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Jan. 23

Jan. 23, 2020


Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
531-MCC-2876, office
402-960-0697, cell


MCC begins Black History Month on Jan. 28 with discussion on voting

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College will host “Black History Month Kick-Off: African Americans and the Vote” on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Swanson Conference Center inside the Institute for the Culinary Arts on the Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway. Maurice J. Hobson, Ph.D., an associate professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University, will be the featured speaker. The event will also feature musical entertainment by local artist Kathy Tyree. 

Hobson will explore the history of Black America and voting after the American Civil War. Focusing on voter suppression that has impacted Black communities, he will detail the emergence of the Black New South and will address the realities of contemporary African American communities. 

The educational event is free and open to the public. A meet and greet with a hors d’oeuvres buffet will begin at 6 p.m. Stay tuned for future announcements regarding Black History Month events at MCC. 


About Maurice J. Hobson, Ph.D.

Hobson earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has served as an expert witness in court cases and as a voice of insight for documentaries, films, movies, public historical markers, monuments and museum exhibitions. 


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.