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MCCC to Celebrate Black History Month


West Windsor, N.J. -"Learning is Serving" is the month-long theme for Mercer County Community College's observance of Black History Month. Kicking off the events and addressing the theme on Tuesday, Feb. 1 will be the Rev. Michele Bazin, senior pastor of New Horizon Baptist Church in Groveville, N.J., who will deliver the keynote address, "Using Your Gifts to Help the Community." The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Kerney Hall on the college's James Kerney Campus (JKC), 102 North Broad Street, Trenton. Lunch will be served.

Activities are sponsored by MCCC's African American Student Organization (AASO). Throughout the month, African artifacts will be featured in the Library Building's display case on the second floor at the college's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

According to Lucia Brown-Joseph, coordinator of Mercer's Black History Month programming and the college's bursar, activities are designed to educate and motivate all to make a difference in their community. "Through education, we hope to serve the citizens of our community to improve their quality of life," Brown-Joseph said.

Activities are free unless indicated. Other public events include:

  • A Jazz Café featuring Direction356 and New Perspective jazz bands on Friday, Feb. 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the JKC Center City Café.

  • An Evening of Praise Gospel Explosion on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 8 to 10 p.m. at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor Campus. Donations accepted. MCCC student performers, local gospel choirs and praise dancers will perform.

  • A New Jersey Blood Services community outreach presentation and Blood Drive sign-up followed by a presentation by local genealogist Walter Ritter on Tuesday, Feb. 8 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 104, West Windsor Campus. The Blood Drive will take place on Monday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a blood mobile to be parked by the Security Building.

  • Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Mercer Women’s Basketball Game in the Gymnasium on the West Windsor Campus. A breast cancer awareness talk will take place during halftime. Come out and wear something pink. Admission for adults is $3 and $2 for students and senior citizens. All proceeds from admission will go to the Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC), a program of the YMCA Princeton. The event is sponsored by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges and the Student Government Association.

  • "Writing to Serve Others": Presentations by Trenton-based authors Marie Antionette and Dr. Jack Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 104, West Windsor Campus. Antionette is the author of three books, including "A Girl Named Job (2009, Cauzing Elevation Publishing, LLC). Dr. Washington, a Trenton Central High School history teacher, is author of books documenting the history of Trenton, NJ. Among them are "The Quest for Equality: Trenton's Black Community 1890-1965" (1993, Africa World Press).

  • Open Mike showcasing MCCC talent on Friday, Feb. 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. at JKC's Center City Café.

  • Dr. Guy Generals, vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Eric Watson, assistant professor of English and History, will discuss the views of Dr. W.E.B. Dubois and Dr. Booker T. Washington during an interactive presentation, "W.E.B Du Bois vs. Booker T. Washington: Historical Perspectives," on Monday, Feb. 21 at noon in the Communication Building, CM 108. The presentation will be repeated on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Kerney Hall on the James Kerney Campus. Alvyn Haywood, Professor of Communications, will moderate the discussion and Q and A.

  • Closing Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 24 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center Cafeteria, West Windsor Campus, featuring MCCC Communication Professor Donna Munde, who will deliver the keynote address, "Dedicated to Service: MCCC in Action." Lunch will be served.

  • Masquerade Ball on Friday, Feb. 25 from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Student Center Cafeteria, West Windsor Campus. Tickets are $8 each for students; $10 each for others. Must be dressed in fancy costume and mask.
For more information, call (609) 570-3404.


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