Shared from the 2/2/2018 Bakersfield Californian eEdition


Bakersfield College holding Black History Month events

Bakersfield College will be holding several events in recognition of African American History Month in February.

On Feb. 8, the school will host Author Michael Eric Dyson, who will participate in two open forums about his best-selling book, “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America,” which is about the need to improve race relations and divisions in the country.

The forums will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the college’s Fireside Room, 1801 Panorama Drive. At 11:15 a.m. in the same room, Dyson will also attend a presentation from African American Initiatives, a Bakersfield College group focused on helping black students succeed at the school.

At 7 p.m. in the Edward Simonsen Indoor Theatre, Dyson will speak about Martin Luther King Jr. as part of the college’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

On Feb. 12, representatives from 25 historically black colleges and universities will visit the college from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide information to students about the schools.

The college will host another discussion on Feb. 20 titled “Transforming Policing: Bridging the Racial Divide” in the Fireside Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Professor Tommy Tunson will moderate a discussion with Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin, local Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Jose Moreno, California Highway Patrol Commander Ron Sheldon and others.

The college will hold a few additional activities throughout the month.

For more information, call the college at 395-4011.

Thurman Orthodontics has started a new Smiles Made Challenge campaign aimed at helping people in the community.

Owner Michael Thurman said the campaign will announce a different challenge for the community each month. For February, Thurman is asking people to help the Burrito Project by volunteering or donating to the organization, which feeds the homeless in the community.

Those who want to volunteer can show up any Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 1340 Oswell St. The Burrito Project is located at 930 Truxtun Ave.

To complete a challenge, participants must post a photo performing their good deed using the hashtag #smilesmadechallenge on social media. Those who do so will receive some kind of prize.

For more information, visit or call 395-0698.

First Presbyterian Church will hold its Father-Daughter Valentine Dance today.

The dance will be from 6-10 p.m. at the church, 1705 17th St. Attendees will get the chance to take professional photos together, with packages starting at $20. Proceeds will be donated to Little Ones Preschool. Treats will also be offered.

Tickets are $10 per person prior to the event and can be purchased at the church office or online at Ticket prices will be $20 at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 325-9419.

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