Celebrate Black History Month at NSCC!

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North Shore Community College will celebrate Black History Month in February at both the Danvers and Lynn Campuses with a variety of events, all free and open to the public. This year's theme is Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future.

Schedule of February events (check listing for campus location):

Thursday, February 2 - Film screening, Their Eyes Were Watching God, 3:30p.m., LE203 - discussion to follow.

Thursday, February 9 - Film screening, Stevie Wonder's Sketches of a Life, 4p.m., LE203 - discussion to follow.

Thursday, February 16 - Screening of the movie, The Help, (PG-13) 5:45p.m., Lynn Campus gym - with an opening performance of the movie's theme song, "The Living Proof" (Mary J. Blige) by soloist Doreen Murray from Building Bridges Through Music followed by a performance from the Follow Hymn Interfaith Choir. Free popcorn!

Thursday, February 16 - Motown, jazz, soul and original tunes, 1-2p.m., Lynn Campus café
Performed by the vocal/instrumental duo of NSCC TRiO students, Chuka & Alejandro.

Thursday, February 16 - Film screening, The Great Debaters, 3:30p.m., LE203 - discussion to follow.

Tuesday, February 21 - Liturgical Dance Performance, 10:30a.m., Danvers Campus café and 1p.m., Lynn Campus café - A spiritual expression of worship to God through movement will be performed by the M'Kaddesh Dancers. Liturgical Dance provides the opportunity for individual and group participation of any age and ability to do this through song, visual art, music and/or drama. Selections will include African American spirituals.

Wednesday, February, 22 - "Beyond Collard Greens and Cornbread: What Does it Mean to be Black in America?" a discussion by Graeme Griffith, 11:30a.m., Lynn LW235 and on Tuesday, February 28, 12:15pm, Danvers DB129 - What does it really mean to be BLACK in America? In celebration of Black History Month, this open student dialogue will attempt to explore the concept of Blackness by examining how people from different backgrounds arrive at an understanding of their Black ethnic or racial identity. Who is Black, and who is not? Who decides? What really makes someone Black.

Enjoy samples of collard greens and cornbread at this discussion.

Thursday, February 23 - Motown Civil Rights lecture with Tom Ingrassia, 9:30a.m., Lynn Campus gym and 12:30p.m., Danvers Campus student lounge - Come discover how music inspired a generation as we trace the development of the Music and the Movement in the early '60s and how the Motown Sound broke down barriers of race and region, class and customs, language and location.

Friday, February 24- Gil Noble presents Malcolm and Martin, an episode from Like It Is, followed by a discussion led by Professor Troy Smith, 11a.m.-12:30p.m., Danvers Campus Math Science Building cafeteria area and on Monday, February 27, 10:30-11:45a.m., Lynn Campus gym. Gil Noble is a significant figure in Black American journalism. He was the host of the long-running TV show in the New York City area called Like It Is, which has produced the largest collection of programs and documentaries on the African-American experience in the last half of the twentieth century.

Wednesday, February 29 - Library of Congress screening, A Conversation with African Poet and Writer Ali Mazrui, 4p.m., LE203 - discussion to follow.

Wednesday, February 29 - 23rd National African American Read-In, 1p.m. at both the Lynn and Danvers Campus libraries. Participate by reading The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. Dubois prior to the public reading/group discussion on February 29. Snacks will be provided! Books are available at the library on each campus as well as via NSCC's e-brary http://tinyurl.com/88vb8xz (If you read from the e-brary link from a computer not on campus, you will need your student ID / N# to access it.) Be prepared to share your favorite excerpts from the book. You may want to bring a copy of the book, your kindle or a printed copy of the selections you want to share during the Read-In.

Ongoing all month will be Black History Month factoids displayed on campus link screens and library book exhibits featuring African American authors. In addition, both the Danvers and Lynn cafeterias will have "soul food" offerings each week during the month of February.

For more information on NSCC's Black History Month celebrations, contact Michele Harris, mharris@northshore.edu or Lisa Milso, lmilso@northshore.edu


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