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Celebrate Black History Month at RCC!

In a city so rich with history, there are many ways to celebrate Black History Month. Join RCC as we honor this remarkable month with everything from lectures and panel discussions to theatrical performances and more.

Black History Trivia Game
Wednesday, 2/6/2019, Student Commons (Building 3), 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Student Life will host a trivia game to test your knowledge of historical African American figures and their notable accomplishments. Prizes and refreshments will be available.

First Annual Solutions Series
Monday, 2/11/2019, Media Arts Center (Building1, Auditorium), 6:30 pm
Join RCC and BECMA for the second annual "Solutions Series" event during Black History Month. Following up on BECMA’s successful February 2018 event, "Solutions to Address Race and Economic Inequality in the Commonwealth," our organizations are bringing the community together for a conversation that seeks to highlight successful models that business and non-profit entities can replicate in addressing many of the systemic issues that impact communities of color. This event will follow a familiar format: several TedX style presentations, followed by a panel discussion with presenters and a short audience Q&A session. Presenters will be announced closer to the date of the discussion. Please visit Eventbrite to RSVP. Questions about this event can be directed to Jordan Smock at jsmock@rcc.mass.edu or 857-701-1234.

Black History Month Vendor Fair
Monday, 2/11 – Thursday, 12/14, Student Commons Hallway (Building 3), 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Vendors will be on-campus selling and/or displaying their artwork, jewelry, clothing, handmade crafts, or other products. Questions about the vendor fair can be directed to Nancy Santos at nsantos@rcc.mass.edu or 857-701-1232.

MLK’s Boston Days
Tuesday, 2/19/2019, Student Commons (Building 3), 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
During this illustrated lecture, Clennon King will share stories and images in a slideshow featuring more than 30 images of locales in Boston frequented by Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King Jr. in the early 1950s.

The Evolution and Origin of the Steel Pan
Thursday, 2/21/2019, Student Commons (Building 3), 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
This lecture/demonstration will be presented by Professor Justin Petty and will focus on the invention of the steel pan, which is the only acoustical instrument invented in the twentieth century.

Wakanda Forever: A Night of Comedy – 18+ event, ID required for entry
Thursday, 2/21/2019, Student Commons (Building 3), 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Attend this Wakanda-inspired comedy show wearing your Black Panther themed outfit or favorite African prints to win prizes. Visit Eventbrite to learn more about the comics and to purchase tickets.  Premium seating (guaranteed seat) is $20.00 per ticket; general admission seating (seat not guaranteed/some guests will be in the standing room only section) is $10.00 per ticket.  A cash bar will be available - you must have a valid ID to purchase drinks.  RCC students:  special discount pricing is available for this event.  Contact Vanessa Lewis at vlewis@rcc.mass.edu or 857-701-1235 to learn more. 

"Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance"
Friday, 2/22/2019, Media Arts Center (Building 1, Auditorium), 7:00 pm
Celebrating the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance era in New York City, Of Ebony Embers examines the lives of three outstanding but very different African American poets - Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay - as seen through the eyes of the great painter and muralist Aaron Douglas. The script was written by Akin Babatunde. The show includes music by African American composers ranging from jazz greats Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus to concert music composers Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker. Please visit Eventbrite to RSVP for this event. Questions about this event can be directed to Pam Green at pgreen@rcc.mass.edu or 857-701-1113.

Poetry Event
Tuesday, 2/26/2019, Student Commons (Building 3), 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Join American Book Award recipient, Askia Touré, in a poetic reflection of the social and cultural impact of the Obamas, America’s First Family (2008-2016). Afterwards, share your poem or rap that riffs off of “Black Royalty” and the legacy of the Obamas.

The Poetry of You: An Ode to Black Women Poets
Thursday, 2/28/2019, Student Commons (Building 3), 1:30 pm
This afternoon of poetry pays homage to Black woman poets from Phillis Wheatley to Jessica Care Moore. It highlights themes of black identity, beauty, empowerment, wisdom, and womanhood. It is participatory in nature as it charges audience members to engage and write their own poem.