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Black History Month Kicks Off to Beat of African Drummers


West Windsor, N.J. – An African drumming trio led by Mercer County Community College (MCCC) alumnus Tim Robinson provided a spirited kick-off to the college's Black History Month observance on Feb. 2.

Students and staff joined together to enjoy Caribbean cuisine in the West Windsor Campus cafeteria and reflect on the history and contributions of the African American community.

The host for the opening ceremony was Lucia Brown-Joseph, advisor to the African American Student Organization. In her remarks, Brown-Joseph noted that Black History Month provides a reminder to MCCC students and to all Americans of the Black community's rich history and cultural contributions. "Black history is part of America's history," she said.

Also participating in the ceremony were President Jianping Wang and Vice President for Finance and Administration Mark Harris, both are whom are participating in their first Black History Month celebration at MCCC.

Both leaders emphasized that MCCC students are on the path for success at a college that is ready to assist them. Noting that she was born in China, Dr. Wang recalled that her childhood aspiration was to be a teacher. With great determination, she set about to achieve that goal until she realized that administation is where positive change gets accomplished. Today she is a proud college president.

"You are in the right place to achieve your American dream," Dr. Wang told the students. "When you wake up every morning, ask yourself, 'What am I going to do today to get closer to achieving my dream?' And remember, we are here to help you."

More events for both students and members of the community will be held throughout the month. See the full schedule here.

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Alumnus Tim Robinson, center, led a trio of drummers who provided a rhythmic backdrop to the opening ceremony.
Guests enjoyed Caribbean-themed dishes served by members of the Admissions and Enrollment staff.
Singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing," the Negro National Anthem, is MCCC alumna and Kerney Campus staff member Ronnie Werner, left. She is pictured with Lucia Brown-Joseph.