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Black History Month Draw
s to a Close with Dance and Celebration


West Windsor, N.J.  -- Mercer County Community College's observance of Black History Month in February drew to a close with a celebratory luncheon on Feb. 28. 

Addressing the crowd in the Student Center cafeteria on the West Windsor campus, MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue encouraged students to continue to strive for success at Mercer and beyond.  “Give yourself what you need to learn, grow and lead,” she said. “Engage in your community and create a network of connections.  Now it’s your turn to make this a better world.”

Guests enjoyed a dance performance by the Trenton-based troupe Dancespora, co-directed by David and Heidi Austin. The dancers drew inspiration from history in two powerful numbers, entitled “Journey North” and “Expressions,” that recalled the struggles of slavery and the route to freedom via the  Underground Railroad.  Choreography was by Felicia Cruz.

Following a luncheon featuring Caribbean cuisine, Mercer’s own African-American Student Dance Troupe performed several high-energy numbers set to contemporary music. Student dancers included Taylor Pickett-Stokes, Marsha Pierre, and DeHaven Rodgers.

Representatives from the African American Student Organization presented flowers to Club Advisor Lucia Brown-Joseph, who coordinated February’s activities.
Said Brown-Joseph, “I do it because I want students to understand their history.”

The event concluded with remarks by MCCC Vice President for Academic Affairs Guy Generals, who emphasized that students must continue to be informed about current events and stay engaged in the protection of civil rights.

Among other Black History Month events that took place at the West Windsor and Trenton campuses were lectures, musical performances, discussion groups and a Youth College Variety Show that sold out the house at Kelsey Theatre. “GospelFest 2013” was held at Friendship Baptist Church in Trenton.

MCCC dancer Marsha Pierre
strikes a memorable pose



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The Trenton-based Dancespora Dance Troupe

Students and other guests enjoy Caribbean favorites
such as jerk chicken and plantains.

Students Zuleika Dockery, center, and Veronica Werner
present flowers to AASO Advisor Lucia Brown-Joseph,

MCCC student dancers, from left, Taylor Pickett-Stokes,
DeHaven Rodgers and Marsha Pierre