Jan. 23

Jan. 23, 2018





Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager



MCC Black History Month events to bring thoughtful speakers, discussion


OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College will host seven events celebrating Black History Month. The events will feature prominent national and local speakers and culminates with a video discussion. All of the events are free and open to the public at various MCC locations. 


“The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” will be a book discussion led by Carol Mitchell, professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities. The discussion will be held Jan. 30, 11 a.m.-noon, in room 110 of Building 10 at the Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets. 


“Weathervanes of Democracy: Adolescents in African-American Literature” will feature Michael Hill, Ph.D., dean and associate professor at the University of Iowa, as he explores how black communities see their children, especially during the Civil Rights Movement and afterward. The question arises from Hill’s own experience as a student in the 1980s and 1990s. Hill’s discussion will be held Feb. 6, 12:30-1:45 p.m., in room 114 at the Elkhorn Valley Campus, 829 N. 204th Street. 


Byron D’Andra Orey, Ph.D., professor of Political Science at Jackson State University will lead “Us Versus Them: The Great Racial Divide” on Feb. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m., in room 120 of the Industrial Training Center at the South Omaha Campus, 27th and Q streets. Orey’s discussion will explore the current political climate and its effect on persons of color and its potential mental health consequences. 


“Unshackled: Education for Freedom, Student Achievement and Personal Emancipation” will feature Omaha-native Marcia Watson-Vandiver, Ph.D., assistant professor of Urban Education at Towson University. Guests will hear from Watson-Vandiver as she connects the historical and contemporary importance of education as a transformative tool for social mobility and highlights needs in urban education. The discussion will be held Feb. 8, 6:30-8 p.m., in room 201 at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on the Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway. 


“History of Blacks in STEM, Not Hidden Figures” will be led by Stephanie Adams, Ph.D., dean of Engineering at Old Dominion University, on Feb. 12, 6:30-8 p.m., in room 201 at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on the Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway. 


A video and discussion of “Arc of Justice” will be held Feb. 15, 1-1:50 p.m. in room 114 at the Elkhorn Valley Campus, 829 N. 204th St. Attendees will learn about the Civil Rights Movement and the journey of African-American farmers in the South. 


For more information on these events, contact 531-MCC-2253 or




Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.