Black History Month events educate
A jazz concert, a Black Film Festival, spoken word poetry and difficult dialogues are just a few of the many events planned for LCC’s 2016 Black History Month celebration in February.
This year, the celebration follows the national theme, “Hallowed Ground: Sites of African-American Memory.”
Participants will have the opportunity to visit one of these sites during the LCC Underground Railroad Tour event on Feb. 26.
The event is open to the public and will involve visiting the Second Baptist Church of Detroit, which played a role in helping slaves use the Underground Railroad system to escape north.
“That’s something really historical … Michigan played a significant part in the Underground Railroad,” said Robin Moore, LCC Black History Month Committee chair. “We’ll be taking a field trip there so students, faculty members, community members, all people will be able to experience that.”
According to Moore, all of the events for Black History Month are free and open to the public. The majority are located on LCC’s main campus.
The first event for Black History Month, a jazz concert called, “Lady Sings the Blues,” was scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. in Dart Auditorium. It was to feature singer Betty Joplin and the LCC Faculty Jazz Quartet.
Other events include a Black Film Festival, with the Spike Lee film “School Daze” on Monday, Feb. 8; and an installment of the Difficult Dialogues series titled “H-Hair” on Friday, Feb. 19. Both of these events will be held in the Centre for Engaged inclusion and are hosted by the student organization, Black Student Union.
“We decided to be involved (with these events) because we felt it fit our mission at the Black Student Union,” said Savannah James, LCC student and Black Student Union president. “Our mission at the Black Student Union is to educate those about our rich, historic history and to engage in community service and to promote student unity.”
James said an important aspect of Black History Month is to help educate the public about significant events in history that are sometimes left out, or are not covered in-depth, in general education.
A Taste of History Spoken Word Poetry event, “Celebrating and Honoring Black Voices,” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25 in the LCC Library. According to Moore, students, faculty and community members are welcome to read work from an African-American voice. For information on how to get involved, visit www.lcc.edu/blackhistorymonth.
The last event for Black History Month will be held on Wednesday, March 2 and is called, “Where Spirit Rides.” According to Moore, “Where Spirit Rides” will be held in conjunction with Women’s History Month (March) and will be a solo theater performance by Lisa Biggs.
Moore expressed the importance in learning about the history of others.
“We’re an academic environment, so it’s about learning,” Moore said. “Knowledge is power. When we know more about each other then we can respect each other.
“I think it’s important that we learn about each other, about our cultures, so then we can respect the culture and each other and grow.”
For more information about LCC Black History Month events and to view a complete list of events, visit www.lcc.edu/blackhistorymonth/