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MCCC to Observe Black History Month with Discussions, Film and Music

1/31/17


West Windsor/Trenton, N.J. -- As part of its annual observance of Black History Month, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will host a number of special events throughout February with themes of history, fellowship and inspiration. Events will be held at both the West Windsor Campus (WWC), 1200 Old Trenton Road, and the James Kerney Campus (JKC), 102 North Broad Street, Trenton.

The celebration kicks off with an opening ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at noon in JKC's Kerney Hall. Special guest is Pastor Sadrail Saint-Ulysse, Superintendent of Schools of the New Jersey Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, who will speak on “The Power of Education” past, present and future. The event starts at noon. Lunch will be served.

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, starting at 5 p.m., “Hidden Colors” (2011), a documentary film about the untold history of people of color around the world, will be shown in JKC's Kerney Hall. The event is sponsored by the JKC Student Executive Council. This Tariq Nasheed film is presented by King Flex Entertainment in association with Labnoise Films.

On Saturday, Feb. 11 at 3:30 p.m., Gospel Fest returns to Kelsey Theatre for “An Afternoon of Praise.” The event features performances by MCCC students, alumni and members of area churches. Cookies, chips and water will be available for purchase. The festival is presented to the community free of charge. All proceeds from snack sales and community donations will be contributed to the MCCC Book Scholarship Fund.

On Tuesday, Feb. 14 – yes, that’s Valentine’s Day! – a discussion entitled “Loving Relationships” will feature guest speaker Sharea Farmer, of RS Counseling & Wellness Center, which offers client-centered care in emotional, spiritual, physical, social and intellectual wellness. The conversation starts at noon in the WWC Student Center, Room 104. Lunch will be served.

The James Kerney Campus Student Executive Council presents an “Empowerment Panel” on Friday, Feb. 24 starting at 6 p.m. in Kerney Hall (KC 229). The theme for the discussion will be learning from the past, living in the present and looking towards the future. Featured speakers include Aundreta Wright MCCC faculty members Alvyn Haywood and, and community activist Darren “Freedom” Green. Refreshments will be served.

Closing ceremonies take place on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The luncheon event starts at noon in Kerney Hall at the James Kerney Campus. Guest speaker is John Harmon, Sr., a 1981 MCCC Business Administration alumnus who has gone on to a distinguished career as a business leader. He currently serves as the President/CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey and is the former President/CEO of the Metropolitan Trenton African American Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony will also include a mime performance as well as other performers. 

Events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lucia Brown-Joseph at brownl@mccc.edu or call 609-570-3404.

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