Africana Studies

Africana Studies Week Event: My AfroRican State of Soul

Thursday, November 2, 2023 - 12:30pm

University Student Union (USU) | Northridge Center


Hybrid Event

This event has both an in-person and online option.

Get the zoom webinar link for My AfroRican State of Soul Event


My AfroRican State of Soul with Lucas Rivera - Africana Studies Week 2023 Event FlyerThe Department of Africana Studies and the Dubois-Hamer Institute for Academic Acheivement at CSUN are proud to present Africana Studies Week 2023. The theme this year is Community Revival: Celebrating Heritage, Activism, and Representation.

Please join us in welcoming special guest, Lucas Rivera for his talk My AfroRican State of Soul

About the Theme this Year

Community Revival: Celebrating Heritage, Activism, and Representation

"Community Revival: Celebrating Heritage, Activism, and Representation" honors the multifaceted fabric of history and culture while reiterating the ideals of fortitude, self-determination, and harmony. The 1968 CSUN "Storm at Valley State" acts as a strong cornerstone, kindling the activism and tenacity that burn brightly in the hearts of our people. As we celebrate the hardships and triumphs that have molded our history, we honor the students and staff who have devoted their lives to the causes of justice and representation at San Fernando Valley State (now California State University, Northridge). This theme perfectly captures the  development of our presence here. It honors the resilience of social ties and the continuing historical memory of those who battled for reform, shedding light on the path forward for upcoming generations to carry on the quest for a more just and inclusive institution.

About Lucas Rivera

Lucas Rivera is a multidisciplinary Afro-Puerto Rican artist and educator who expresses his culture through various mediums. His work is an autobiography captured through music, dance, paint, and poetry. He has exhibited and performed in Puerto Rico, Texas, California, Florida, New York, New Jersey.

He is also an innovative arts and entertainment management executive with 20+ years of senior leadership experience in marketing, program development, talent relations, nonprofit management, and event planning.

He is a Philadelphia native who built his professional arts career performing and exhibiting in his Latino community for more than 16 years. In 2007 he spearheaded the development and implementation of a new arts facility focused on arts education for high school students at Esperanza Academy Charter. He then moved on to become the Executive Director of Artist and Musicians of Latin America, AMLA. During his tenure he produced some of the largest salsa festivals in Philadelphia and helped develop the next generation of Latin Jazz artists in that community. Learn more at Mr. Rivera's Website.

Requesting Accommodations

Communication services (sign language interpreters, note takers, real-time captionists, or assistive listening devices) are available for this event. Requests for services must be submitted at least five (5) working days in advance. Please contact Dr. Cedric Hackett at