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MCC Black History – February 2021

Black History Month

Black History Month Kick-Off: "Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America's Campuses"

Lawrence Ross, author and lecturer, BA, History; UCLA, MFA Screenwriting, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television

Ross presents explosive and controversial details that rip the veil off America's hidden secret: America's colleges have fostered a racist environment that makes them a hostile space for African American students. "Blackballed" exposes the white fraternity and sorority system, with traditions of racist parties, songs, and assaults on black students; and the universities themselves, who name campus buildings after racist men and women.

The Education Pandemic: Long-Term Implications in the Time of COVID-19 and Post-Election Possibilities 

Marcia J. Vandiver, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Elementary Education Department, Towson University

Education for African Americans has a longstanding history of inequity and disproportionate opportunities. The onset of COVID-19, coupled with glaring economic disparities, racial unrest and political/civic disharmony have undeniably impacted students across the nation. Now more than ever, educational leaders must address critical issues—such as equity, access, diversity, social justice and civic responsibility—in new and emerging ways. This session will explore changes in federal leadership and its potential impact on K-16 education, explore matters of equity and access for African American students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and help audience members learn how they can positively impact students and the future of U.S. education.

Lessons on Leadership from Legends

Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, 24th National President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Educational Advocate & Activist

Butler-McIntyre identifies past and present leaders of the African American community that have shaped American history across various fields and delves into their lasting impact in communities across the nation.

"American While Black: African Americans, Immigration & Social Justice"

Niambi Carter, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science, Howard University 

Niambi Carter earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University (2007) working primarily in the area of American Politics with a specific focus on Race and Ethnic Politics, Black Politics, Public Opinion, and Political Behavior. Her book, "American While Black: African Americans, Immigration, and the Limits of Citizenship" investigates African American public opinion on immigration. Carter is also actively involved in other work that examines sanctuary cities, lynching and race in American politics. She is a native of Prince George's County, Maryland.

America's Black Holocaust Museum: A Unique Experience for Visitors from Near and Far

Dr. Robert "Bert" Davis, President & CEO

Dr. Davis introduces America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM), a historical, memorial and virtual museum located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The ABHM on-line galleries explore 3300 pages of content + exhibits in cyberspace, commemorating the Black Holocaust from pre-captivity in Africa to present day.

Founded by a lynching survivor (Dr. James Cameron), scholar-griots, educators and graduate students curate the online exhibits. The unique, cutting-edge, interactive, virtual museum is available to people around the world serving millions of visitors annually.

Due to COVID-19, the museum's physical space which was slated to re-open in the summer of 2020 will not re-open until mid to late 2021.

Video & discussion: "JOHN LEWIS: GET IN THE WAY"

(54 minutes)

Discussion led by Dr. Donnell J. Moore, Executive Pastor, Salem Baptist Church

Follow the courageous journey of John Lewis, a civil rights hero, congressional leader, and human rights champion whose unwavering fight for justice spanned the past 57 years. The son of sharecroppers, Lewis grew up in the segregated South and rose from Alabama's Black Belt to the corridors of power on Capitol Hill. His humble origins have forever linked him to those whose voices often go unheard. Through never-before-seen interviews shot over 20 years, Lewis tells the gripping tale of his role in the vanguard of the Civil Rights Movement. He was the youngest speaker at the historic 1963 March on Washington and he led the Bloody Sunday march in Selma in 1965 where Alabama state troopers attacked peaceful protesters with billy clubs, bullwhips, and tear gas. This march led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act into law, which prohibited racial discrimination at the polls.

Originally an activist pushing from the outside, Lewis became the conscience of congress who made noise on the inside pressing for justice, equality, and human rights. Despite setbacks—and there were many—John Lewis' eyes remained steadfastly on the prize.


Participation for all programs is free and open to the public.
Contact or 531-622-2253 for more information.

ACCOMMODATIONS:  Audience members requiring accommodations due to a disability must contact Barbara Velazquez,, 531-622-2253 at least two weeks prior to the program.

Additional International/Intercultural Education virtual programming can be found on YouTube.