News Release Banner

Collin College Celebrates African-American History Month

Feb. 1, 2016 – Collin College will celebrate African-American History Month with a series of events throughout February. This year’s theme is “Hallowed Grounds and Significant Events: Yesterday’s History, Tomorrow’s Implication, Today’s Significance.”

The events follow:

  • 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2 – Guest speaker Sanderia Faye, the author of Mourner’s Bench will speak at the Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. That will be followed by a book signing from 1-2 p.m.  in conference room D/E.
  • 1-3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8 – The movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will be presented in Central Park Campus Room LA219 from 1-3 p.m. This epic motion picture spans the extraordinary life story of South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela (Golden-Globe winner Idris Elba) from his childhood in a rural village through his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa, including his struggle against apartheid and 27 years in jail.
  • 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10 –  Attorney and former prosecutor A.M. “Marty” Stroud III will present a lecture titled “Winning at all Costs: The Resulting Damage of Injustice” at the Preston Ridge Conference Center from 6-8 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Committee on Race, Poverty and Crime and the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement.
  • 11:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11 – “The [Mystery] Case for Cursive: Uncovering the Legacy of African-American Historical Documents” will be presented in two parts at the SCC Living Legends Conference Center. Guest speakers will present a lecture on the history and benefits of cursive writing education from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., followed by a “mystery workshop” from 1-2:15 p.m.
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Living History: African-American Cultural Landmarks in North Texas will be presented at the CPC Conference Center, Room F110, Section B from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A panel of guests comprised of historians, educators and community members will discuss local sites of significance to the black community, as well as what residents can do to honor the past and improve the future here in North Texas.
  • 10-11:15 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 18 – Guest speaker Amy Myrick will present “Goin’ Down to the Crossroads: Spirituality, Hoo Doo and the Delta Blues” at the Preston Ridge Conference Center from 10-11:15 a.m. This presentation will look at the intersection of Hoo Doo (African-American folk magic) and the early development of the Delta blues. Many blues songs make references to Hoo Doo terminology, such as “mojo” or “trick bag.” Professor Myrick will distinguish between Hoo Doo and other spiritual practices such as Voodoo or Santeria and show how Hoo Doo and the blues both have roots in Africa, but are uniquely American because of their strong connections to regional geography and their inclusivity of other spiritual systems and practices.
  • 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25 – The movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will be presented in the SCC Living Legends Conference Center from 6-9 p.m.
  • Noon, Friday, Feb. 26 – The annual Soul Food Luncheon is planned for noon at the CPC Conference Center.

For additional information, contact Cathy Whitney , or Donna Okaro, , District AAHM  task force co-chairs. Funding for the above events will be provided by Collin College’s Student Activity Fee Advisory Committee (SAFAC).

Collin College serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,200 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.