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Union County College Celebrates Black History Month

Tue, Feb 28, 2012 starting at 1:00 AM
On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, and Wednesday, February 29, 2012, in observance of Black History Month, Union County College will be hosting a series of events. Beginning Tuesday, February 28, the Annual Douglass/Lincoln lecture will be presented at 10:00 a.m. in the Roy Smith Theater on the Cranford campus. Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad will present, “The Challenge of Historical Literacy in the Age of Obama.”
    The celebration will continue on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, with the College’s participation in the 23rd Annual African American Read-In at 10:00 a.m. in the Theater in the Lessner Building on the Elizabeth campus. This year’s theme is, “Voices From America’s Black Past - Strong Shoulders On Which To Stand.” Music will be provided by Zulema Cheek. Members of the College community, including students, faculty, and staff will read literature reflective of the theme. The Read-In is sponsored nationally by The Black Caucus of National Council Teachers of English and by NCTE.
    On the Cranford campus on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, an African-American market will be held from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. in the Victor M. Richel Student Commons. If you are interested in having a vendor table, please contact Patricia Smoot at (908) 361-7217 or e-mail smootpatricia@ymail.com.
Later that evening, the Annual Dolores Collins Benjamin Memorial Concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. when the young Newark Boys Chorus gathers with the veteran North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club to perform songs such as “This Little Light of Mine” and “Let There Be Music”.
    These events are sponsored by the College’s Economics/Government/History Department and English Department, the Black Student Heritage Organization, the Student Government Association, the MacKay Library, and the Institute for Intensive English. The Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue and the Elizabeth Campus is located at 40 West Jersey Street. For more information contact Dr. Lawrence Hogan at (908) 497-4235 or email hogan@ucc.edu. For directions, go to www.ucc.edu/admissions/gettingtoucc/.
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