Black History Month at MCCC
"Transforming the Future Through the Power of Education"


With music performed by the Trenton Central High School Orchestra, students, faculty and administrators gathered at Mercer County Community College's James Kerney Campus on Feb. 1 to kick off Black History Month.

"Transforming the Future Through the Power Education" is the month-long theme. MCCC President Patricia Donohue presented opening remarks. Setting the tone for the month with rousing historical and personal reflections were MCCC's Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Guy Generals, and the Rev. Kathleen Smallwood-Johnson, Esq., associate minister at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, N.J.

"Obtaining an education is more than just studying for classes. It fuels your lifestyle and manner in the way you carry yourselves," said Dr. Generals. "It is important to look at the past to see who we are, to look forward and to move forward. Know yourself. Know what you are capable of doing."

Smallwood-Johnson echoed such sentiments, pointing to how her own daughters, graduates of Trenton Central High School, benefited from taking college courses at Mercer while in high school.

On Feb. 2, six prominent community leaders shared their vast experience and discussed the importance of education with students during an "Intergenerational Conversation."

Speakers included East Windsor Twp. Council member Walter Daniels; MCCC Foundation Board Member James Floyd, who is a former Mayor of Princeton Township; MCCC Foundation Board member W. Ruth Rosser; MCCC Professor Emerita Jeanette Purdy; Rebecca Rousseau Mitchell, who is a retired director of Trenton's Division of Community Development; and Ernest A. Williams, former Trenton police chief.

On Feb. 3 the campus community enjoyed a dynamic performance by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble.

Participating in opening day events, from left, are students and staff members: Brittney Ross, Khalida Haqq, Monica Weaver, Diane Campbell, Ed Frederick, V.P. Dr. Guy Generals, President Patricia Donohue, Lucia Brown-Joseph and Thomas Lott Pittman.
Bursar L ucia Brown-Joseph, advisor for the African-American Student Organization, with MCCC Vice President Guy Generals, who spoke at opening day ceremonies.
Participating in the "Intergenerational Conversation," back row, from left, are Walter Daniels, James Floyd, W. Ruth Rosser, Jeanette Purdy, Rebecca Rousseau Mitchell, and Ernest A. Williams. MCCC students in the front row, from left, are Thomas Pittman, Andre Thompson, Brittney Ross, Monica Rentra and Munah Manneh.

The Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble

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