Celebrate Black History at JJC Cultural Events This February

The local community is welcome to several events and programs celebrating Black History Month at Joliet Junior College this February, including a Black History Month Read-In on Feb. 18, and a Joliet Central High School Gospel Choir performance on Thursday, Feb. 25. All events hosted by the college will take place on the Main Campus at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.

Alden Kerr speaks during a JJC Brother 2 Brother meeting in September 2015. Brother 2 Brother is a minority enrichment program designed to help students persist in college and give them life skills.

Alden Kerr, a JJC criminal justice student, speaks during a JJC Brother 2 Brother meeting in September 2015. Brother 2 Brother is a minority enrichment program designed to help students persist in college and give them life skills.

Antione Edwards, JJC’s multicultural retention specialist, said the college’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hosts these programs each year to educate the student population and the surrounding community about African American heritage.

“African Americans have contributed so much to our history and now is the time to celebrate and recognize those contributions,” he said. “As long as people come out of these programs having learned something new, we’ve done our job and achieved our goal. You’re never too old or too young to learn,” he said.

For more information about Black History Month activities, visit www.jjc.edu/multicultural-affairs, or contact Edwards at aedwards@jjc.edu, or 815-280-2631.

The following events will be presented in honor of Black History Month at JJC:

“Understanding Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and Why Black Lives Matter” An informative and culturally enriched presentation by Dr. Nancy Davis
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., K-2001
Participants will discover the meaning of the P.T.S.S. theory that explains the etiology of many of the adaptive survival behaviors in African American communities throughout the United States and the Diaspora.

Legacy of Dance in the African American Culture: Roots, Movement, Evolution
Thursday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Center Bridge
Witness the evolution of the African American dance culture with performances of various dance styles. Presented by Vantenia Kelly and Company.

The History of Black Barbershops
Friday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Center Bridge
Come enjoy discounted haircuts for males and females on the Bridge, while engaging in a critical discussion of topics relevant in today’s society.

HIV in the Black Community
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1 to 2 p.m., A-1002
Attend this presentation with Regional Care about the existence of HIV in minority communities.

Dinner and a Movie
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 4 to 6 p.m., A-1002
Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this fun-filled event as we enjoy the movie “School Daze” over delicious soul food dinner. Space is limited. Please sign up with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs by calling 815-280-2631.

Black History Month Read-In
Thursday, Feb. 18, Library Room A-2000
Choose a passage from your favorite black author or poet to read aloud.

Joliet Central High School Gospel Choir
Thursday, Feb. 25, noon to 1 p.m., Center Bridge
Listen to cultural and inspirational gospel selections performed by the Joliet Central High School Gospel Choir.

Black People & Africa
Friday, Feb. 26, noon to 1 p.m., A-1107
Attend this public discussion on the complex relationship between black people and African immigrants living in America.

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