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Mercer County Community College Celebrates Black History Month 2023 With a Full Slate of Events

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originally published: 01/24/2023

Mercer County Community College Celebrates Black History Month 2023 With a Full Slate of Events

(WEST WINDSOR, NJ) -- Mercer County Community College (MCCC) celebrates Black History Month 2023 with a full slate of events. Students, alums and community members are all encouraged to attend. 

“Black History Month is a time to honor and recognize the contributions of African Americans in our local communities and in our country. Without it, we run the risk of silencing stories that add complexity, character and most of all, accountability to our nation's story,” said Marvin Carter, director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at MCCC. “Yes, progress has been made, but more still needs to be done,” said Carter. “In this moment, we say ‘Thank You’ to those on whose shoulders we stand today, and 'we are not done' to those who will follow in our footsteps,” said Carter.

“Black Resistance” is this year’s national theme. Mercer County Community College will host a number of special events emphasizing culture, relationships and education. The events are split between MCCC’s James Kerney Campus (JKC) at 102 North Broad Street in Trenton and West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. 

Black History Month celebrations kick off with a spirited opening ceremony Wednesday, February 1 from 11:00am to 1:00pm in Kerney Hall at the James Kerney Campus in Trenton. 

On Thursday, February 2 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm guests are invited to watch the film “Get Out,” the story of a family meeting gone wrong, and take part in a “Film and Chat” session in CM 108 on MCCC's West Windsor Campus.



 
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On Saturday, February 4 from 9:00am to 4:00pm “Melanin Market” will be open at the James Kerney campus where BIPOC entrepreneurs from across the county will vend their products and services that empower and support BIPOC culture. Then on Wednesday, February 8, participants can flaunt their Black History prowess at the “Black History Month Trivia” event on the West Windsor campus in the Student Center cafeteria from 11:00am until noon.

Thursday, February 9 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm is another “Film and Chat” session featuring the film “Fruitvale Station,” the story about the death of Oscar Grant in Oakland, California. The event will take place in CM 108 on MCCC’s West Windsor campus.

Kelsey Theatre, located on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, will be the home of a “Generational Wealth Summit” on Saturday, February 11. This is a full-day event with a variety of homebuyer and financial literacy workshops from 9 a.m. till noon. The Summit will be followed by lunch and two exciting presentations of The Maggie Walker Story –  a play about the first Black Female bank owner — at 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Tickets can be found online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/467643713937.

Thursday, February 16 features a “Film and Chat” featuring the movie “The Hate You Give,” a story about a young African American woman who confronts racism in her own community after a tragic police shooting. This event will take place from 3:00pm to 5:00pm in Room CM 108 on the West Windsor Campus.

On Monday, February 20 from noon till 1:00pm in the Student Center cafeteria on the West Windsor campus “Before the Glory: Stories of Overcoming Adversity for the Win” will take place. This event will feature three former major league baseball players: Steve Jeltz, Ben Revere and Milt Thompson of the Phillies who will share their stories of accomplishment and adversity on their way to success.

Another opportunity for “Film and Chat” takes place on Thursday, February 23 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm in room CM 108 on the West Windsor Campus where the film “Judas and the Black Messiah” will be presented. This film is a short biopic on the life of Fred Hampton of the Illinois Black Panther Party.

Saturday, February 25 is Trenton Area Soup Kitchen “Trio Week Volunteering Day” where students who benefit from the TRIO programs give back to their local communities through acts of service. TRiO Upward Bound at MCCC will join Trio programs across the USA to raise awareness about the importance of educational opportunity for low-income, first-generation students. To participate in the TRIO day activities, please email dentons@mccc.edu or carabajm@mccc.edu.

Closing ceremonies take place on Tuesday, February 28 from 11:00am till 1:00pm at the West Windsor campus student cafeteria. This year’s closing ceremony event features renowned teacher and New Jersey activist Zellie Thomas who will speak about the impact of activism and advocacy in the Black community. The event will also be available to view through the Zoom conferencing platform at this link: https://mccc-edu.zoom.us/s/7305181386.

For a printable list of Black History Month events at MCCC please visit: https://mccc.edu/pdf/bhm2023.pdf.

Located at 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor, Mercer County Community College -- established in 1966 -- is a publicly supported comprehensive institution that provides opportunities for higher education through an open-door admission policy. The scenic 292-acre West Windsor Campus was opened in 1972 to serve the needs of Mercer County residents. James Kerney Campus, located in downtown Trenton, serves as an educational and cultural hub for city residents that meets the changing needs of thousands of students and community members seeking educational fulfillment and personal and career growth.



 
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EVENT CALENDAR

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Chris Pinnella - Sinatra: The Main Event

Saturday, February 04, 2023 @ 2:00pm
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60 Abe Voorhees, Manasquan, NJ 08736
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Chris Pinnella - Sinatra: The Main Event

Saturday, February 04, 2023 @ 8:00pm
Algonquin Arts Theatre
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category: music


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Between Two Knees

Saturday, February 04, 2023 @ 7:00pm
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91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: theatre


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DIRTY DEEDS – THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE

Saturday, February 04, 2023 @ 8:00pm
Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC)
30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
category: music


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Judy Gold

Saturday, February 04, 2023 @ 8:00pm
Avenel Performing Arts Center
150 Avenel Street, Avenel, NJ 07001
category: comedy


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THE MACHINE PERFORMS PINK FLOYD

Saturday, February 04, 2023 @ 8:00pm
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: music


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Jack Has a Plan - Online for 24 Hours and In-Person at 5PM!

Saturday, February 04, 2023 @ 5:00pm
NJ Film Festival
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: film


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Ocean City Monster Building – Online for 24 Hours and In-Person at 7PM!

Saturday, February 04, 2023 @ 7:00pm
NJ Film Festival
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: film


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