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black history month kick-off: the Crown Act: Outlawing Race-Based Hair Discrimination

Adjoa Asamoah, multiple award-winning social impact strategist and leading authority on racial equity

Hair discrimination is a prevalent form of racial discrimination. Many “race neutral” grooming and dress code policies in the workplace and schools perpetuate racial inequity. There have been countless cases where Black people (students and employees alike) have been discriminated against for wearing natural hair and or protective styles, including but not limited to braids, locs, twists, Bantu knots, afros, etc.!
Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair (CROWN) Act is the “legislative fix” to the longstanding problematic practice of race-based hair discrimination.
On our campus, we are committed to advancing equity and creating an inclusive environment. This special session will highlight one of the many ways we’re doing just that.

No recording is available for this program.

When We Free the World: Making the Case for Love, Real Diversity & Inclusion, and A New Kind of Leadership

Kevin Powell, poet, journalist, author

Kevin Powell is one of the most celebrated political, cultural, literary, and hip-hop voices in America today. The Jersey City product of a single mother, absent father, horrific poverty, and violence, he was able to study at Rutgers University in his home state of New Jersey due to the Educational Opportunity Fund, a program created during the Civil Rights Movement to benefit poor youth. Says Kevin, “Just to be able to get to college, to be exposed to a new world, a new way, changed my life forever, and I am forever grateful for the chance.” Kevin has authored 14 books, including When We Free The World, his new short essay collection about freedom, justice, and equality in America; and his critically acclaimed autobiography, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood, which is being adapted for the screen. One of his upcoming books will be a biography of Tupac Shakur, who Kevin interviewed several times while a senior writer for Vibe.

This recorded program is only accessible to MCC personnel and students using their MCC ID and login credentials.
Watch When We Free the World


Dr. Alicia Odewale, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Tulsa, African Diaspora Archaeologist, Live Speaker for National Geographic

Last year, 2021 marked 100 years since the 1921 Attack on Greenwood destroyed what was commonly known as Black Wall Street, one of the most prosperous Black communities in the early twentieth century. In the wake of renewed public interest in this story the nation is fixated on unearthing evidence of trauma and violence done to this historic community. However, a new collaborative archaeology project titled “Mapping Historical Trauma in Tulsa from 1921 to 2021” remains focused on finding signs of life and recovery in the aftermath of the massacre, as the Greenwood community rebuilt their homes, businesses and churches and continue to fight against erasure and gentrification in the present day. Join Dr. Odewale (a native Tulsan, archaeologist, educator, and descendant of a survivor) as she continues to utilize community-centered, restorative justice, anti-racist and Black feminist archaeology methods to examine the aftermath of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. She will present some preliminary results of this collaborative research including the use of restorative justice archaeology and surviving cultural landscapes to bear witness to trauma and erasure that is no longer visible above ground. Using archaeology as a tool for social justice, this field has the power to reclaim and reimagine that which was taken by violence. Blending archaeology, history, radical mapping, and digital humanities provides a way to not only visualize the impact of the massacre through time but share a greater story of Black resilience through time.

A recording of this lecture is not available. The Question and Answer discussion is recorded at:
Connect to the Q & A discussion: Archaeology in the Shadow of a Massacre

Performance: UNBOUGHT

Chamber Music Theatre by the Core Ensemble

“Unbought” presents the dramatic stories of three African American women: journalist and women’s suffrage activist Ida B. Wells, Thomas Jefferson’s slave and concubine Sally Hemings and Shirley Chisolm, the first African American in the U.S. Congress and the first African American woman to run for President. The music is drawn from classical, jazz, and popular works by African American women composers. The title of the show comes from Shirley Chisholm’s memoir, “Unbought and Unbossed”.

View the Question & Answer session: Unbought

Video & Discussion: Inside Buffalo

Discussion led by Eldridge (Rick) Bell M.A., MCC Academic Advisor

Reconstructing for the first time an important piece of African American history and placing it within the context of Civil Rights history, INSIDE BUFFALO, an award-winning feature film, Best Documentary at Black International Cinema Berlin, tells the story of the 92nd Buffalo Division, the all African American segregated combat unit that fought with outstanding heroism in Italy during the Second World War.

They were called "Buffalo Soldiers." These men fought two wars at the same time, one against the Nazis, the other against racial discrimination. And those who survived found that their contributions went unnoticed upon their return to United States of America.

Director Fred Kuwornu, an Italian filmmaker of African heritage, searches out little-known aspects of the story, including details of the friendships forged between African American soldiers and the Italian partisan fighters and villagers they liberated from fascist rule. It is a 2008 meeting with Spike Lee - who was shooting "Miracle at St. Anna" on location in Tuscany, that inspired Kuwornu to start this very personal voyage of discovery culminating in the powerful documentary.

The last living African-American soldier awarded the Medal of Honor in WWII, Vernon Baker, recounts vividly his war-time experiences and the heroism of his unit.

MCC personnel and students may access this streaming video by using steps below:

  1. Going to the MCC Library website:
  2. Click on the Streaming Videos tab
  3. Click on the blue “Streaming Videos” link
  4. Click on Microsoft Stream or Docuseek. 
  5. Search by video title---Inside Buffalo

Connect to the Q & A discussion: Inside Buffalo


Moderated by Karen Johns, Adjunct Professor, University of Nebraska Omaha, Retired, Omaha Public Schools

A host of local and Native Omaha African American authors share their literary works and participate in a discussion about their books and experiences as writers. Authors include Paul Bryant, Charlene Butts Ligon, Charlotte Duncan-Wagner, Barbara Freeman, Brandie Hollingsworth, Todd Hunter, Dr. LaTonya Jackson, Tasha Sarver, Ronnette Smith, David Washington & DM Whitaker.

Youtube link to watch Black History month Virtual Book Fair

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.