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Events for RCC African American History Month

Events for RCC African American History Month

1. Harlem Renaissance 2. Camille Branton 3. Book cover: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks 4. Jeanne Theoharis (photo credit Tom Martinez)


DATE: January 14, 2014

CONTACT: Maralin Roffino



Events for RCC African American History Month
most events open to the public – all are free

Ramapo- Rockland Community College’s annual celebration of African American history begins with an archival photo exhibit of the Harlem Renaissance which opens January 27, located on the second floor of the Technology Center. On February 25, A Glimpse of the Harlem Renaissance (snow date March 5) will be presented in RCC’s Cultural Arts Theater. Registered school groups attend a matinee performance and the community is invited to attend the 7:00 program. Re-creating the look and feel of the jazz age in Harlem, the program highlights the abundant energy and creativity of African American people during this era, and their contributions to dance, music, literature, philosophy, and art that inspired artists and thinkers around the world, signaling a pivotal time in American history.


On February 4 & 5, the keynote speaker for the annual Black Achievement Awards (by invitation only) will be a young woman of exceptional accomplishment, Camille Branton. She has appeared in theater, film, commercials and print ads and is currently studying dance at the renowned Alvin Ailey School. She has a BA in Visual Arts from Fordham University, an AAS in fashion design from Parsons, and is an accomplished graphics artists as well as performer. This annual awards program honors local children of color with outstanding accomplishments in academic success, community service, artistic expression, athletic ability, leadership, or personal triumph and success.

2014 RCC Calendar of African American History Events


January 27-February 28, 2014

Technology Center – 2nd floor gallery

Photography Exhibit

Black and white photo exhibit depicting the people, the styles and times of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.


February 4, 2014

11:00 am-12:15 pm

Technology Center - Ellipse

Kickoff Event Lecture by Dr. David Lucander

Charles Hamilton Huston, Thurgood Marshall and the Struggle for Educational Opportunity

Snow Date Feb. 6 (AC I, Room 1106)


February 4 & 5, 2014

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Cultural Arts Theater

Black Achievement Awards 2014
Snow dates Feb 11 & 12

By invitation

Celebrating and honoring local children of color who have achieved outstanding accomplishment in the categories of academic success, community service, artistic expression, athletic ability, leadership, or personal triumph and success.


February 11, 2014

Pizza and a Movie
11:00 am - 1:15 pm

AC I, Room 1221

Documentary PBS film More Than a Month for selected classes by invitation. Coordinated among Profs. David Lucander, Shamika Mitchell, and Rhonney Grant. Refreshments provided for students.


February 18, 2014

11:00 am -2:00 pm

Technology Center - Ellipse

Film screening of Paris is Burning. Guest speaker Vershawn London will share his experience with ballroom culture. Sponsored by the Rockland Community College Black Student Union, Fashion Club and Gay Straight Alliance.


February 20, 2014

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Technology Center (Room 8322 - CETL)
Last Good Book I Read - Beyond Stock Stories and Folktales: African Americans Path to STEM Fields by Henry Frierson and William Tate.  Book presentation by Prof. Ngozi Onyia. Light refreshments provided.


February 20, 2014

2:30 pm-4:30 pm

Technology Center - Ellipse
Lecture - Dr. Travis E. Jackson

Dr. Jackson, an educator and civil rights activist, attended the racially segregated Hillburn Brook School in Ramapo during the 1940s. Thurgood Marshall, general counsel of the NAACP at that time, took up a disparity case on behalf of Hillburn’s black residents. He won the case, leading directly to the integration of Hillburn’s schools. In 1954, Marshall litigated and won the landmark Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education which declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional, and the Hillburn case served as precedent. Marshall went on to become the first African American Supreme Court Justice, appointed in 1967. Sponsored by the Holocaust Museum & Study Center


February 25, 2014

10:00 am & 7:00 pm

Cultural Arts Theater
Snow Date March 5

A Glimpse of the Harlem Renaissance
Snow Date March 5

The African American Historical Society of Rockland County, in partnership with Rockland Community College’s Performing Arts and African American History Month Committee, is pleased to present A GLIMPSE OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE. This program creates the look and feel of the Harlem Renaissance, focusing on the fascinating 1920s. The enormous productivity and creativity of African Americans in dance, music, literature, philosophy, and art during this era inspired the artists and thinkers who came after them and signaled a pivotal time in American history. Performances for registered school groups at 10:00 am. Evening performance at 7:00 for the community-at-large.

March 13, 2014

1:30 - 2:45 pm Lecture in Ellipse

3:00 – 4:15 pm Reception in Technology Center (Room 8349)
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
A lecture and discussion by the book’s author, Jeanne Theoharis. The book presents the life of civil rights activist Rosa Parks. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her arrest unified the civil rights movement in its struggle to end the Jim Crow laws which at that time sanctioned segregation in transportation and other public facilities.






Photo Captions and Credits:

1. Harlem Renaissance (guests at breakfast party for Langston Hughes hosted by Regina Anderson (Andrews) and Ethel Ray at 580 St. Nicholas Avenue, Harlem (May 1925). Back row, left to right: Ethel Ray (Nance), Langston Hughes, Helen Lanning, Pearl Fisher, Rudolf Fisher, Luella Tucker, Clarissa Scott, Hubert Delany. Front row, left to right: Regina Anderson (Andrews), Esther Popel, Jessie Fauset, Marie Johnson and E. Franklin Frazier. Photo credit: IMAGE ID: PSNYPL_SCG_174)

2. Camille Branton

3. Book cover: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

4. Jeanne Theoharis (photo credit Tom Martinez)

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