club Dance Performance

 Latino Heritage Fair and Book Release

 Wed., Oct. 16 @ 1 p.m.

Student Lounge

"A Taste of Latin America" Folkloric Performance, Latinos and the Art of Spoken Word, and more

 Latino Playwright,

Gabriel Rivas Gomez

Gabriel Rivas Gomez's Play Reading Cast


Wed., Oct. 23 @ 7 p.m. 

Student Lounge

Scar Tissue: One-Act Play Reading 

Gabriel Rivas Gomez's Play Reading 10-23-13

 Local Urban Writers,

Hiram Sims and Kim Soria of Photoetry



Thurs., Nov. 13 @ 11:30 a.m. 


 Student Lounge

Authors @ Compton 

 Writing Workshops

 Click here for schedule

Click here for updated schedule

 Writing Center (F39)

 Free Writing Workshops






Prolific Local Writer,

Ercell H. Hoffman



Thurs., Mar. 19 @ 11:30 a.m. Student Lounge Author @ Compton
Writing Workshops Click here for schedule Writing Center (F 33 or G 33) Free Writing Workshops

Compton Literary / Arts Journal Event

Ariel Rufo Student

Ariel Rufo, Student Essayist

Photo Courtesy of Brandon Segovia

Tues., May 21 @ 11:30 a.m.


Photo Courtesy of Mayra Paz

Student Lounge



Student Readings & Art Exhibit



 FALL 2012




 Featured Award-winning Writer,

Melinda Palacio

Melinda Palacio

Thurs., Nov. 1 @ 11:30 a.m. 

 Student Lounge

Author @ Compton 

 Writing Workshops

 Click here for schedule

 Writing Center (F39)

 Free Writing Workshops

SPRING 2012 




 History of African Dance Motifs: Tap Performance

 Tues., Feb. 21 @ 7 p.m.

Student Lounge 

"Roots of Rhythm" 

 African Drum and Dance Festival

African Dance Spring 2012

Wed., Feb. 22 @ 12 noon 

Student Lounge 

 Drum Festival, Dancers, African Attire Day, and Village Processional

 Theatrical and Musical Tribute to Dr. King

Gerald C. Rivers (Actor) & Charles Holt (Broadway Vocalist)

Tues., Feb. 28 @ 11 a.m. 

Student Lounge 

Martin & Music: Dramatic Portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

 Dr. Ikaweba Bunting, Faculty Lecture

Wed., Feb. 29 @ 11 a.m. 

Student Lounge 

"The 1960s Struggle for
Black Liberation & the Tanzanian Experience"

 African Dance, Student Performance

 Wed., Feb. 29 @ 7 p.m.

 Student Lounge

 "The Journey"

Kambon Obayani, Guest Author

 Kambon Obayani, Guest Author

Tues., Mar 27 @ 11:30 a.m. 

Student Lounge 

Author @ Compton 

The Jr. Walker Story:The Man Behind the Sax

 Compton Literary / Arts Journal Event

JenniferDesse, Carlos Ornelas, Michawn Browning

Published Students Pictured: Jennifer Deese (1st Prize Painting), Carlos Ornelas (1st Prize Poetry & Spoken Word Art), and Michawn Browning (3rd Prize Poem)


Tues., May 15 @ 11:30 a.m. 

Racquel Staine-Willis

Pictured: Racquel Staine-Willis (Student Essayist)

 Student Lounge

Geraldine Hernandez

Pictured: Geraldine Hernandez (Student Poet)

Student Readings & Art Exhibit

David Richardson

Pictured: David Richardson (Student Essayist)

 Writing Workshops

 Fridays @ 10 a.m.

and week dates and times

(See posted schedule)

Writing Center (F33) 

Free Writing Workshops 





 FALL 2011




Hiram Sims and the Urban Poets
Wed., Nov. 16 @ 11:30 a.m.
Student Lounge 
Authors @ Compton 
 Grammar Workshops
 Fridays @ 10:00 a.m.
Writing Center (F39) 
Free Writing Workshops 
SPRING 2011 
 Bus Tour
 Fri., Feb. 18 @ 10 a.m.
Culver City 
Pan Afrikan Film Festival 
 Black History Month Kick-Off
 Tues., Feb. 22 @ 11 a.m.
 Student Lounge
Drum Festival, Dancers, African Attire Day , and African Marketplace
 Martin Luther King Performance,
Gerald C. Rivers, Actor
Wed., Feb. 23 @ 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.
 Student Lounge
One-Act Play on Black Experience including King's speeches (panel for evening event)
Women's History Month Kick-off 
Women's history films
Wed., Mar. 9 @ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Student Lounge 
Documentaries, Art, Poetry, Hats, & Presentation 
 Original Voices
 3/28 -3/29 @ 12 and 7 p.m.
Theater Performance 
Wed., Mar. 16 @12
Student Lounge
Black cuisine shared

Dr. Velina Hasu Houston, Award-winning Playwright

 Dr. Velina Hasu Houston (USC Distinguished Playwright) @Compton

 Wed., Mar. 23 @ 9:00

 Student Lounge

Author @ Compton

 Compton Literary/Arts Journal Event

Student Artists Spring 2011

Photos Courtesy of Izzy Micheo

Pictured: Published students Kathryn Floriman, Chavez Bell, Carrie McClain, Izzy Micheo, Ellizabeth Weissmann, and Alan Gonzalez

Wed., May 11 @ 11:30

Izzy Micheo reading her work

 Student Lounge

 Alan Gonzalez reading his published work


Student Readings & Art Exhibit

Art display on left side

Photo Courtesy of Ellizabeth Weissman

Pictured: Published artwork by Lorena Ramos, Hilerio Romero, Tony McGee, Antoinette Nezey

Our History: A Salute to Malcolm X 

May 18 & 19 @ 11 a.m. 

Student Lounge 

Film and Presentations 

 Health Expo

Wed., May 24 @ 10-2 

Student Lounge 

Workshops and Presentations 

 Grammar Workshops

Fridays @ 10 a.m. 

 Writing Center (F39)

Free Writing Workshops





FALL 2010

Date and Time 



 Mexican Independence Day, Faculty Lecture by Maria Elena Martinez

 Thurs., Sept. 16 @ 11 a.m.

Student Lounge 

 History, Spoken Word, Mariachi Band, and Aztec Dancers

 Nisei Project, Alan Nishio

 Wed., Oct. 6 @ 11 a.m.

Student Lounge 

Japanese Internment 

 Guest Poet, Marisela Norte

Award winning author Marisela Norte on left


 Wed., Nov. 17 @ 11:30 a.m.

Student Lounge 

 Marisela Norte's Literature

Writing Workshops 

Fridays @ 10 a.m. 

 Writing Center

 Grammar Workshop Series

Date and Time
Black History Month Opening Ceremony  Tues., Feb. 23 @11:45 Flag Pole & South Lawn Processional, Performance, and African Market Place
Black Athletes and the Professional Sports Industry Wed., Feb. 24 @11 a.m. Student Lounge Panel Presentation
Donzaleigh Abernathy, Author of Partners to History, acclaimed actress, and more
Keynote Speaker
Thurs., Feb. 25 @11:00 a.m.
Compton Gym
Annual Black History Month Celebration
America I Am, Museum Bus Excursion
Wed., Mar. 3 @10 a.m.
Student Life Departure
500 Yrs of African American Contributions to the Country and World
Traditional African/African American Fashion Extravaganza
Wed., Mar. 10 @12 p.m.
Student Lounge
History of African American Clothing

Blacks and Cinema


Student Lounge

Documentaries, Feature Films, and Entertainment Recordings

Cesar Chavez, Faculty Lecture by Paul Flor 

Wed., Mar. 31 @ 11 a.m. 

Student Lounge 

Lecture on Chavez' life and political legacy

 Cinco de Mayo, Student Lecture, Music, & Food

Wed., May 5 @ 11 a.m. 

 Student Lounge

Essay on the history of Cinco de Mayo

Compton Literary / Arts Journal Event with Featured Published Guest Author Peter J. Harris

Peter J Harris & Literary / Arts Journal Event

Photos Courtesy of Dr. Nellie Rodriguez

Wed., June 2 @ 11 a.m.

Peter J Harris with student

Student Lounge

Award winning published author Peter J Harris with student writer Alan Gonzalez published in Compton Literary / Arts Journal

Newest Compton Literary / Arts Journal & Book Signing

Writing Workshops

Fridays @10 a.m. Writing Center Grammar Workshop Series
FALL 2009 Date and Time Location Topic

Tim Lee, Deputy District Director,

 37th Congressional District


Thurs., Sept. 17 @9:30 a.m. Student Lounge  U. S. Constitution Day

Stan Allotey, Published Author on the Compton Campus

Book Presentation  


Wed., Sept. 23 @11 a.m. Student Lounge Stan Allotey's novel The Eye of an Eagle

Lorna Dee Cervantes, Published Author on the Compton Campus,

Poetry Presentation and Reading

Lorna Dee Cervantes (Author @ Compton)

Photos Courtesy of Dr. Nellie Rodriguez

Wed., Nov. 11 @11 a.m.

Distinguished Lorna Dee Cervantes signing

Student Lounge

Distinguished Lorna Dee Cervantes with students

Lorna Dee Cervantes' literature

 Humanities Chair and faculty at the event 

Compton Literary / Arts Journal Event

Jessica Medrano 

 Photos Courtesy of Ms. Amber Gillis

Pictured: Published students Jessica Medrano, Houjun Hu, LaTonia Smith, Juana Sandoval, Jenny Zuniga, Luis Paredes, and Christopher Miller

Wed., Dec. 9 @11 a.m.

LaTonia Smith

Houjun Hu

Student Lounge

Juana Sandoval

Luis Paredes

Unveiling Compton's Literary / Arts Journal

Jenny Zuniga  

Christopher Miller

Dr. Calvin Mackie, Ph. D., Keynote Speaker,

3rd Annual Male Conference

Thurs., Dec. 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tartar Gym "Yes, I Can": Male Conference
Writing Workshops Fridays @10 a.m. Writing Center Grammar Workshop Series




Spring 2009

  • Afro-American Museum Bus Trip, Tues., Feb. 24, at 12 noon, Student Life
  • Everett L. Glenn, Sports and Entertainment Attorney (Free & Open to Public) - Wed., Feb. 25, at 11 a.m., Student Lounge, Topic: "Leveraging Talent for Wealth, Growth, and Community"
  • Variety Show and Cook-Off, Thurs., Feb. 26, 11a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Lounge/Patio, Topic: "Food for the Soul"
  • Paul Flor from Compton Center (Free & Open to Public)- Tuesday, Mar. 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Student Lounge, Topic: "Celebrating Cesar Chavez"
  • The Oppression and Emancipation of Women (Free & Open to Public) - Thurs., Apr. 30, 11 a.m., Student Lounge
  • An Unbroken Agony: Haiti from Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President (Free and Open to Public) -Thurs., May 21, 11 a.m., Student Lounge


Fall 2008

  • Tim Lee, Deputy District Director, 37th Congressional District, Hon. Laura Richardson - Wed, Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m., Student Lounge, Topic: Constitution Day


Five Exciting Lectures at the Compton Center in Spring 2008:

  • Dr. Tyrone Howard from UCLA (Free & Open to Public) - Wed., Feb. 13, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Gym, Topic: "Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."
  • Bryant K. Smithfrom S. Carolina (Free & Open to Public) - Thurs., Feb. 14, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Gym, Topic: "The Coaptation of the N-word"
  • Harvey Estrada from Compton Center (Free & Open to Public) - Wed., Feb. 27,  6 p.m., Student Lounge, Topic: "Black Contributions to Music" (History of African American Music with musical demonstrations)
  • Macheo Shabaka from Compton Center (Free & Open to Public) - -Thurs., Feb. 28, 9 a.m., Student Lounge, Topic: "Miseducation"
  • Legrand Clegg (Free & Open to Public)-- Thurs., Feb. 28, 6 p.m. Student Lounge, Topic: "Blacks and the Media"


Two Exciting Conferences Near Compton Center:

  • CalSACC Black Caucus Conference, Fri., Feb. 15, 4 -9 p.m. and Sat., Feb 16, 8 a.m. - 3p.m., El Camino, Torrance
  • African American Manchild Conference, Sat., Feb. 23, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., L.A. Southwest College




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