Portland State Magazine: Spring 2019
Author: Portland State Magazine
Posted: April 19, 2019

A calendar like no other

AFTER A LIFETIME of painting and a lifetime as a black man in American, Isaka Shamsud-Din ’99, MFA ’01 has created a Juneteenth Calendar that celebrates black history. Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865, abolition of slavery in Texas. Shamsud-Din’s calendar covers the black experience through this century. Starting in June 2019, the calendar features 19 months of his art and information about historic events. Shamsud-Din, now 78 years old, was president of Black Student Union in 1968, taught Black Studies in 1970-71 and later taught art at PSU. One of his early murals is in the south stairwell of Smith Memorial Student Union. The Juneteenth calendar may be purchased at the PSU Bookstore.