Today in Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Thursday

Black students plan day of advocacy

Black community college and high school students from throughout the state are planning a day of advocacy in Sacramento tied to The Education Trust – West’s latest report, “Black Minds Matter: Supporting the Educational Success of Black Children in California.” At 8 a.m., students will rally in front of the State Board of Education, event organizers said, to call attention to the need for strong school and district accountability systems that prioritize equity, and the need to increase access to college preparatory courses and programs. At 10 a.m., students will gather at the south steps of the Capitol to ask the governor, policymakers and education leaders to prioritize black students’ success. Scheduled guest speakers include Antonio Villaraigosa, former speaker of the Assembly and mayor of Los Angeles, and Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove.

Cool start to Thursday

A jacket or sweater is in order Thursday as the day dawns on the cold side. Temperatures in the Sacramento area were in the high 30s or low 40s. At 5:53 a.m. the temperature at Sacramento International Airport registered 39 degrees. The high on Thursday in the region is expected to reach 65 degrees.

Vowell to discuss new book

Sarah Vowell, author of “Unfamiliar Fishes,” “The Wordy Shipmates” and “Assassination Vacation,” discusses journalism, American history and her new book, “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” from 7 to 9 p.m. at the UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom, 550 Alumni Lane. A book signing will follow the free event. Seating is limited.

Things to do

  • The Golden Dragon Acrobats, a Chinese acrobatic touring company, are performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Union Ballroom of California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J St. The event is free.