In celebration of Black History Month, Richland Community College will be highlighting a series of events for its students, faculty and staff. All events are FREE and open to the public. We will be adding events throughout the month so please visit this page often for more information.

Millikin University presents The Intersectionality Project

The Intersectionality Project is a series of conversations that consist of real-life stories from people who can speak to the intersections of underrepresented and marginalized identities. The focus of the Intersectionality Project in February is the lived experiences of Black/African American people and features Dr. Ngozi Onuora.

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Black History Trivia

Wednesday Trivia

If you love trivia why not try one of our Black History Trivia events this month. Each Wednesday of this month Student Engagement will host a trivia event so be sure to check your email for details.

60 Questions in 60 Minutes

Get ready Richland CC for the “60 in 60” Trivia Game Show! 60 minutes. 60 questions. $60 in Amazon Gift Cards to the top 3 players, plus another $60 ($30 each) to two other “mystery” players!
February 16 at 7pm

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin King Jr. presented by Marcus Gentry

Wednesday, February 24
“The time is always right to do what is right”
In this engaging and inspirational presentation, Marcus Gentry introduces his audience to the people, places and events that influenced and significantly impacted the life of Dr. King. This keynote covers the timeline from 1929 – present day and will emphasize the three dominant principles that embodies the spirit of Dr. King’s life and legacy. The conclusion of this presentation brings clarity to the overwhelming relevance of the historical events of the past, to present day.

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Richland Community College’s Black History Spotify Playlist

Visit our playlist and take a musical journey across genres to listen to some of the most phenomenal songs created by black artists.  From songs that cover political resistance to sing out loud and dance anthems, this list is sure to be one of your favorites.

Discussions in Diversity – Race In America – Presented by Black Hawk College

You are invited to attend “Discussions in Diversity – Race in America” by Dr. Paul Croll, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and social welfare at Augustana College on February 25 at noon.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

Richland Community College Alumni Association Student Spotlights

During Black History Month, the Alumni Association will celebrate the successes that have been achieved by alumni from Richland Community College. This did not come without trial and tribulation and our black alumni have created a tremendous legacy at Richland and in our community. We look forward to sharing their stories and why they make us #RichlandProud. If you would like to be featured in our alumni spotlight, please complete this short survey by CLICKING HERE.

Check out these FREE Smithsonian Online events:

Historically Speaking: Four Hundred Souls – A Conversation with Ibram Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
Tuesday, Feb 2 at 7pm
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Innovative Lives: Uncharted Power
Wednesday, Feb 10 at 4pm
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#TakeTimeThursday: Finding the Harriet in You
Thursday, Feb 11 at 2:30pm
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#TakeTimeThursday: The Man, The Movement, The Museum: A Look into the Life of John Kinard
Thursday, Feb 18 at 2:30pm
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Wind Down Wednesday: Good Trouble
Wednesday, Feb 24 at 5pm
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Black history film suggestions:

Freedom Summer

In 1964, less than 7% of Mississippi’s African Americans were registered to vote, compared to between 50 and 70% in other southern states. In many rural counties, African Americans made up the majority of the population and the segregationist white establishment was prepared to use any means necessary to keep them away from the polls and out of elected office.

Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws in order to test and challenge a segregated interstate travel system, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.

Eugene Bullard: History’s First Black Pilot

The National Arts Club hosts a conversation with Phil Keith and Tom Clavin, authors of the acclaimed biography “All Blood Runs Red.” The book recounts the previously untold story of history’s first Black fighter pilot Eugene Bullard.

The Murder of Emmett Till

In August 1955, a 14-year-old black boy whistled at a white woman in a grocery store in Money, Mississippi. Emmett Till, a teen from Chicago, didn’t understand that he had broken the unwritten laws of the Jim Crow South until three days later, when two white men dragged him from his bed in the dead of night, beat him brutally and then shot him in the head. Although his killers were arrested and charged with murder, they were both acquitted quickly by an all-white, all-male jury. Shortly afterwards, the defendants sold their story, including a detailed account of how they murdered Till, to a journalist. The murder and the trial horrified the nation and the world. Till’s death was a spark that helped mobilize the Civil Rights movement. Three months after his body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, the Montgomery bus boycott began.

Goin’ Back to T-Town – Premieres February 8

Goin’ Back to T-Town tells the story of Greenwood, an extraordinary Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that prospered during the 1920s and 30s despite rampant and hostile segregation. Torn apart in 1921 by one of the worst racially-motivated massacres in the nation’s history, the neighborhood rose from the ashes, and by 1936 boasted the largest concentration of Black-owned businesses in the U.S., known as “Black Wall Street.” Ironically, it could not survive the progressive policies of integration and urban renewal of the 1960s. Told through the memories of those who lived through the events, the film is a bittersweet celebration of small-town life and the resilience of a community’s spirit.

Voice of Freedom – Premieres February 15

On Easter Sunday, 1939, contralto Marian Anderson stepped up to a microphone in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Inscribed on the walls of the monument behind her were the words “all men are created equal.” Barred from performing in Constitution Hall because of her race, Anderson would sing for the American people in the open air. Hailed as a voice that “comes around once in a hundred years” by maestros in Europe and widely celebrated by both white and black audiences at home, her fame hadn’t been enough to spare her from the indignities and outright violence of racism and segregation. Voice of Freedom interweaves Anderson’s rich life story with this landmark moment in history, exploring fundamental questions about talent, race, fame, democracy, and the American soul.

Black History Suggestions from our Richland Library

Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf
Lane Demas

This groundbreaking history of African Americans and golf explores the role of race, class, and public space in golf course development, the stories of individual black golfers during the age of segregation, the legal battle to integrate public golf courses, and the little-known history of the United Golfers Association (UGA) – a black golf tour that operated from 1925-1975. Lane Demas charts how African Americans nationwide organized social campaigns, filed lawsuits, and went to jail in order to desegregate courses; he also provides little-known, dramatic stories of golfers who boldly confronted wider segregation more broadly in their local communities. As national civil rights organizations debated golf’s symbolism and whether or not to pursue the game’s integration, black players and caddies took matters into their own hands and helped shape its subculture, while UGA participants forged one of the most durable black sporting organizations in American history as they fought to join the white Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). From George F. Grant’s invention of the golf tee in 1899, to the dominance of superstar Tiger Woods in the 1990s, this accessible and comprehensive work challenges stereotypes and indeed the fundamental story of race and golf in American culture.

Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism
Jelani M. Favors

For generations, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been essential institutions for the African American community. Their nurturing environments not only provided educational advancement but also catalyzed the Black freedom struggle, forever altering the political destiny of the United States. In this book, Jelani M. Favors offers a history of HBCUs from the 1837 founding of Cheyney State University to the present, told through the lens of how they fostered student activism. Favors chronicles the development and significance of HBCUs through stories from institutions such as Cheyney State University, Tougaloo College, Bennett College, Alabama State University, Jackson State University, Southern University, and North Carolina A&T. He demonstrates how HBCUs became a refuge during the oppression of the Jim Crow era and illustrates the central role their campus communities played during the civil rights and Black Power movements. Throughout this definitive history of how HBCUs became a vital seedbed for politicians, community leaders, reformers, and activists, Favors emphasizes what he calls an unwritten “second curriculum” at HBCUs, one that offered students a grounding in idealism, racial consciousness, and cultural nationalism.

The African American Sonnet: A Literary History
Timo Müller

Some of the most famous African American poems are sonnets: Claude McKay’s “If We Must Die,” Countee Cullen’s “Yet Do I Marvel,” Gwendolyn Brooks’s “First fight. Then fiddle.” Few readers realize that these poems come from a rich tradition of more than a thousand sonnets written by African American poets over a century and a half. The African American Sonnet: A Literary History traces this forgotten tradition from the nineteenth century to the present. Based on extensive archival research, the study demonstrates that closer attention to the sonnet modifies our understanding of key developments in African American literary history. Each chapter addresses such a development: the struggle over the legacy of the Civil War, the trajectories of Harlem Renaissance protest, the tensions between folk art and transnational perspectives in the thirties, the vernacular modernism of the post-war period, the cultural nationalism of the Black Arts movement, and the disruptive strategies of recent experimental poetry. Throughout this rich history, the study argues, sonnets have been “troubling spaces” in more ways than one. The sonnet became a contested space when black poets appropriated the “scanty plot of ground” (Wordsworth) from which they had long been excluded. The sonnets written by these poets troubled the material and discursive boundaries African Americans have been facing in a society organized around racial inequality. The confrontation and subversion of boundaries is inscribed into the very structure of the sonnet, which made it a preferred testing ground for such strategies in the literary realm.

From Kanopy

A Feast For the Eyes, Ears, And Heart, March 26, 2001 Reviewer: Angela Jefferson (see more about me) from Memphis, Tn USA In the opening of her film, Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash alerts the viewer that this is no ordinary African American story. Conversely, this is an American history lesson with African origins. A small informative note at the start of the film puts the entire movie in context. Without this explanatory foreword, many viewers would probably find the film hard to understand. Though the movie tells the story of the Peazant family’s migration from the sea islands of the South, the story also gives a panoramic view of the Gullah culture at-large. Because the islands are isolated from the mainland states, the Gullah retain a distinct African ethnicity and culture. Ironically, the Peazants want to rid themselves of the old ways and heritage, thus beginning an exodus from the islands to the mainland.

Through a Lens Darkly

The first documentary to explore the American family photo album through the eyes of black photographers, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history to discover images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. From slavery to the present, these extraordinary images unveil a world confronting the difficult edges of citizenship and what it means to be human. Inspired by Deborah Willis’s book Reflections in Black and featuring works by Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a community of storytellers who collectively transform singular experiences into a journey of discovery—and a call to action.

Check this out – The cooking gene : a journey through African American culinary history in the Old South
Twitty, Michael

Available at Kitty Lindsay Learning Resources Center Book Stacks (E185.89.F66 T95 2017).

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