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Maricopa County Community Colleges celebrates Black History Month with events


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  • Dasi Danzig   |   Maricopa Community Colleges

Black History Month Photo Collage Courtesy Of Maricopa County Community College District

In celebration of Black History Month, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is hosting in-person and virtual events across many of the Maricopa Community Colleges, exploring topics from anti-racism in the workplace to intersectionality and paying a tribute to Black excellence.

“The Maricopa Community Colleges look forward to every opportunity to recognize Black and African American culture and history with our students, staff, faculty and community members,” said Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, Interim Chancellor. “This Black History Month, we will celebrate with events that honor the Black community through storytelling, film, panel discussions, and coming together virtually and in-person to honor this rich history.”

MCCCD is committed to providing opportunities for continued education to students, staff, faculty, and community members to learn about and celebrate a broad range of identities, including race, ethnicity, culture and heritage.

Below are a sampling of this year’s events, which are all free and open to the public.

Black Hair Magic: Defying Gravity
February 23, 2022
Virtual Event | 7 – 8 p.m.
Chandler Gilbert Community College
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Join Chandler Gilbert Community College for a Q&A event with African American beauticians, barbers, and hair product business owners, featuring Black Student Union student videos of local barbershops, braiders, and beauty shops.
Black History Month Teleparty featuring 13th
February 2, 2022
Virtual Event | 2 – 3:40 p.m.
Glendale Community College
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Join Glendale Community College for a viewing of Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th, which breaks down the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.
Black History Month Living Library
February 23 and 24, 2022
Virtual Events
Mesa Community College
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Join Mesa Community College for a Living Library, which showcases humans as books who engage in conversation with their readers as they tell their stories.
Anti-Racist Tools With Patricia Davis
February 11, 2022
Virtual Event | 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Paradise Valley Community College
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Join Paradise Valley Community College to hear from Patricia Davis, an experienced Human Resources leader in organizational effectiveness, leadership development, race equity, inclusion and change management. This session will focus on becoming aware of the ways in which we unintentionally reinforce structural racism and provide the tools you can use to dismantle racism, whether you are an ally, advocate or accomplice.
Black History Month Events
Throughout February 2022
Virtual and In-Person Events
Phoenix College
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Join Phoenix College for a month-long series of events celebrating Black history.
Breaking the Silence: An Intersection of Blackness and Disability
February 22, 2022
Virtual Event | 3 p.m.
Scottsdale Community College
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Join Scottsdale Community College to hear about Blackness and disability from speakers including Faridah Abdullah, MSW, Disability Resources & Services Manager at Scottsdale Community College, and Dr. Tahirah Abdullah-Swain, Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts.
Black History Month Events
Throughout February 2022
Virtual and In-Person Events
South Mountain Community College
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Join South Mountain Community College for a month-long series of events celebrating Black history.