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Collin College Celebrates African American History Month

January 15, 2014 - In honor of African American History Month, Collin College will present a month-long series of events including film screenings, luncheons, guest speakers and more.

This year’s national theme is “Civil Rights in America” and various events will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and its implications.

2014 African American History Month events at Collin College include:

  • Feb. 4 – Re-enactment of Brown v. Board of Education featuring Collin College’s Mock Trial Team
    11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center

  • Feb. 6 - Film and discussion: “42” – A film underscoring the life of African American baseball player Jackie Robinson who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
    6:30 p.m. at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center

  • Feb. 11 – Guest speaker and community leader Akintunde Funso speaks about his experiences as a Black Panther.
    10 a.m. at the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center

  • Feb. 12 – Guest speaker and UNT professor Jennifer Wallach presents “African American Food History” and discusses the culinary history of African American cuisine.
    1 - 2:15 p.m. at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center

  • Feb. 13 - Auteur Film: “Beasts of the Southern Wild” - A young girl and her father struggle to cope as a storm ravages their home and mysterious creatures appear.
    7 p.m. at the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center

  • Feb 18 – Civil Rights Act panel discussion: “Commemorating 50 Years” - The Spring Creek Campus history faculty will present an overview and discussion of the Civil Rights Act.
    11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. in the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center

  • Feb. 20 – Timeline review and discussion: “Where Are We Now?” A panel will discuss and explore various events that span the timeline of the Civil Rights era.
    11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. at the Central Park Campus Conference Center

  • Feb. 24 – Presentation: “Civil Rights: The Current Social and Political Climate” - An exploration of the past and current climates through the eyes of Collin students.
    Noon – 1 p.m. at the Central Park Campus Conference Center

  • Feb. 24 – Film and discussion: “The House I Live In” - A panel will discuss the historical perspective and problems with mass incarcerations and the War on Drugs.
    6:30 p.m. at the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center

  • Feb. 26 – Dramatic reading of “I Have a Dream” by students and “The Past in Motion: Commemorating African American History Month Dance” featuring Collin College’s dance ensemble
    1:30 – 2 p.m. at the Preston Ridge Campus Quad.

  • Feb. 27 – Film and discussion: “Something the Lord Made” - A film underscoring the life of Vivien Thomas, an African American surgical technician who helped pioneer modern heart surgical techniques
    6:30 p.m. at 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 cwhitney@collin.edu or Donna Okaro at dokaro@collin.edu.

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