Porterville College

Black History Month talk to focus on Sequoia Buffalo Soldiers


 Porterville College’s Cultural Historical Awareness Program (C.H.A.P.) will hold a special talk from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the PC Theater with “A Celebration of Black History Month: Buffalo Soldiers in Sequoia National Park” by Dave Humphrey, Cultural Resources Program Manager at the Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Contact the front desk upon your arrival for a free temporary parking permit. 

The name “Buffalo Soldiers” was ascribed to African Americans serving in the U.S. Army cavalry beginning in the late 1800s. Some of these men were assigned to service in Sequoia National Park in the early years of the 20th century. Mr. Humphrey will provide an overview of the history and contributions made by these soldiers to the citizens of Tulare County, and our country in general. 

The Porterville College Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) was organized in 2002 to enhance students' awareness of certain important aspects of our society to which they may previously have had little or no exposure. A theme is chosen by CHAP members each school year, and faculty members across the campus are encouraged to integrate elements of that theme into their coursework. Additionally, a variety of field trips, guest speakers, panel discussions and videos are presented throughout the year and are all open to the public. 

More Upcoming Events: 

March 5- 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., PC Theater, a multimedia presentation entitled “Troublesome Women: Social Activism in America” by Rebecca Baird, Porterville College History Instructor 

March 25 - 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., PC Theater, a multimedia presentation entitled “Double Luck: Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan” by author Lu Chi Fa (Gordon Lu) 

April 4 – (Two shows) 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., PC Theater, “‘70s and Beyond Concert” 

April 11- 7-8 p.m. PC Theater, a multimedia presentation entitled “Fast Forward Families: An Anthropology for the 21st Century” by Dr. Jan English-Lueck, Associate Dean, Social Science, College of Social Sciences, San Jose State University 

April 30- 11:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m., PC Quad, “Adventures in Eating: Multicultural Buffet” 

For more information about C.H.AP. visit www.portervillecollege.edu/CHAP

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