Santa Monica College celebrates Black History Month 2013
with two guest speakers this month at two events that are free and open to the
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,
For more information, visit www.smc.edu.
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