History Month at MCCC
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
"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."
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.
Feb. 2, six prominent community leaders shared their vast experience
and discussed the importance of education with students during an
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.
Feb. 3 the campus community enjoyed a dynamic performance by
the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble.
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.
L ucia Brown-Joseph, advisor for the African-American Student Organization,
with MCCC Vice President Guy Generals, who spoke at opening day ceremonies.
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.
African Dance and Drum Ensemble