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Collin Schedules A Monthlong Celebration of African American History Month

Collin Schedules A Monthlong Celebration of African American History Month

February 1, 2007 - It was 81 years ago that scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson planted the seeds of what would become African American History Month.

Every February, Collin County Community College District (Collin) joins the nation in honoring the contributions of African Americans like Woodson to the American tapestry. The list of Collin African American History Month events include:

  • Exhibits presented by Collin faculty and staff will be on exhibit at campus libraries during the entire month. These include: "It's all Wood: Selected Hand-Carved Wood Pieces from Africa, Asia and Australia" by Juanita Austin at the Spring Creek Campus; "The Road from Slavery to Freedom: Still Traveling!" by John Wilkins at the Preston Ridge Campus; and "Jubilee" by Kim Washington at the Central Park Campus.
  • A screening of the film "A Gathering of Old Men" will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Preston Ridge Campus Event Center. Following the film, professor Rodney Boyd will lead a discussion about the film. "A Gathering of Old Men" is based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines and chronicles the deep-bred racial intolerance in the South. In the film, a Caucasian tenant farmer is killed and an African American sharecropper is a suspect and is the target of vigilante retaliation.
  • Kathryn Woods will take attendees back 150 years in a portrayal of former slave, abolitionist and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth. Event is set from 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Central Park Campus Pike Hall.
  • Sociology professor Pam Gaiter will present "Living the Legacy," a lecture stemming from her sabbatical research on African American landowners. This will be presented from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Central Park Campus Pike Hall and from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16, at the Spring Creek Campus, Room C104.
  • The 2006-07 Auteur Film Series will present Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" in honor of African American History Month. This film revolves around an Ivy League-educated African American man whose TV show idea is rejected by the network. Frustrated, he revives the minstrel shows with African American actors in black face. The screening is set for 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 19, at the Spring Creek Campus, Room C104.
  • Local Islamic scholar and spiritual leader Imam Yusuf Kavakci will present a lecture titled "The Concept of Law in Islam and the West," from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center.

The Spring Creek Campus is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano, the Preston Ridge Campus is located at 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco and the Central Park Campus is located at 2200 W. University Drive in McKinney.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Donna Okaro at or Pam Gaiter at

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 41,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.