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African American History Month

African American History Month 2018

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.

For information, contact:
Erica Santelmo,

Downloadable Events Flyer (PDF)
College Committee
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February - March 2018


I Dream a World

Student artwork response to Langston Hughes’ 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 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 - CANCELLED

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 Dr. Shamika Mitchell and Prof. Wendy Gordon at this tasty

Co-sponsored by the Muslim Student Association, Black Student Union, Hospitality
Department, Center for Muslim Life, and Elements of Style.

Book: 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.

Sponsored by the SGA

I Dream A World Animations

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (Snow date 3/2)
Noon - 12:15pm  •  Technology Center, Ellipse Gallery

Premiere of animations by RCC students

Martin Luther King Jr. Retrospective Panel

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (Snow date 3/2)
Noon - 1:15 pm  •  Technology Center, Ellipse

2018 marks the 50-year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Local civil rights activists, including Willie Trotman, join RCC panel to reflect on MLK’s life and legacy including 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.

A bridge event with Women’s History Month. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union, the Center for Muslim Life, the Muslim Student Association, and Elements of Style.

To be a participant, contact Dr. Shamika Mitchell at

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.

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