SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara Athletics is proud to promote the celebration of Black History Month. As part of the celebration, UCSBgauchos .com will release a series of video interviews of Gaucho African-American athletes and coaches. The interviews will be released once a week throughout the month-long celebration.
The third interview was with UCSB men's basketball player Orlando Johnson, a sophomore out of Palma High School in Seaside, Calif. Johnson is the team's starting point guard and currently leads the first place Gauchos in scoring average. He sat down to share his thoughts on the significance of Black History Month and the heroes it celebrates. To see and hear Orlando's interview, click here.
The second interview was with Gaucho women's basketball player Sweets Underwood, a freshman out of Compton's Centennial High School. Underwood is a reserve forward for UCSB and she shared her thoughts on the significance of Black History Month and the pioneers it celebrates. To see and hear Sweets' interview, click here.
The first video interview was with UCSB Director of Academic and Internal Affairs for men's basketball, David Campbell. Campbell's father, like former Gaucho basketball player Lowell Steward, was a Tuskegee Airman and the first African-American to drop a bomb on an enemy target.
To view and listen to Campbell's interview about Black History Month and his father's experience as a Tuskegee Airman, click here.
To read more about black history, check out the History Channel's Black History page by clicking here.
To read Mark Patton's article from the Santa Barbara News-Press about UCSB women's track and field athlete Kayla Smith's speech to the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, click here.
To visit UCSB's Black Studies Department, click here.
UCSB Athletics' celebration is part of the department's BE Great initiative. In 2008 UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.