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RCC Celebrates African American History Month 2018

DATE: January 26, 2018

RAMAPO – Celebrate African American History Month at Rockland Community College! RCC will host a series of events that will entertain, inspire and educate. All events, except for the Black Achievement Awards, are free and open to the public.

Savor a taste of Senegalese cuisine and meet a noted author whose new book details black activism in the 1960s. Enjoy live performances, featuring the variety of African-inspired dance and the creativity of slam poetry. Attend a panel discussion on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a half-century after his death.

RCC’s African American History Month celebration also includes a pair of on-campus exhibits. For further information on any of the events, contact Erica Santelmo,

Month-long exhibits:

I Dream a World

Student artwork response to Langston Hughes’ inspirational poem, “I Dream A World.”

50th Anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre

Library, Display Cases (2nd floor)
A graphic display detailing a 1968 civil rights protest against a segregated bowling alley in South Carolina and the massacre that followed.


Black Achievement Awards Ceremony

By invitation only
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 (Snow date 2/14)
Thursday, February 8, 2018 (Snow date 2/15)
7:00 pm  •  Cultural Arts Theater
Celebrating and honoring local children of color who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in academic success, community service, artistic expression, athletic ability, leadership, or personal triumph and success.

A Taste of Senegal: Cooking with Chef Cisse

Thursday, February 22, 2018
10:00 am - noon  •  Faculty Staff Dining Room
Chef Cisse, restaurateur and expert of Senegalese cuisine, presents a cooking demonstration and food tasting of his favorite Halal chicken dishes along with an interview. Please join us at this tasty event.

Book Talk: Radical Intellect: Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s

Thursday, February 22, 2018 (Snow date 2/27)
1:30 – 2:45 pm & 3:00 – 4:15 pm 
Technology Center, Ellipse
Dr. Christopher Tinson, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History at Hampshire College, will lecture and discuss his book. Reception and book signing to follow in Room 8349 of the Technology Center.

Martin Luther King Jr. Retrospective Panel

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (Snow date 3/2)
11:00 am - 12:15 pm  •  Technology Center, Ellipse
2018 marks the 50-year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Local civil rights activists, including Willie Trottman, join an RCC panel to reflect on MLK’s life and legacy and how his words and vision resonate today.

The Legacy of Rhythm: Exploring the African Diaspora through Dance with the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (Snow date 3/7)
7:00 pm  •  Cultural Arts Theater
This award-winning company blends traditional West African dance with contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, and martial arts. Explore themes of the African Diaspora through dance, music, drumming, storytelling and the spoken word. Presented by the African-American Historical Society of Rockland County, the African-American History Month Committee of RCC and the Town of Ramapo.

Sister Cypher! Open Mic Poetry

Thursday, March 1, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 pm  •  Student Union, Room 3214
Hosted by nationally renowned slam poet Dominique Christina who will also be available to sign copies of her book, along with celebrated Muslim poet Aliyah Hakim-El. To be a participant, contact Dr. Shamika Mitchell at A bridge event with Women’s History Month.

Film: Body and Soul: An American Bridge

Thursday, March 15, 2018
12:30 – 1:30 pm  •  Technology Center, Ellipse
Documentary exploring the relationship between African Americans and Jews during the Jazz Age. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Heritage Committee. Courtesy of the JCC Film Festival.