MCCC planning jam-packed Black History Month

            Black History Month will not go uncelebrated at MCCC.

            Plenty of events are planned for the upcoming weeks, all celebrating African-American history and culture.

            Most events take place at 12 p.m. in the A-Building Dining Room unless otherwise noted.

            Kicking off the month-long celebration is a Notes at Noon. This will be a performance of Women in Jazz, featuring Galen Abdur-Razzaq of Flute Juice Productions. The event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

            Thursday, Feb. 16 will see an African-American Poetry Night presented in the C-Building’s Little Theater. This is Room C-3, located in the basement. The event is presented by the Writing Center and begins at 7 p.m.

            Another Notes at Noon, this time featuring Bubba Wilson & Band, will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 21. It will last from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

            Wednesday, Feb. 22 will see a presentation on the Role of the NAACP in Civil Rights. Representatives from the NAACP will be heading the event.

            The college will host a panel discussion on Black Progress in America the next day, Thursday, Feb. 23. The discussion will be moderated by President Kojo Quartey.

            On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Meyer Theater will present Monroe County’s 30th Annual Black History Month blues concert, known as the Big Gig. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., with the doors opening an hour beforehand at 5:30 p.m. It is free to the public.

            The event will see a plethora of acts from the Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr., his wife Sister Bernice Jones, Detroit’s Queen of Blues, Thornetta Davis, and more. Also promised are surprises and an all-star finale.

            The Big Gig is presented thanks to support from the college, the Monroe County Library System, the 2017 Blues Coalition, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Further information can be found at www.monroe.lib.mi.us/blues or by calling 1-734-241-5277.

            The following Wednesday, Feb. 27, will feature another presentation with Quartey, this time on Demystifying Africa.

            Finishing off the month on Feb. 28 will be a presentation on the Challenges of Poverty in the Black Community. This will be presented by Bob Leski, a retired faculty member.