Feb. 1

Feb. 1, 2017





Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager





Black History Month events at MCC to provoke thought, discussion


OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College will play host to a number of Black History Month events in the coming weeks. Events will feature discussions, panels and thoughtful speakers on the history and current state of African-American affairs and political climate in the United States. All of the events are free and open to the public at various MCC campuses.


“The Impact of Race and Gender on the 2016 Presidential Election” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, 6:30-8 p.m. in Building 22 of the Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd and Sorensen Parkway. D’Andra Orey, Ph.D., of Jackson State University will present research in the area of race and politics and the role it played in the election.


A discussion will take place following a video, “Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race” on Monday, Feb. 6, 10:30-11:50 a.m. in Room 114 at the College’s Elkhorn Valley Campus, 829 N. 204th St. The NEH-funded documentary tells the story about a mayoral election in Los Angeles, where Tom Bradley became the first African-American elected to the position in the city. 


Another event will give attendees the chance to meet Bishop Vashti McKenzie of African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Bishop McKenzie was appointed by former President Barack Obama to serve on the inaugural President’s Advisory Council of the White House Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She’s also the author of five books and a well-known preacher honored for her leadership. Meet Bishop McKenzie on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6:30-8 p.m. in Room 120 of the Industrial Training Center at the South Omaha Campus, 27th and Q streets.


For more information on these events, contact 531-MCC-2253 or bvelazquez@mccneb.edu.




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.