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College Celebrates African American History Month

January 20, 2011 –  Collin College has slated a series of events to honor African American History Month throughout February.

This year, the national theme  is “African Americans and the Civil War,” focusing on the impact of African Americans in the war between the states – from slavery to the battlefield.

All events are free and open to the public.

This year’s African American History Month at Collin College includes:

  • 7 p.m. – Thursday, Feb. 3 – Angelika Film Center
    The Auteur Film Series will present Spike Lee’s 4 Little Girls, a documentary about the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala. in 1963, which killed four African American girls. The tragedy is regarded as a turning point in the civil rights movement in the United States. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Some material may not be suitable for all ages. The Angelika Film Center is located at The Shops at Legacy, 7205 Bishop Road in Plano. For more information, visit

  • 11 a.m. – Monday, Feb. 7 – Preston Ridge Campus Event Center
    The college will host Dr. John Glass, professor of sociology, who will present “Slave Codes as Total Institution.” The Preston Ridge Campus is located at 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco.

  • Noon – Monday, Feb. 21 – Central Park Campus Pike Hall
    Dr. Steven Short will present “Free at Last: African Americans, the Civil War and Emancipation.” The Central Park Campus is located at 2200 W. University Drive in McKinney.

  • Noon – Friday, Feb. 25 – Living Legends Conference Center
    Collin College will host its annual Soul Food Luncheon. Feel free to bring your favorite dish to share.

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

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