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Santa Monica Celebrates Black History Month With Two Guest Speakers

Posted Feb. 14, 2013, 8:23 am

Mitch James / Mirror Contributor

Santa Monica College celebrates Black History Month 2013 with two guest speakers this month at two events that are free and open to the public.

Jacqueline A. Seabrooks, Santa Monica Police Chief, will be speak on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 11:15 am to 12:25 pm at HSS 165 on SMC’s main campus.

Chief Seabrooks is a 31-year law enforcement veteran with significant municipal policing experience. 

On May 29, 2012, Chief Seabrooks assumed leadership responsibilities for the Santa Monica Police Department as its 17th Chief of Police and is the first African American female to head the department.

From October 2007 through May 2012, Chief Seabrooks was at the helm of the Inglewood Police Department.

As the first woman to hold the Department’s top executive position in that organization’s 100 plus year history, Chief Seabrooks provided leadership and direction as the organization successfully navigated various financial, personnel, and other internal challenges, to include an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. 

Under her leadership, the City of Inglewood’s crime rates declined to levels not seen since the mid 1970’s; the Department’s risk management profile improved substantially; and the Department strengthened its relationship with the community.

Dr. Benjamin P. Bowser, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Social Services at California State University, East Bay, will speak on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 11:15 am to 12:35 pm at HSS 165 on SMC's main campus.

Dr. Bowser has done extensive research on the topic of hip hop and gangsta rap’s influence in American culture and the effects, positive and negative, that will endure.

Professor Bowser's most recent publications are: Gangster Rap and Its Social Cost: Exploiting Hip Hop and Using Racial Stereotypes to Entertain America (Amherst, N.Y: Cambria Press) and with Paul Lovejoy (eds.) The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery: New Directions in Teaching and Learning (Trenton and London: Africa World Press).

This will be Dr. Bowser’s second visit to SMC for Black History Month. His first lecture received rave reviews from the students and staff who attended.

Santa Monica College is located at 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica.

For more information, visit www.smc.edu.

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