West Windsor/Trenton, N.J. – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will celebrate Black History Month in February with a full slate of events at its West Windsor and Trenton campuses. Students, faculty and staff will join together for films, lectures and theatrical performances in a month-long observance. All events are open to the public; most are presented free.
With the theme “Passing the Torch,” the month-long festivities kick off with Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday, Feb. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. on the West Windsor campus. Adjunct Professor of English Michael Fisher, who serves as a student mentor at the college, will present opening remarks, emphasizing the responsibilities of students as they pursue their higher education goals. Praise dancer Saygbay Govergo will also be featured. Guests will enjoy international cuisine from Hot on the Spot in Trenton. (Note: This event is open to students, staff and faculty.)
Also on February 3, the college hosts “Think Pink – Breast Cancer Awareness Night” from 5 to 7 p.m., in conjunction with women’s and men’s basketball games versus Morris County College. Sponsored by the American Association for Women in Community Colleges and the MCCC Athletic Department, fans are invited to support MCCC basketball and the Breast Cancer Resource Center, YWCA-Princeton, which will have an information table in the gym lobby. A special ceremony will take place in the gymnasium between games. Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for senior citizens, with proceeds to be donated to BCRC. (MCCC students and children under 12 are free.)
Free for the community on Saturday, Feb. 7, the college will host a “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. Other performers include the Diva Dolls step team, a male mime troupe and a female praise dance group.
The college will host “Showtime at Mercer,” with open auditions to be held Monday, Feb. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Kerney Hall at the Trenton Campus (KC229) and another on Thursday, Feb. 12 from noon to 1:25 p.m. at the West Windsor Campus. Students and community members will have a chance to showcase their talents as singers, dancers, musicians, spoken word artists and more. The finalists will perform on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. in Kelsey Theatre. Performers are asked to arrive early to sign in and to bring their own music. (An AV system will be available, including a microphone and CD player.)
On Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Trenton Campus will host a “Medicare Enrollment Session.” Representatives will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the governmental insurance program for people age 65 and older and younger people with disabilities. The session takes place in the Student Commons.
Up next is the “Black Men’s Solution Summit” on Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Trenton Campus’s Kerney Hall. The conversation will focus on the roles and responsibilities of today’s black men individually and in the family. It is hosted by the Trenton Campus’s Student Activities Board and advisor Terrence Carter. Members of the community are welcome.
Also at the Trenton Campus for students and the public is “African American Authors” on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. The presentation will feature several local authors and will be moderated by Corvena Francis-Denton, MCCC’s Associate Director of Educational Programs, Adult Education. It takes place in Kerney Hall.
MCCC’s Youth College students, ages 12 to 18, will be featured in a “Variety Show” on Saturday, Feb. 21 from noon to 3 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre. The show is co-hosted by the Trenton Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Tickets are $5. Proceeds will be donated to the sorority’s scholarship program for deserving MCCC students.
The celebration concludes with several events at the end of the month. Closing Ceremonies will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Trenton Campus's Center City Café from noon to 2 p.m. Later in the day “Sankofa,” a 1993 historical film by Haile Gerima Mypheduh Films, Inc., will be shown in Kerney Hall from 5 to 7 p.m. It’s movie night again on Friday, Feb. 27, with the showing of “Dear White People” in Kerney Hall, starting at 7 p.m.
For more information and directions to MCCC’s campuses, visit www.mccc.edu.