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Rowan College offers myriad programs promoting Black culture

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Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) honors Black artists, leaders and community members. In recognition of Black History Month, the African American Cultural Committee offers a lineup of events, including film, history, fashion, music, food and open and thoughtful dialogue with the community.

The “Just Mercy” movie screening will be offered all day on Feb. 5 via the BaronOne Portal. “Just Mercy” takes place in 1989 and follows the story of a recent Harvard graduate who heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or not afforded proper representation. It stars Michael B. Jordan and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. This screening is for RCBC students and staff with a valid RCBC email account.

The American Red Cross blood drive for sickle cell awareness will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Al-Nasr Mosque in Willingboro. Register at redcrossblood.org.

Senator Troy Singleton will provide a legislative update from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 8 via RCBC’s Facebook page. Singleton will discuss updates on diversity impacting bills in New Jersey.

A history of Fashion/Atlantic City Fashion Week will be presented from 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 via Webex. RCBC Fashion Design instructor Lisa Steinberg will lead a presentation on the history of fashion and inclusion of Black models. Representatives of Atlantic City Fashion Week will showcase their industry and highlight current fashion.

A virtual Gospel Fest will be held from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 18 via Facebook. Join an evening of fellowship and inspiration with performances from local gospel performers from faith-based congregations.

“Healing our Communities – Mental Health in the Black Community” will be addressed from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 24 through Facebook Live. The third in a series of Healing Our Communities Facebook Town Halls examines today’s concerns in mental health and wellness.

A soulful cooking demonstration will be offered from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 25 via Facebook Live. Top chefs in the RCBC Culinary Center in Mount Holly will present recipes and ingredients featured on the events page at rcbc.edu/aacc.

“We recognize the significance of what this past year has taught us, and we continue to work toward finding common ground through difficult conversations, building up marginalized communities, advocating for equality and ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard,” RCBC Education Instructor Corvena Francis-Denton, who chairs the African American Cultural Committee, said in a prepared statement. “We still have work to do, and that’s why we’re here – to continue to push forward and open doors.”

All events, aside from the film screening on Feb. 5, are open to the public.

To join RCBC’s efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion, visit rcbc.edu/diversity.

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