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Washtenaw Community College celebrates Black History Month with virtual events in February

ANN ARBOUR, Mich. – Throughout February, Washtenaw Community College celebrates Black History Month with several free events open to the public.

Recognized since 1976, Black History Month highlights the influence and impacts of African Americans on United States history.

Five events, to be held over Zoom, are scheduled at the Ann Arbor Community College, ranging from poetry and literature to black history and genealogy.

“Black History Month is a time to celebrate black excellence and history, raise awareness of current experiences, and most importantly, a time to commemorate the debts endured by black Americans that have made a country opportunities that all Americans can benefit from,” the WCC said. Dean of Student Access, Success, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Eric Reed in a statement.

Find Zoom links for events here.

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Look: Unique ways to explore and celebrate black history

Here’s a breakdown of what’s going on:

ONE LOVE: POETRY OPEN MIC: Thursday, 2-3 p.m.

Community members can listen to Washtenaw Community College students, faculty, staff and alumni during a virtual open mic showcasing the work of the WCC Online anthology “One Love”.

HP JACOBS AT HBCU: Friday, 3-4 p.m.

James Egge, historian and professor at Eastern Michigan University, will discuss the impacts of Ypsilanti’s will, HP Jacobs, and the founding of Jackson State University. Alumni of historically black colleges and universities are encouraged to join us in sharing their experiences.

BLACK HISTORY AND STUDENT SUCCESS AT COE: Wednesday, February 23, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Employees and alumni of Washtenaw Community College will share their inspiring experiences at Ann Arbor College with attendees.

BELL HOOKS: MEN, PRISON AND A FEMINIST MOVEMENT: Friday February 25, 11am-12pm

Activist Cozine Welch will discuss the actions of incarcerated men who used the lessons of activist Gloria Jean Watkins, widely known as bell hooks, and how her influence helped change them. The event will focus on the documentary “The Feminist on Cellblock Y”. Potential participants are encouraged watch the movie before the event.

SEARCHING FOR YOUR AFRICAN-AMERICAN ANCESTORS: Wednesday, March 2, 2-3 p.m.

Jean Winborn, founder of the Washtenaw County African American Genealogy Association and WCC instructor, will teach attendees how to research their ancestry and genealogy.

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