MCCC Plans Multiple Events for Black History Month


West Windsor, N.J. - "Transforming the Future through the Power of Education" is the month-long theme for Mercer County Community College's observation of Black History Month. Kicking off the events and addressing the theme on Monday, Feb. 1 will be Trenton community activist, Rev. Kathleen Smallwood-Johnson, Esq., and MCCC Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Guy Generals. The event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the college's James Kerney Campus (JKC), 102 North Broad Street, Trenton.

Trenton Central High School's band will perform.

Month-long activities are sponsored by the college's African American Student Organization (AASO), the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), and the Student Government Association (SGA). According to Lucia Brown-Joseph, coordinator of MCCC's Black History Month activities and the college's bursar, the observances are designed to teach and encourage students. "Mercer's mission is all about empowering students to seize educational opportunities and succeed," she said. "We want to teach them about the many known and unsung heroes who have made countless sacrifices to enhance the quality of education for the betterment of future generations."

Activities are free unless indicated. Other public events during February include:

  • An intergenerational conversation on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at noon in Room CM 110 on the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Trenton community leaders will talk about their personal experiences and give insights on the impact of changes in the educational system. Panelists will include Dr. Jeannette Purdy, coordinator/supervisor for Mercer County Vocational School of Performing Arts; Ernest Williams, former Trenton Chief of Police; James Floyd, former Princeton committeeman, former mayor of Princeton Township and an MCCC Foundation Board member; W. Ruth Rosser, a Mercer County Commissioner and MCCC Foundation Board member; Rebecca Mitchell, former director of the Division of Community Development in Trenton; and Walter Daniels, East Windsor Township Council member.
  • Performance by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble on Wed. Feb. 3, 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., Kelsey Theatre on the MCCC West Windsor Campus. This one hour performance is appropriate for all ages.
  • An Open Mike Night on Friday, Feb. 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the James Kerney Campus Café. For information call (609) 570-3166.
  • A Valentine's Day black-tie affair on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Conference Center on the West Windsor Campus. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at MCCC's Bursar's Office or by calling (609) 570-3404.
  • An interactive presentation of the opera "Carmen" performed by the Latin Opera Soaps Production Co. on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre on the West Windsor Campus. The event is free; donations are welcome. Tickets are available in MCCC's Bursar Office or by calling (609) 570-3404.
  • A Poetry Contest on Thursday, Feb. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. at Kerney Hall, James Kerney Campus. Topics will include education, change and the economy.
  • A Jazz Café featuring Bar-One Productions on Friday, Feb. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the James Kerney Campus Café. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at MCCC's Bursar Office or by calling (609) 570-3404.
  • A presentation by Sa Mut A. Scott, owner of Magical Mother Women's Coaching and Empowerment Services, and a spiritual life coach, at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 104 on the West Windsor Campus. Scott is the author of the Mastering A Joyful Life book series.
  • Festivities will conclude on Friday, Feb. 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m with an African American Heritage Luncheon featuring East Windsor Township Council Member Walter Daniels and MCCC Vice President Guy Generals at the Student Center, West Windsor Campus. The luncheon will be prepared by MCCC culinary students. Tickets are $3 for students; $5 for faculty, staff and the public. For more information, call (609) 570-3404 or (609) 570-3166.

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