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MCCC Students, Faculty to Observe Black History Month with Full Schedule of Special Events

1/31/14


West Windsor/Trenton, N.J. -- A full slate of events is on the calendar in February to celebrate Black History Month at both campuses of Mercer County Community College.  Students, faculty and staff will join together for films, lectures and theatrical performances in the month-long observance.  All events are open to the public; most are presented free.

One of the highlights will be the showing of the six-part PBS series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. Episode one, "The Black Atlantic (1500-1800)," will be shown Feb. 3; the concluding episode, A More Perfect Union (1968-2013),” will be shown on March 10. (See dates and times below.)

Organizers of Black History Month events, from left: MCCC staff members Brian Cody and Lucia Brown-Joseph, Michael Goodman (Trenton Central High School PTA), MCCC Executive Dean Diane Campbell, Monique Richardson, faculty member Alvyn Haywood, Tonia Harrison, Terrence Carter, President Patricia C. Donohue, Vice President Guy Generals, Stacy Denton, Juan Martinez (TCHS PTA), Drew Daddio, Jose Fernandez and Trenton Provost Monica Weaver.

Black History Month events include:

  • Feb. 1, 2 p.m.: “Dance and Drum Performance” by the Zawadi School of African Dance, Kelsey Theatre (West Windsor Campus).

  • Feb. 6, 5 p.m.: “Think Pink – Breast Cancer Awareness Night,” held in conjunction with women’s and men’s basketball games versus Burlington County College.  Sponsored by the American Association for Women in Community Colleges and the MCCC Athletic Department, MCCC gymnasium, West Windsor Campus. Game tickets: Adult, $3; senior citizens, $1; MCCC students and children under 12 free.  Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center, YWCA-Princeton.

  • Feb. 7-9: “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black,” the writings and reflections of playwright Lorraine Vivian Hansberry, presented by MCCC Theatre and Entertainment Technology Programs at Kerney Hall (Trenton Campus). Performance times: Feb. 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Ticket information is available at 609-570-3333.

  • Feb. 10, 12 to 1:25 p.m.: Black History Month Opening Ceremony, including the showing of the first installment in the six-part PBS series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, Episode 1 – The Black Atlantic (1500-1800),” Student Center, Room 104 (West Windsor Campus) and Kerney Hall (Trenton Campus).  Discussion led Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Guy Generals.
    NOTE: THIS SERIES WILL BE SHOWN ON BOTH CAMPUSES.

  • Feb. 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – “Fireside Chat About Booker T. Washington with Author Guy Generals,” Kerney Hall (Trenton Campus).

  • February 17, 12 to 1:25 p.m.: Showing of “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, Episode 2 – The Age of Slavery (1800-1860),” in Student Center, Room 104 (West Windsor Campus) and Kerney Hall (Trenton Campus).

  • Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.: “Do the Right Thing” by Spike Lee, Kerney Hall (Trenton Campus).

  • Feb. 20, 12 to 1:25 p.m.: Showing of “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” Episode 3 – Into the Fire (1861-1896),” Communications Building, Room 107 (West Windsor Campus) and Kerney Hall (Trenton Campus).

  • Feb. 20, 6 to 8 p.m.: MCCC Presents “Black Male Authors,” Kerney Hall (Trenton Campus).

  • Feb. 21, 7 to 10 p.m.: “Tribute to Dance” at the Center City Café (Trenton Campus).

  • Feb. 23, 6 to 8:30 p.m.: Youth College Presents "Dancing, Dreaming, Believing,” Kelsey Theatre (West Windsor Campus). Presented by MCCC and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Trenton Alumnae Chapter.

  • Feb. 24, 12 to 1:25 p.m.: Showing of “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” Episode Four – Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940),” Student Center, Room 104 (West Windsor Campus) and Kerney Hall (Trenton Campus).

  • Feb. 27, 12 to 2 p.m.: Closing Ceremony and Luncheon, West Windsor Campus Cafeteria.

  • Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.: Encore performance of "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," Studio Theatre (West Windsor Campus).
Additional Events in the March:
  • March 1, 2:30 to 6 p.m.: “Gospel Fest 2014,” Kelsey Theatre (West Windsor Campus).

  • March 3, 12 to 1:25 p.m.: Showing of “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, Episode Five – “The Road to Civil Rights (1940-1968)” Student Center, Room 104 (West Windsor Campus) and Kerney Hall (Trenton Campus).

  • March 10, 12 to 1:25 p.m.: Showing of “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, Episode Six – A More Perfect Union (1968-2013).” Discussion led by Associate Professor of Communications Alvyn Haywood, Student Center, Room 104 (West Windsor Campus) and Kerney Hall (Trenton Campus).

For directions to MCCC’s campuses, visit here for the West Windsor Campus and here for the Trenton Campus. For more information about Black History Month events, call 609-570-3160.

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