2013 African American History Month Celebration

At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.


African American History Month Opening Ceremony

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Great Path Academy Community Commons

The celebration will include the presentation of our community leadership awards to a faculty/staff member of MCC, MCC student, Great Path Academy student and a community leader all nominated by people from the MCC community. Our keynote speakers: Dr. Deborah Simmons and Department Chair of Sociology and Sign Language, Prof. Lucy Hurston will be discussing "Where We Have Been, and Where We are Going as a People and Nation." We will also be serving traditional Soul Food after the program. So together lets kickoff, and celebrate African American History Month.

Walk through History

Date: February 6 - 28, 2013

Locations: Lowe, AST Rotunda, LRC

Take a look back in time at iconic figures who changed history in the following areas: politics, science & technology, music and entertainment & arts. Stop by the Office of Minority Students and Mentoring Programs to pick up a scavenger hunt form in L-154i for a chance to win a $100.00 gift card to the MCC Bookstore! When the form has been completed, you may return them to the Office of Minority Students and Mentoring Programs in L-154i. You will find the answers in the biographies of iconic Black figures located on A-frames around campus.  Completed forms must be returned by Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in order to be placed into a raffle.  The winner will be notified on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.  Good luck!

A History of Hip-Hop

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2013

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: GPA Commons

Come learn of the influence and robust history that hip-hop has in this nation. As Zee Santiago, a rising hip-hop artist and an ambassador of hip-hop discusses the art, music, and history of hip-hop culture. Zee Santiago achieved a Master's degree in American Studies, and shows continued success in the music industry, opening for stars such as Drake, Big Sean, Common, Lupe Fiasco, and Fabolous. He continues to inspire those around him as a grassroots organizer and an established hip-hop academic. He is the founder of the first college chapter of KRS-One’s Temple of Hip-Hop, co-organized the Annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival. So come and learn a little more about hip-hop and the rich history it holds.

African American History Month Films : The Great Debaters

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: GPA Commons

Join us as we watch and discuss the film: The Great Debaters. The exciting drama, starring Denzel Washington, based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. After the movie there will be a brief discussion.

Urban Storytellers featuring Abdul-Rahmaan Ibn Muhammad

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Time: 6:00p.m.

Location: Gallery: At MCC on Main, 903 Main St., Manchester

The Series will bring together a group of published, spoken word artists, and give an up close and personal look into their backgrounds and creative process; giving a voice to their stories. Abdul-Rahmaan Ibn Muhammad is the Executive Director of My People Clinical Services a multidimensional human service agency located in Hartford, Connecticut. MPCS has served over 4,000 children and families since it’s inception in March 2005 through their six core programs: Father to Father, Therapeutic Services, Therapeutic Support Staff, Supervised Visitation, and Female Empowerment Program. Muhammad is also a talented spoken word artist. This self proclaimed "Soapbox Poet”, MIRA will have you wondering if he is performing poetry or if he is engulfed in a lyrical battle. He recites poems expressing issues and concerns about family, the community and the world. Lyrically capable, he has performed in venues all over CT, NY and MA and has dropped CD's (Soapbox Poetry and Real Brothers-Real Sisters with collaboration from spoken word artist, Mind Evolution.) In the past year, Muhammad completed “The Dream Chaser’s Workshop” which was created to encourage, inspire and support individuals to live the life of their dreams. In addition to the workshop, Muhammad has a motivational website called NEVER Stop Dreaming (www.neverstpdrming.com). Muhammad is married to his beautiful wife, Dayeshell and is the proud father of three children, Aminah, Amirah and Amir.

Contact: Kenyon Grant or 860-647-6030

Fee: $5.00 at the door

Live on Main presents Edwin West

Date: Friday, February 22, 2013

Time: 7:00p.m.

Location: Dehn Gallery: At MCC on Main, 903 Main St., Manchester

Edwin West, a native of Hartford, CT, focuses on an eclectic fusion of jazz, pop, R&B and funk. His many musical influences include Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, George Benson and Al Jarreau. Edwin presents fresh interpretations of both classic and contemporary material. Wine and beer will be available from bin228. Contact:

Kenyon Grant or 860-647-6030

Fee: $5 at door.

African American History Month Films: Rosewood

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: GPA Commons

Join us as we watch and discuss the film: Rosewood. A dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African American community. After the movie there will be a brief discussion.

Celebration of African American Culture

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Time: 6:30p.m -8:30p.m

Location: GPA Commons

Together let's celebrate the end of an amazing month by celebrating some of African American Culture. Come see African dancers, gospel choirs, jazz artist, spoken word artist, and more. So let's end this month with a BANG!


Learning Goals

Programs featured during African American History Month support these institutional learning goals:

  • Goal #1: Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical World
  • Goal #3: Personal and Social Responsibility.
Last Update: September 13 2013
For additional information, contact: Bryce Jones