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Maricopa Community Colleges celebrate Black History Month with art exhibits, performances, speakers, and films


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  • Dasi Danzig   |   Maricopa County Community Colleges

Mesa Community College's Red Mountain Campus' S/D Campus Library Is Honored To Host THE CREATIVE MIND, A Traveling Exhibit, February 26 Through March 6, That Celebrates The Contributions Of African Americans To Medicine, Mathematics, Engineering, And All Branches Of Science. It Features The Careers And Achievements Of Some Of Today’s Outstanding Black Scientists, Engineers, Mathematicians, And Medical Professionals And Highlights The Work Of Notable Figures From The Past. Graphic Courtesy The Creative Mind Traveling Exhibit

Updated Feb. 19 with upcoming events. Throughout February, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) will celebrate Black History Month with a month-long series of events ranging from a Black History Mobile Museum with a speech by Professor Griff, a former member of Public Enemy, to African Drumming performances and Dance Theatre. 

“The Maricopa Community Colleges are proud to celebrate the rich histories and extraordinary impact African Americans have made and continue to build on our culture and society,” said Dr. Steven Gonzales, MCCCD Interim Chancellor. “We invite our entire community of students, faculty, staff, and the public to join us as we celebrate Black History Month with a series of events that reflect on the achievements and legacies of African Americans.”

Maricopa Community Colleges celebrate Black History Month with art exhibits, performances, speakers, and films Black-History-Month-HP
Black History Month photo montage courtesy of Maricopa Community College District Top Row from left to right: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Mae Jemison. Bottom row from left to right: Nat King Cole, Rosa Parks, Barack Obama, Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, George Washington Carver

MCCCD highlights the essence of our diverse community, reflecting the people we serve. By providing quality education, the Maricopa Community Colleges build local economies, strengthen families, and sustain a high quality of life in our communities.

We are committed to ensuring all members of the Maricopa community have the opportunity to engage with Black History Month in meaningful ways that provide opportunities for dialogue, and a time to reflect on the lives and contributions of African Americans. Please enjoy a month filled with cultural festivities, prestigious guest speakers, art exhibits, and films.

All events are free and open to the public.

For a full list of events, please visit our website and watch below as Professor Rod Golden shares his experiences at the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Maricopa Community Colleges video: Meet Professor Rod Golden

Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Feb. 1-29, 2020

Guion Bluford Display
Chandler-Gilbert Community College – Williams Campus
Videos created by students exhibiting “We are Black History” will be posted throughout February, with 1-2 videos being posted on Instagram each week.
Follow @chandlergilbertcc on Instagram for more information

Wednesday, February 19

Guest Speaker: Dr. Neal Lester (Project Humanities)
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
AGA 1240-1242 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

February 24 – February 28, 2020

Always in Season Film Screening
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
TBD
Attend a screening of Always in Season, then join the film’s Director, Jacqueline Olive, afterwards for a discussion of the film

Estrella Mountain Community College

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Discussion on Microaggressions
Estrella Mountain Community College
Student Union | 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon
Estrella Mountain Community College
Estrella Conference Center | 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

What to Do When Stopped by Police?
Estrella Mountain Community College
CTL | 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Glendale Community College

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Woke Wednesday
Glendale Community College
Center Mall | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
In honor of African American History Month, Glendale Community College’s Black Student Union presents “Woke Wednesday.”
*Follow @gcc_work on Instagram for more information

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Panel Discussion on Issues Affecting People of Color
Glendale Community College
SU-104E | 1 – 2:30 p.m.
In honor of African American History Month, Glendale Community College’s Black Student Union will be presenting a panel discussion on relevant issues currently affecting people of color.

Mesa Community College

Maricopa Community Colleges celebrate Black History Month with art exhibits, performances, speakers, and films The-creative-mind-panel
Mesa Community College’s Red Mountain campus’ S/D Campus Library is honored to host THE CREATIVE MIND, a traveling exhibit, February 26 through March 6, that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to medicine, mathematics, engineering, and all branches of science. It features the careers and achievements of some of today’s outstanding black scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and medical professionals and highlights the work of notable figures from the past. Graphic Courtesy The Creative Mind traveling exhibit

Wednesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Black History Month Open Mic, sponsored by the Black Student Union
Mesa Community College
Student Lounge | 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Ongoing through February 21, 2020

Creative Minds Display
Mesa Community College
S/D Campus Library; available at the Red Mountain campus from February 26 – March 6
Mesa Community College Library is honored to host THE CREATIVE MIND, a traveling exhibit that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to medicine, mathematics, engineering, and all branches of science. It features the careers and achievements of some of today’s outstanding black scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and medical professionals and highlights the work of notable figures from the past.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Creative Minds Lecture, facilitated by Professor Rod Golden
Mesa Community College
Red Mountain Campus Library | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Black History Month Dinner and Discussion, sponsored by the Black Student Union
Mesa Community College
Navajo Room | 6 – 8 p.m.

Paradise Valley College

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Sharing Our Cultural Wealth
Paradise Valley College
KSC1000B | 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Dr. Jeff McGee will lead this highly interactive workshop, challenging assumptions and inequities, and helping us explore, promote, and empower a culture of assets versus deficits. Join us as we create a community culture map and balance sheet to illustrate and empower us to think creatively and critically. We’ll also build our own equity checklists that we can use in our organizations, as well as articulate and share our values, knowledge, and stories.
*Register for the event here 

Phoenix College

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Black History Month Luncheon
Phoenix College
Willo Room | 11 a.m – 2:00 p.m.

Friday, February 28, 2020

African Diaspora Reunion
Phoenix College
Willo Room | 6:00 p.m. – 10 p.m

South Mountain Community College

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Identity Walk Part I
South Mountain Community College
SMCC Student Union, Room 106 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
SMCC Student Life will be hosting an identity walk workshop to help create a safe space to tell your story and generate conversation about identity.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

American Red Cross Blood Drive
South Mountain Community College
SMCC Student Union, Room 100 | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Blood donors play an important role in sickle cell disease treatment. Blacks and other minority groups have rare blood types that are specific to race or genetic background. The goal of this event is to bring awareness and increase the number of donors from all minority groups. 
*Sign up to donate here: redcrossblood.org, code: SMCC

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

African Dance Lessons
South Mountain Community College
Performing Arts Center (PAC), Room, 728 | 12 – 2 p.m.
Dance has always played a very important role in the lives of Africans. Throughout history, Africans performed dances to celebrate a birth, harvest, or death. Come learn and dance about traditional dances from different African countries.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Hearing and Telling Part II
South Mountain Community College
SMCC Student Union, Room 106 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Join to take control of your own story! Learn to tell your own story, your identity, and your experience with racism using storytelling elements.

For more information about Black History Month events, please contact Dasi Danzig at 480-731-8208 or dasi.danzig@domail.maricopa.edu

About Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving more than 200,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs. MCCCD is ranked No. 19 on the 2018 Forbes list for Best Employers for Women.