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Black History Month

Black History Month kick-off: African Americans and the Vote

Kathy Tyree, singer for Black History month kick offMaurice J. Hobson, Ph.D. keynote speaker for Black history month kick off

      kATHY TYREE                         mAURICE J. HOBSON, PH.D

Kick off Black History Month with musical entertainment by songstress Kathy Tyree and a keynote address by Maurice J. Hobson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of African American Studies, Georgia State University
Hobson will explore the history of Black America and voting after the Civil War. Focusing on voter suppression that has crippled Black communities, he details the emergence of the Black New South and addresses the realities of contemporary African American communities that continue to encounter obstacles in their pursuit of the right to vote.
Hobson earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has served as an expert witness in court cases and as a voice of insight for documentaries, films, movies, public historical markers, monuments and museum exhibitions.

Tuesday, Jan. 28
6-6:30 p.m.: meet and greet with an hors d’oeuvres buffet by the Institute for the Culinary Arts
6:30 p.m.: program begins
8 p.m.: program ends

Fort Omaha Campus
Swanson Conference Center, Building 22, room 201
5300 N. 30th St.
Omaha, NE 68111

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Questions? Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-MCC-2253 for more information.

I Have a Voice

I Have a Voice drawing

Clarissa & Shawn Love-Bradley, BA Journalism, Clark/Atlanta University

A mother/daughter collaboration of art and poetry, “I Have a Voice” highlights Black American women from the 18th century to present day that have accomplished success in their chosen field of endeavors. Through art and poetry, mother and daughter highlight the triumphs of these amazing women.  
Shawn Love-Bradley is a poet, playwright, producer and actor. She was first published as a poet in the Omaha Public School system. Her first book was entitled "Black Poetry in Writing."

Thursday, Jan. 30
6:30-8 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus
Swanson Conference Center, Building 22, room 201

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Questions? Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-MCC-2253 for more information.

Songs of the Movement

Rutha Mae Harris, SNCC Freedom Singer

Rutha Mae Harris, SNCC Freedom Singer

A retired teacher who lives in Albany, Georgia, Rutha Mae Harris joined the Albany Movement and the Original Freedom Singers in 1961, traveling more than 50,000 miles singing for the cause of freedom and raising funds for The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Along with Dr. King, she was jailed four times during the Albany, Georgia Movement in 1961-62.
Miss Harris' professional career began in 1963 when the Freedom Singers were signed to a recording contract with Mercury Records. She has also recorded with the Landmark Gospel Singers, Georgia Mass Choir, and Whitney Houston and the Georgia Mass Choir. She has performed in 46 states, the Virgin Islands, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Civic Opera House in Chicago, Illinois, The United Nations in New York, The Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The Bahamas.

Tuesday, Feb. 4
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus
Swanson Conference Center, Building 22, Room 201

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Questions? Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-MCC-2253 for more information.

Black Church Food Security Network

Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III, Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church

BY rEV. DR. HEBER BROWN, III

Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III, Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, Baltimore, Maryland The Black Church Food Security Network combats food apartheid by helping historic African American congregations establish or expand gardens (or agricultural projects) on church-owned land. The Network also links Black Churches and Black Farmers in a joint effort to create a community-controlled, alternative food system based on food and land sovereignty.
Rev. Dr. Brown III is a recipient of the Ella Baker Freedom Fighter Award, the Afro American Newspaper’s “25 Under 40 Emerging Black History Leaders” award, praise from Urbanite Magazine as one of the “Change Makers of Baltimore City, " a $10,000 Fellowship Award from The Beatitudes Society as one of eight leading young progressive Faith leaders in the country, grist.org’s one of "The 50 People You'll Be Talking About This Year," Baltimore Magazine’s Visionary of the City, Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights’ Food Justice Award and the Claneil Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Award.

Tuesday, Feb. 11
6:30-8 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus
Swanson Conference Center, Building 22, room 201

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Questions? Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-MCC-2253 for more information

Idlewild: The Rise, Decline and Rebirth of a Unique African American Resort Town

Idlewild, The rise, decline and rebirth of a unique African American resort town

by Dr. Ronald J Stephens

In 1912, white land developers founded Idlewild, an African American resort community in western Michigan. Over the following decades, the town became one of the country’s foremost vacation destinations for the Black middle class, during its peak drawing tens of thousands of visitors annually and hosting the era’s premier entertainers, such as the Four Tops, Della Reese, Brook Benton and George Kirby. By the early 1980s, the town had become a struggling retirement community in the midst of financial and political crises.

Wednesday, Feb. 12
10:30-11:45 a.m.
South Omaha Campus
ITC Conference Center, room 120

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Questions? Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-MCC-2253 for more information

Economic Inequality & the Return of Jim Crow

Devin Fergus, Ph.D. presenter for Black History month

Devin Fergus, Ph.D., Strickland Distinguished Professor of History & Black Studies, Affiliated Faculty of the Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri

In recent decades financial deregulation has led to a growth of hidden fees and charges that adversely impinge on the American consumer. The consequent rise in economic inequality has disproportionately affected the Black and Latino part of the U.S. public, possibly precipitating a new crisis of democracy. From a historical perspective, the crisis is not only American but global, and echoes the Cold War and Jim Crow years of a racially segregated nation.

Thursday, Feb. 20
12:30-1:45 p.m.
Elkhorn Valley Campus
Room 114
829 N. 204th St.
Elkhorn, NE 68022

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Questions? Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-MCC-2253 for more information