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MCC Celebrates Black History Month

MCC will celebrate Black History Month in February with an array of programs, lectures, trips and films. Most are free and open to the public.

The month kicks off with author Byron Motley, who will discuss African-American baseball before Jackie Robinson cracked the color barrier in 1947. Mr. Motley's father umpired in the Negro Leagues and the two of them wrote a book on the subject. Bryon Motley will offer an insightful, amusing, moving, educational and entertaining program. It will be Monday, February 3 at 11 a.m. in the College Center Cafeteria C.

A musical performance, called "Of Ebony Embers – Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance," will be held Wednesday, February 5 at 11 a.m., College Center, Main Lounge. It examines the lives of renowned African-American poets Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay as seen through the eyes of the great muralist and painter Aaron Douglas.

Inspirational speaker Traciana Graves will talk on legendary African-Americans such as Josephine Baker, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Harry Belafonte, Maya Angelou and Sojourner Truth. It is scheduled for Monday, February 10 at 11 a.m. in the College Center Corral Restaurant.

A lecture on the history of the Tuskegee Airmen by Eugene Richardson (a Tuskegee Airman) will be Wednesday, February 12 at 11 a.m. in the College Center Corral Restaurant.

An exhibit and lecture, "African American Freedom Fighters and the Underground Railroad," will be held by Viola Sanders on Wednesday, February 19. Exhibit: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; lecture: Noon, College Center, Main Lounge.

Van Moody, an author, motivational speaker and relationship expert, will lecture on the historical relationship between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. It will be Monday, February 24 at 11 a.m. in the College Center Corral.

There will be a musical performance by Valerie Adams and the Dimensions on Tuesday, February 25 at 11 a.m., College Center, Main Lounge.

View a complete list of all Black History Month activities.