Estrella Mountain Community College offers free events to celebrate Black History Month
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EMCC offers free events to celebrate Black History Month

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Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) will recognize Black History Month (BHM) throughout February with events that celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and the importance of civil rights in America.

All events are free and open to the public. EMCC is located at 3000 North Dysart Road in Avondale.

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Feb. 1 – 28
Art Exhibit: Artist Kris Rhymes

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Artist Kris Rhymes photographed in downtown Phoenix By Nicki Escudero for Phoenix People.

Campus hours
Estrella Hall and Komatke Hall Galleries

Rhymes’ quest for creating thought-provoking art through imagination inspired him to create new work that is beautiful and appetizing to the eye. Painting with chocolate syrup as his main medium, Rhymes’ work ignites discussion.

Artist reception on Feb. 13, 5:30 p.m., in the Plaza Gallery, as part of the Community Celebration.

Saturday, Feb. 13
Annual Community Celebration
Dedicated to the memory of Dr. Bryan Tippett
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ceremonial Plaza and Image Zone

A day filled with learning, cultural experiences, exhibits, music, art and food. All-day music entertainment include gospel, hip-hop, rap, jazz, Motown sound, with special guest performers Aaron Nelson Project, 8919 Productions, Candice Chavez and Danajah Jones. Fair goers will enjoy cultural foods. Kids fun area provided. Event presented by the Southwest Black History Committee and EMCC International Education. More information at 623-935-8827.

Tuesday, Feb. 16
Presentation:  “What to do when stopped by the police?”
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Estrella Hall, Room 121 North

Guest panel includes Phoenix Police Lt. Barbara Alexander, retired Phoenix Police Cmdr. Chris Crocket, AZ DPS Director Frank Milstead, Peoria PD Chief Roy Minter, and Miami PD Lt. Spencer Preston. Audience Q&A after a brief introduction by each of the panelists.

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Wednesday, Feb. 17
MLK Luncheon
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Estrella Conference Center

Keynote Speaker, Bishop Harvey Young, Sr., Church of God in Christ, Arizona Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Prelate. Free lunch, limited seating. RSVP recommended to EMCC Student Life at 623-935-8807 or
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Thursday, Feb. 18
Workshop:  My Hair is Beautiful
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Plaza Gallery

Guest presenters Tracy Sanders, an attorney and adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School in L.A., CA, and Arlette Pender, entrepreneur and owner of Hairloks in Scottsdale, will share their “natural hair journey” in a two-part workshop. Part 1: Natural hair for African American professionals and the law; Part 2: How to get started or restarted with natural hair styling and care.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 23 & 24
Theatrical Presentation:  “House of Mirrors”
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Estrella Performing Arts Center
The event is a semi-staged reading of an original family-friendly stage play about a young successful African–American woman’s return to a household of eccentric women with a houseful of secrets and with a secret of her own.

Wednesday, Feb. 24
Black History Conference
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The conference presents various aspects of Black History and new perspectives through a series of guest speakers, performers and lunch Keynote address. RSVP recommended by Feb 23 to or 623-985-8897.

* 9:00 a.m., Plaza Gallery – Dr. Frederick Gooding, AZ Humanities: “The Secret Ingredient to the Civil Rights Movement”
10:00 a.m., Plaza Gallery – Alexander Andrews, EMCC Faculty: “African American Portrayals in Film”
* 11:00 a.m., Performing Arts CenterKawambe-Omowale Drum & Dance Theatre
* 12:00 p.m., Estrella Conference Center – Lunch Presentation: “Celebrating Black History,” Dr.  Tamika Lamb-Sanders, AZ Humanities

Estrella Mountain is one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges, one of the largest community college districts in the nation.  EMCC offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 14,000 students annually. The flagship campus is located on Thomas and Dysart Roads in Avondale and is home to the SouthWest Skill Center. The satellite campus, EMCC Buckeye, is located in downtown Buckeye, AZ.