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MCC to offer diverse programs for Black History Month

Middlesex County College (MCC) will offer a diverse program to celebrate Black History Month in February. Except where noted, all are free and open to the public.

The events kick off with “Noble Expressions,” an art exhibit by Richmond Garrick, MCC alumnus of the Class of 1996. The noted artist will showcase his work, much of which depicts the civil war from his native country, Sierra Leone.

In addition, 13 portraits of noted black historical figures will also be displayed and later donated to MCC. A reception, sponsored by the MCC Alumni Association, is scheduled for the first day of the exhibit from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 2. The exhibit runs through the end of February.

Actor, educator and singer Daisy Nelson Century will portray Sojourner Truth, a 19th-century slave turned civil rights activist, at 11 a.m. on Feb. 6 in the College Center Corral.

A film, “Southside with You,” chronicling the first date between future President Barack Obama and future first lady Michelle Obama, will be shown in the College Center Cafeteria C at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

In an event limited to the college community, MCC will take a trip to see the Harlem Globetrotters at the Prudential Center on Feb. 17. The cost is $20 for students (on sale Jan. 31) and $25 for faculty/staff (on sale Feb. 7).

Author Hayes Davis will examine his life as a son, father and artist at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 while illuminating topics of racial identity and the plight of other black men. It will be in the College Center Corral.

The program concludes with a lecture by Daniel Jean called “Black History in the Making” at 11 a.m. on Feb. 27 in the Brunswick Room in Crabiel Hall. Dr. Jean challenges attendees to make strategic decisions and identify how they can contribute to the betterment of society.

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