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Past BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS

From Social Protest to Wakanda: Students Navigate Identities of the Past to New Possibilities

Nikita Y. Harris, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Communication & Information Sciences, University of Alabama

Dr. Nikita Y. Harris

Dr. Nikita Y. Harris

African American thought leaders, institutions and students have a rich history of enacting social protest movements that reconstructed the landscape of higher education throughout the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries for all students. History provides valuable lessons for contemporary change agents dating back to the greatest expansion of blacks in higher education after the Civil War to examining the recent nine-day student protest and sit-in at Howard University in 2018. This talk critically discusses three symbolic periods in history that ushered in new identities for what it meant to be Black and Educated in America: The Talented Tenth Era, White Ice Is Colder/I Deserve a Seat and The Millennial Pre-Awakening to a Wakandan Education. Harris creatively uses historical text, narratives, music and art to explore how social movements throughout history situated students as advocates for change. This presentation offers strategies for using history as a model to explore new ways of approaching socio-cultural and political change in higher education and beyond.


Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019
10:30-11:45 a.m.

South Omaha Campus
ITC Conference Center Room 120
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue
Omaha NE  68107

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-622-2253 for more information. 

Video & Discussion: The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement

Film discussion led by Rev. Kenneth A. Allen, Senior Pastor, Zion Baptist Church

The Barber of Birmingham

James Armstrong The Barber of Birmingham

Academy Award-nominated The Barber of Birmingham movingly portrays the unsung "foot soldiers" of the civil rights movement through the personal story of 85-year-old barber James Armstrong, who carried the American flag in the epic 1965 "Bloody Sunday" Selma voting rights march and spearheaded efforts to integrate public schools in Alabama.
 
Vividly illustrating the history and impact of the voting and civil rights movement through James Armstrong’s journey, the film is supplemented by commentary from prominent civil rights veterans as well as historical footage from the 1965 Selma march, Armstrong's campaign for school integration and Dr. King's famous "I've been to the mountain top" speech.

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
12:45-1:45 p.m.
South Omaha Campus
ITC Conference Center, room 120
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave.
Omaha NE  68107

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-622-2253 for more information. 

Drama: More than Neighbors

Denise Chapman, Associate Director of Performing Arts, The Union for Contemporary Art

More than Neighbors

A man and woman chat in kitchen in More than Neighbors play A man and woman chat in kitchen in More than Neighbors play Two women chat in kitch in More than Neighbors play

More Than Neighbors explores the expansion of Interstate 75 in the 1970’s, and its lasting repercussions on the North Omaha community. Told through the eyes of one Omaha family, Chapman’s play offers a multi-generational exploration of the destruction and resilience of a marginalized community, and sheds light on the wider implications of the ghettoizing of America’s inner cities through federally imposed Urban Renewal projects and red lining. Infused with the policies and procedures of the City of Omaha which resulted in the displacement of families, businesses and tight-knit neighborhoods, the play explores the memories and perspectives of those who participated in, and were impacted by the dramatic construction of the North Freeway in Omaha.

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
7-8:30 p.m.

Swanson Conference Center, room 201
5300 North 30th Street
Omaha NE  68111

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-622-2253 for more information. 

Musical Theatre: Of Ebony Embers—Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance

The Core Ensemble

Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Jelly Roll Morton

Duke Ellington Billy Strayhorn Jelly Roll Morton
 

Celebrate the100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance and theatre work of three great African American poets (Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay) through the eyes of renowned painter and muralist Aaron Douglas (the “Father of Black Art”). The musical score is drawn from great composers of the Jazz Age (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Jelly Roll Morton) and African American composers of classical music.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
12:30–1:45 p.m.

Elkhorn Valley Campus, room 114
829 North 204th Street   
Elkhorn NE  68022

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
6:30-7:45 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus
Swanson Conference Center
5300 North 30th Street
Omaha NE  68111

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-622-2253 for more information.

The Green Motorist Book

Lawrence Ross, bestselling author, lecturer, writer, filmmaker, social media and consumer trends expert

The Green Motorist book presented by Lawrence Ross

The Negro Motorist Green-Book Lawrence Ross
 

The Green Motorist book, a travel guide created by Victor Green in the 1930s was designed for African Americans navigating the dangerous world of segregation. The book showed black people where safe refuge could be found in private homes, black-owned hotels and restaurants and where a family could get some gas.
 
Learn about Lawrence Ross’ experiences as he used a 1953 version of the Green Motorist book, the same book used by his mother’s family to travel across the country, retracing the route from Los Angeles to Virginia during the summer of 2017. Experience his amazing, mundane, but always fascinating adventures.

Thursday, March 14
6:30-8:00 p.m.
 
South Omaha Campus
ITC Conference Center, Room 120
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue
Omaha NE  68107

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-622-2253 for more information. 

All events are free and open to the public. Questions? Call 531-MCC-2253 or email bvelazquez@mccneb.edu.

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