MCCC Celebrates Black History Month

1-28-09

"Unity" is the theme of MCCC's month-long tribute to Black History Month at both campuses. Activities are sponsored by the African American Student Organization (AASO), Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) and the Student Government Association (SGA).

A Student Summit: "It's All About You," featuring campus organizations will kick off activities on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at noon in CM 110, WWC. President Patricia C. Donohue will present opening remarks, followed by Vice President of Academic Affairs Guy Generals, Vice President of College Advancement Beverly Richardson, and other administrators who will present overviews on how to make the most of the MCCC experience.

For further information about the events listed here, call Lucia Brown-Joseph, ext. 3499 or email brownl@mccc.edu

Events include:

  • A talk by Sidney Taylor, a descendant of Harriet Tubman. Taylor, who will spark conversation with his presentation "The Underground Railroad: What Has it Got to Do with Us" on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at noon in Kerney Hall on the James Kerney Campus. Free.

  • A panel discussion: "Homecoming: The Reentry to Society" on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. in Kerney Hall at JKC. Representatives from several organizations will discuss ways to effectively reform prisoners and decrease recidivism. Moderated by Professor Alvyn Haywood, panelists include Dr. Renee Walker, coordinator of MCCC Project Inside; Dr. Mims Robinson House and Francis Billingsly, MCCC prison coordinators at Garden State Correctional Facility; Jay Glass, a retired prison officer; Dennis Porter, national president of Prodigal Sons and Daughters; Ed Barry, an MCCC employee and president of the local chapter; and Wahida Clark, author of "Thugs and the Women who Love Them." Mercer's Criminal Justice Club is the event's co-host. Free.

  • " A MCCC Distinguished Lecture Series Presentation: "Civil Rights Then and Now: Where do We Go from Here?" on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at noon in CM 109, West Windsor Campus. Noted civil right activist Jesse Epps will share his perspectives. Epps was one of the last people to speak to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. before his assassination. Free.

  • A Lecture/Workshop, "Brother Step Up Your Game," an interactive session open to MCCC men on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at noon in the Administration Building Room 131, West Windsor Campus. Free.
    " A Health/Beauty Workshop, "Love The Skin You're In," an interactive session open to MCCC women on Thursday, Feb. 12 at noon in CM 110, West Windsor Campus. Free.

  • A Poetry Contest on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at noon at The Gallery, West Windsor Campus. Participants will perform and have their work judged by MCCC faculty and visiting writer Debra Brown, author of The Goal of a Soccer Mom. Free.

  • A Game Show featuring the history of the Black Diaspora on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at noon in Kerney Hall at JKC. Free.

  • A lecture by the Rev. Michelle Bazin, pastor of New Horizon Baptist Church in Groveville, N.J., on "The Role of the Church from Slavery to Today." Her presentation will take place Thursday, Feb. 19 at noon in CM 110, West Windsor Campus. Free.

  • A lecture: "The Challenges for Women in Politics," presented by Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman on Friday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Cafeteria, West Windsor Campus. AAWCC and SGA are event co-hosts. Free.

  • A Dance Performance and Workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at noon in the Student Center. Students from the Garvey School in Trenton will entertain and provide instruction. Free.
    " A Game Show featuring the history of the Black Diaspora on Thursday, Feb. 26 at noon in CM 110, West Windsor Campus. Free.

  • An Ethnic Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 27 at noon in the Student Center, West Windsor Campus. Feast on dishes prepared by MCCC's Hospitality Club. Free.

  • A Jazz Café featuring BAR-One Productions on Friday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at JKC. Tickets are $5.

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