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Collin College Celebrates African American History Month

Jan. 25, 2013 – In honor of diversity and culture, Collin College will host a series of events throughout African American History Month this February.

To mark the anniversaries of two major events in the African American civil rights movement, this year’s celebration is nationally themed “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.”

2013 African American History Month events at Collin College include:

  • Feb 1 - Symbolic March: Emancipation Proclamation and “History to Now” Presentation with Dr. Brian White.
    11:45 a.m. at the Central Park Campus
    Participants will march from the clock tower to the conference center.

  • Feb. 4 - Film and Discussion: “Red Tails”
    6:30 p.m. at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center

  • Feb. 6 - Poetry Reading: Professor Raquel Rivera
    Spring Creek Campus Atrium
    12 p.m.

  • Feb. 7 - Presentation and Panel Discussion: “Going Colorblind: Confronting White Privilege, Political Correctness, and the Evolution of “New” Racism” with Professor Audra Heaslip
    11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. in the Central Park Campus Conference Center
    Interactive discussion of colorblindness, being politically correct and the subtleties of this century’s "new" racism.

  • Feb.7 - Auteur Film: “The Great Debaters”
    7 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center in Plano
    Based on a true story, this film profiles the journey of the first team of debaters from historically black Wiley College in Texas.

  • Feb. 14 - The Emancipation Proclamation and “I Have A Dream” Speech
    10 - 11:15 a.m. in the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center
    Dr. Mark D. Popowski will evaluate the Emancipation Proclamation and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

  • Feb 14 - Panel Discussion: “African American activism in 1960s North Texas”
    11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center

  • Feb. 15 - Annual Soul Food Luncheon: Featuring Collin’s Chef Thomas Nixon
    12 p.m. in the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center
    This is a potluck.  Individuals attending should sign up to bring a dish by visiting

  • Feb. 20 - Film and Discussion: “ Panther”
    6:30 p.m. in the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center

  • Feb. 25 - Guest Speaker Mia Bay: Professor of History and Ethnicity at Rutgers University “African American activism through the lens of Ida B. Wells”
    10 – 11 a.m. in the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center

All events are free and open to the public.

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

Collin College serves about 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.