MCCCD Celebrates Black History Month With Film, Cuisine, Culture, and Conversation

TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 1, 2021 – In celebration of Black History Month, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is hosting virtual events across many of the Maricopa Community Colleges, exploring Black history and celebrating the culture, impacts and achievements of the Black community.

"The Maricopa Community Colleges are proud to celebrate Black history and culture with students, staff, faculty, and community members of all backgrounds," says MCCCD Interim Chancellor, Dr. Steven R. Gonzales. "We look forward to a month-long series of events across many of our Colleges that will allow an opportunity for dialogue, discussion, and education."

MCCCD is committed to ensuring that 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 Black and African American people. All events are free and open to the public.

Black History Month Cultural and Community Events

Throughout February 2021

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Estrella Mountain Community College presents cultural and community events that honor the achievements of Black people and the importance of civil rights in America. Events throughout February will feature learning, cultural experiences, film, art, and food.

Watch Party: When They See Us

February 1, 8, 22, and March 1, 2021

Virtual Events | 2 - 4 p.m.

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Join Glendale Community College for a Netflix teleparty featuring the four-part series When They See Us, which explores systematic and institutional racism in the United States through the real story of the Central Park Five. Their case dominated the headlines and highlighted many central issues in American society—race, socioeconomic class, sexual violence, and media manipulation.

Langston Hughes Project featuring Dr. Ron McCurdy

February 10, 2021

Virtual Event | 5:30 p.m.

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Join Mesa Community College for a multimedia virtual presentation of Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic Jazz poem suite, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.” The suite was Hughes’ homage to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. Renown music Professor and creator of the Langston Hughes Project, Dr. Ron McCurdy, will share the vision of the Langston Hughes Project and be available for a Q&A period after the event.

The Life and Times of African Americans

February 4, 2021

Virtual Event | 1:30 p.m.

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Mesa Community College Sociology Professor Rod Golden will be leading a virtual presentation and discussion on The Life and Times of African Americans, which will include "African American Contributions Amongst Civil Rights Flashpoints: A Story of Purpose and Progress." The presentation will focus on the Civil Rights Movement and the contributions of African Americans to science, medicine, and public health.

Popular Nigerian Foods and Cuisines

February 3, 2021

Virtual Event | 2 - 3 p.m.

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Join Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) for a live presentation of popular Nigerian cuisine by Ms. Ejiro Ojameruaye, RN, BSN, MSN, and a PVCC and Scottsdale Community College alum. Participants can expect to learn more about jollof rice and how to prepare it at home.

Black Lives Matter: How Did We Get Here?

February 9, 2021

Virtual Event | 12 - 1:15 p.m.

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When systemic injustices remain unspoken or accepted, an unethical white privilege is fostered. Join Phoenix College to understand and identify systemic racism, which enables individuals to embrace the point of view of people whose cultures are silenced or minimized.


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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 approximately 100,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.