Middlesex County College Celebrates Black History Month
An array of events, including a lecture on baseball, cooking demonstrations, and an exhibit of photos of jazz icons, will be featured during February as Middlesex County College celebrates Black History Month. Other than the cooking program and the trip to Harlem, all are free and open to the public.
"Join us as we celebrate Black History Month at MCC," said Marla Brinson, dean of enrollment and student support services. "This is a monumental year because it is the anniversary of so many events in the history of Civil Rights and milestone birthdays of important people in the movement."
This year is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks, and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have Dream" speech.
February 1-28, College Center Gallery
Monday, February 4, 11 a.m., College Center Gallery
"He is a man who knows how to give back to the community," Dean Brinson said. "He talks the talk and walks the walk. He is both warm and inspirational."
Saturday, February 16
Tuesday, February 19, 11 a.m., College Center Lobby
Thursday, February 21, 5-7 p.m., College Center Gallery
"The reception was overwhelming," Dean Brinson said. "Larry is perhaps the nation's foremost expert on the Black baseball leagues so we asked him to return."
Dr. Hogan will speak on "The House that Ruth Built and Pop Opened! Negro League Baseball and Yankee Stadium." It will include a discussion, accompanied by video and exhibit material of the history of Negro League baseball from 1930 through 1948 at America's most historic ballpark, Yankee Stadium. It will focus on the historic opening of the Stadium to Negro League play on July 5, 1930, for a doubleheader that is arguably the most significant game ever played at the fabled Yankee Stadium.
Monday, February 25, 11 a.m., College Center
In addition, the College's Professional and Community Programs division will dedicate four of its cooking classes to African-American food. "Today's Table: Classes for Contemporary Cooks" is a series of cooking classes held in the demonstration kitchen in Crabiel Hall. The chef makes the food, describing all the steps, while the audience watches and learns. They also receive copies of the recipes as well as a sample of the food. It is usually very educational and entertaining. Because 2013 is filled with milestone anniversaries of events and birthdays of key people involved in the Civil Rights Movement, this year, four of the classes will be dedicated to African-American food. Three of the four classes will include commentary by Fannie Gordon, director of the College's Educational Opportunity Fund. She will talk about the origin of African-American cooking as it relates to the evening's menu. A local chef will demonstrate how to prepare the meal and everyone will get a chance to taste it.
Lynn Lederer, director of Professional and Community Programs at the College, said "African-American food was born out of necessity and continues today as a symbol of love and as a cultural reminder of the past. During the slave era, survival depended on the creativity of cooks who prepared food with the meager ingredients available to them. That legacy of making something from nothing continues today as contemporary African-American cooks take inspiration from those early recipes. The same ingredients – spices from Africa, okra, corn, sweet potatoes, grains, pork, chicken and lots of greens – are part of today's African-American cuisine."
Participants may register a la carte at $30 for each class or choose any three for $75. The savings are available to anyone who registers with payment for the three classes at the same time.
For more information visit www.middlesexcc.edu/profcom; to register please call 732-906-2556.
Emancipation Proclamation Breakfast Cake
African-American Cooking: A Bit of Food and a Bit of History
Desserts: African-American Style
Soul Kitchen's Terrence Stewart