Joliet Junior College invites the community to several events celebrating Black History Month this February, including a presentation titled “HIV in the Black Community,” on Thursday, Feb. 12, and a Joliet Gospel Choir performance on Wednesday, Feb. 25. All events hosted by the college this month will take place on the Main Campus at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.
Antione Edwards, JJC’s multicultural retention specialist, said the goal of this year’s Black History Month activities is to educate the student population and the surrounding community about African American heritage.
“As long as we can teach somebody something this month, I think it’ll be successful. You’re never too old or too young to learn,” he said.
Edwards also hopes that a variety of attendees will come to the programs – people from different generations, races, lifestyles, and backgrounds.
The following events will be presented in honor of Black History Month at JJC:
HIV in the Black Community: Thursday, Feb. 12, 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m., JJC Bridge
A panel discussion with Will County community agencies about the existence of HIV in minority communities.
DuSable Museum Trip: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m.
This is an opportunity to join JJC students and staff on a trip to the African-American History Museum in Chicago. For more information, visit http://www.dusablemuseum.org.
Joliet Gospel Choir: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., JJC Bridge
Listen to cultural and inspirational gospel selections performed by JJC and Joliet High School gospel choirs.
The History of Africa: Thursday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
JJC’s own Dr. Senu-Oke will present an informative presentation about the history of Africa.
Black People & Africa: Friday, Feb. 27, Noon to 1 p.m., Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Presentation Room
Attendees will talk about the relationship between black people in America and African immigrants living in America. The public will also have an opportunity to share their stories about being a part of the African American community.