West Windsor, N.J. – Black History Month is off to a rousing start at Mercer County Community College. A packed house enjoyed international cuisine yesterday in the West Windsor campus cafeteria and a stirring address by Adjunct Professor Michael Fisher wowed the crowd at the Opening Ceremonies on Feb. 3.
Master of Ceremonies Lucia Brown-Joseph welcomed students, staff and faculty and encouraged the audience to embrace this month. “Black History Month honors historic Black leaders, creates awareness for all people, and helps us be better stewards of the rights we have gained. It reminds us that Black history is part of American history and belongs to all of us. It draws people of every race into the grand and diverse story of this nation,” Brown-Joseph said.
That was a theme reinforced by Fisher, who teaches English and Philosophy at Mercer, and also serves as a mentor for students. “We cannot sit idly by in our little world and not be concerned about others," Fisher said. "We are all one. It’s not just about one people; it’s about all people.”
Fisher added that the Civil War and the civil rights movement of the 1960s set the stage for the advancement of human rights for other oppressed groups.
He emphasized that students should expect a lot from themselves and from life. "Live a life so they cannot forget you. And pass the torch while you do it,” Fisher intoned. By the end of his remarks, he had students on their feet, clapping and cheering.
MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue also addressed the group, urging students to make the most of their time at Mercer. “As you move forward with your college and career goals, plan for that success here at Mercer. We are here to help you take the next steps.”
Black History Month events continue this Saturday, Feb. 7 with “Gospel Fest” at Kelsey Theatre from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Local churches and youth groups will join for an intergenerational celebration of gospel music. Participants include groups from Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Hightstown and Beauty Grove Primitive Baptist Church in Trenton.
The full events schedule is available here.
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