MCCC Celebrates Black History Month

1-26-09

West Windsor, N.J. - "Unity" is the theme as Mercer County Community College observes Black History Month at both of its two campuses, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor, and the James Kerney Campus on corner of North Broad and Academy Streets in Trenton.

A full calendar of activities is sponsored by the college's African American Student Organization (AASO), the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), the MCCC chapter of American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) and the Student Government Association (SGA). For further information, visit www.mccc.edu, call (609) 570-3499 or e-mail brownl@mccc.edu.

Public events in February include:

  • Sidney Taylor, a descendant of Harriet Tubman, will speak on "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.

  • Representatives from several organizations will discuss ways to effectively reform prisoners and decrease recidivism during a panel discussion, "Homecoming: The Reentry to Society" on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. in Kerney Hall at the James Kerney Campus. Moderated by MCCC Professor of Communication Alvyn Haywood, panelists include Dr. Renee Walker coordinator of MCCC's 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.

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

  • MCCC hosts a Poetry Contest on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at noon in The Gallery, second floor of the Communications Bulilding, 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.

  • Rev. Michelle Bazin, pastor of New Horizon Baptist Church in Groveville, N.J., presents "The Role of the Church from Slavery to Today," on Thursday, Feb. 19 at noon in the Communications building, room 110, West Windsor Campus. Free.

  • A lecture, "The Challenges for Women in Politics," presented by Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman on Friday, Feb. 20 at 1p.m. in the Student Center Cafeteria, West Windsor Campus. Free.

  • A Jazz Café at the James Kerney Campus features Bar-One Productions on Friday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.

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