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Collin College Celebrates African American History Month

January 26, 2009 - Collin College is honoring African American History Month with a full slate of events. African American History Month events are free and open to the public.

Events at Collin College include:

  • Auteur Film Series - The Visitor
    Collin College's Auteur Film Series will honor African American History Month with a screening of the film, The Visitor, at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center. The film is rated PG-13 and runs 108 minutes. The film follows Walter Vale, an unassuming economics professor, who, on one of his trips to the city, finds a couple, Tarek and Zainab, squatting in his space. Striking up an unusual friendship with the couple, Walter helps them out, especially when Tarek is thrown into a detention center after being caught living in the country illegally.
  • Comedy Show
    Michael Prince, renowned local comedian, will present a comedy show from 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center. Prince performs regularly at the Addison Improv and has performed on BET's "Comicview" and toured with HBO's Def Comedy Jam.
  • "The Tuskegee Airmen"
    The college will host a screening of "The Tuskegee Airmen" starring Laurence Fishburne from 4:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Preston Ridge Campus, Room L135. The film is rated PG-13 and may not be suitable for all audiences.
  • Tuskegee Airman Speaker
    Collin College will welcome a former Tuskegee Airman Dr. Calvin Spann Sr. at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Preston Ridge Campus Event Center and noon, Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Central Park Campus Conference Center. Dr. Spann flew 26 missions in Europe during World War II.
  • Soul Food Luncheon
    The annual Soul Food Luncheon is set from noon-1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center. The event is free. The annual Soul Food Luncheon is an excellent opportunity to partake of savory fare and to celebrate the impact of African Americans in the community and in American culture. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish of their own to share.
  • Library Exhibitions
    Collin College faculty and staff will exhibit art and artifacts commemorating African American History Month at the Central Park, Preston Ridge and Spring Creek campuses throughout the month of February.

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

For more information, e-mail Cathy Whitney, professor of biology, at or Donna Okaro at

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