Black History Month events at ASU’s West campus

Fatima and Duku at 2015 Pioneer Award Ceremony
A signature event of the ASU West campus Black History month celebration is the Pioneer Award Dinner which is held to recognize a local leader and honor the traditions of the African American culture.

Arizona State University’s West campus commemorates Black History Month during February. 

Unless otherwise noted, events are free of charge. Visitor parking on campus costs $3 per hour and is available in the North Zone (lots 10, 11 & 12). ASU’s West campus is at 4701 W. Thunderbird Rd. in Phoenix [ map ].

The 2018 schedule is:


Feb. 3, 6-8 p.m.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to an evening of gumbo, soul food, fun and celebration. Do you have a family gumbo recipe you want to enter into the challenge? Enter the contest, or just come to enjoy. Address is shared with those who RSVP. Register for this event at:


Saturday, Feb. 10, 2-5 p.m.
Sun Devil Fitness Complex

Gumbo, a traditional stew originating in Louisiana amongst African Americans, is a must for any variety of good tasting and flavored dishes. Usually a mixutre of meat, chicken or seafood with vegetables, there are as many recipes as there are great cooks in the kitchens. Join Dr. Duku Anokye as she demonstrates making her award-winning recipe. Come to see the ingredients, smell the aromas and stay to enjoy the taste. For more information and to get free tickets, visit


Saturday, Feb. 24, 2017, 6 p.m.
Reservations required - RSVP

Festivities include an awards ceremony, oral history, entertainment and dinner. African attire is suggested. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Parking is free.

This year's Pioneer Award Dinner celebrates and honors The Honorable Cecil B. Patterson. He is an Arizona pioneer in law and community service. He was the first black judge appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court, the first black lawyer in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the state’s first black appeals court judge. He was successfully elected to this position in every retention election in which he was a candidate until his retirement from the bench in 2011. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and in 1971, he became an Arizona State University law school graduate. In addition, ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law recently established The Honorable Cecil B. Patterson Scholarship Endowment.

Don't forget to RSVP online

More information

For more information about Black History Month at Arizona State University, visit the Student and Cultural Engagement website at:

For more information about the events listed above in celebration of Black History Month at ASU’s West campus, call (602) 543-5300 or e-mail

This webpage will be updated each year before Black History Month.