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African American History Month Events at RCC

African American History Month Events at RCC
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted

Ramapo- February, selected to include the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, is African American History Month. This year’s national theme for African American History Month is the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. At Rockland Community College, this year’s events include:

 

January 14 - March 1
Technology Center, Rotunda
Striving to Live with Dignity: Photography of the African Diaspora
A photographic journey of the African Diaspora that documents Black people in a variety of situations: coping with uncertainty, celebrating joy, and struggling to live a dignified life in difficult circumstances.
Photographs by Campus Photographer Collette V. Fournier, captions by Dr. David Lucander.

Tuesday, February 5
11:00 am -12:15 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse
Remembering the March on Washington: A Quinquennial Celebration
Lecture by Dr. David Lucander.

Tuesday, February 5
7-9 pm
Cultural Arts Theater
Black Achievement Awards – first night (by invitation only)
To celebrate and honor 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.
Contacts: Allegrah Abrahams 845-574-4596 and Brian Merritt 845-786-2413
(snow date February 12)

Tuesday, February 6
7:00-9:00 pm
Cultural Arts Theater
Black Achievement Awards - second night (by invitation only)
To celebrate and honor 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.
Contacts: Allegrah Abrahams 845-574-4596 and Brian Merritt 845-786-2413
(snow date – February 13)

Tuesday, February 12
11:00 am -1:00 pm

Technology Center, Ellipse
“In Whose Imagination? Multiculturalism, Race and Diversity in Comic Books.”
A panel discussion with comic book artists and graphic novelists on the topic of diversity in the publishing industry. Book signing and sale to follow.

Wednesday, February 13
12:30-1:45 pm
Student Union, Room 3214
A panel discussion of Michelle Alexander’s novel, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Participants include members of the Rockland Coalition to End Jim Crow and RCC’s Criminal Justice faculty.

Wednesday, February 13
2:00-3:00 pm
Student Union, Room 3214
Rhonney Grant, RCC Assistant Professor, English Skills, discusses the life and activism of author John O. Killens, who wrote And Then We Heard Thunder, a book about the experience of black soldiers in the military.

Thursday, February 14 
12:30-1:30 pm
Student Union, Room 3114
 “Black Is Beautiful, Hip-Hop, and the Age of Obama,” lecture presented by Dr. Weldon McWilliams IV.

Tuesday, February 19
1:30-2:45 pm

Technology Center, Ellipse
Book Discussion with Dr. Kimberley Phillips, Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, (CUNY, Brooklyn), about her book, War! What Is It Good For?: Black Freedom Struggles & the U.S. Military from World War II to Iraq.

A reception, book signing, and small group discussion with the author will follow in the Reading & Writing Center - Room 8349 from 3-4:15 pm.
(snow date February 21)


Tuesday, February 26
Cultural Arts Theater
The Vote in America: Struggle, Challenge and Change
10:00 am- Noon (by invitation only)
7:00-9:30 pm – Open to the public

A presentation about the importance and power of having voting rights, the struggle for African Americans to gain them and the many challenges in fully exercising them. The multimedia presentation includes music, dance, video and iconic photos, with commentary by key figures of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
(In collaboration with the African American Historical Society of Rockland, and the RCC Performing Arts Department).

(snow date – February 28)

Monday, March 4
6:30-8:30 pm

Technology Center, Ellipse
Open Forum: Re/Discovering Florence Beatrice Price.
Considered a pioneer African-American symphonic composer, Florence Beatrice Price was sound-waves ahead of her time. Noted composer and first woman awarded a doctorate in orchestral conducting from Juilliard, Victoria Bond of the New York Philharmonic, will discuss and play selections of Price’s music along with Dr. Shamika Mitchell of RCC.
(A bridge event with the Women’s History Month Committee).


Tuesday, March 5
Cultural Arts Theater
4:00-5:00 pm (by invitation only)
Lecture demo by renowned jazz tenor saxophonist and musical producer Houston Person.

7:00-8:30 pm – Open to the public
Jazz Concert featuring the Houston Person Quartet.

Person was born in 1934 and received the Eubie Blake Jazz Award in 1982. His music covers a broad range of jazz genres including hard bop and swing, but he is most widely associated with soul jazz. Known for an expressive style and a distinctive sassy sound, Person has over 70 albums in his discography and has worked with many legends of jazz - musicians including Charles Brown, Bill Charlap, Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Lou Rawls, Horace Silver, Dakota Staton, Billy Butler, Richard "Groove" Holmes and others.

 

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