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For immediate release — Feb. 1, 2020

(DALLAS) — Choirs, film screenings, even a showcase titled “The Black Experience” make up some of the events by the seven colleges of Dallas County Community College District’s annual celebration of Black History Month.  DCCCD colleges are highlighting historic and cultural events for all students. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Brookhaven College

  • Thursday, Feb. 6 – “Voices of Praise: A Black History Month Celebration” features choirs from the DFW area singing black gospel songs from 11 a.m. – noon in the Commons Courtyard.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11 – Black History Month Film Series presents “Dear White People,” from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in Room B240.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12 – The Black Market brings together black-owned businesses from the DFW area, including doctors, lawyers, caterers and musicians, to market their brands from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Building S Lobby.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Black History Month Film Series presents “I Am Not Your Negro,” from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in Room B240.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 – A Taste of Soul Music and Food: The Black Experience Finale, presents music, food, vendors and a fashion show displaying black trends.

For additional information about these events, email or call the Office of Student Life at 972-860-4115.

Cedar Valley College

  • Monday, Feb. 3 – Black History Month Kickoff Celebration features a traditional New Orleans-style “Second Line” winding its way throughout campus. Lower B at 10:45 a.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 7 – Hope Summit is a critical community summit focused on restoring hope to returning citizens who have been a part of the criminal justice system, with emphasis on criminal justice reform and the need for systemic change. Performance Hall from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 10 – Friday, Feb. 14 – Guided Pathways Through Black History Art Gallery. Across campus.
  • Thursday, Feb. 13 – Express Yourself Poetry Slam. D100 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Health and Well-being Fair and Symposium, open to the entire community. Buildings A, B, C and D from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 20 – National CTE Signing Day celebrates the value of a technical education. Similar to athletic signings, the event lets new students for the 2020-2021 school year ink their intentions to attend Cedar Valley College. Performance Hall from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 21 – African American Advisory Meeting, a strategy session to develop an African American Advisory Committee. Performance Hall from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Family Reunion serves as a culmination of Black History Month events at Cedar Valley with a family reunion-style cookout featuring grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, games and a Soul Food Cookoff contest. Gym from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Rolanda Price at or Nakia Merrill at Cedar Valley College is located 3030 N. Dallas Ave., Lancaster.

Eastfield College

  • Sunday, Feb. 2 – Friday, Feb. 28 - Art Exhibit: “The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement”: An exhibition illustrating the civil rights movement's enduring significance by focusing on the people and the events that made it possible. Features photographs, facsimiles of landmark documents and quotations by movement leaders. G Building Hallway.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4 - HBCU Transfer Fair: Discuss transfer opportunities with representatives of historically black colleges and universities. Also: the history of HBCUs, members of the Divine Nine Greek Letter Organizations, the Lancaster ISD Marching Band, Greek steppers and snacks. The Hive and C135 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Recital Series - F117 at 1 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5 - Bronwen Forbay, Soprano
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12 - Tony Baker Jazz Quartet
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19 - George Anderson Jazz Quartet
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 - Barbara Hill Moore Vocal Studio


  • Thursday, Feb. 6 - Dallas Black Dance With a Taste of Soul: The oldest continuously operating professional dance company in Dallas performs mini concerts on "African Americans and the Vote." The Hive from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 7, 14 - Popcorn Pop-Up Film Festivals: “I Am Not Your Negro” and “Freedom Summer”: Film festival of documentaries on the right to vote and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. L208 from 12:30 – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17 - "Voting Matters" and "Barber of Birmingham." VlBee Lounge from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18 - "Voting Matters" and "Barber of Birmingham." Pleasant Grove Campus Community Room from 11 a.m. – Noon.
  • Monday, Feb. 10 - Black Business Expo: Tribute to Black Wall Street: Support our African American entrepreneurs in the DFW small business community and help black businesses stay in business. Vendors will be on campus promoting their merchandise, products and services. C135 and The Hive from 12:30 – 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11 - The Great Debate Continues: Engaging conversation from the black male and female perspective as it relates to our plight during slavery, the civil rights movement, voter registration and the hip-hop era. Door prizes and refreshments. S100 from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12 - The Fight to Vote: Presenter the Rev. Peter Johnson: Plan to be inspired by a living history book. Meet the Rev. Peter Johnson, one of Dallas' last living links to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s purpose-driven mission of nonviolence for justice. S100 from 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 13 - Shotguns, Sheep and Sheets: Presented by Dr. Janice Franklin: Unwashed stories seldom told. Spotlighting the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. C297 from 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 - What Black History Means to Me: The Video: Staff and faculty share personal experiences and self-reflections of the significance and impact of living within institutionalized America. VlBee Lounge from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 20 - Drop the Mic: Expressions in Freestyle and Swing Therapy: Share your favorite original poem or essay, play an instrument or learn to swing dance. C135 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 - Our Future Needs Our Stories: This interactive, three-hour workshop by Young Professionals of Color allows students of color to tell their stories to counteract dominant narratives, define their identity and take the first steps to creating change in their community. Location TBD from 2 – 5 p.m.

For more information, contact the Eastfield College Office of Student Engagement and Retention at Eastfield College is located at 3737 Motley Drive in Mesquite.

El Centro College

  • Monday, Feb. 17 – Cardiovascular Screenings: Employees covered on the DCCCD insurance plan can receive free a cardiovascular screening to help identify potential risks that could lead to a stroke or heart attack. B269 from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 24 – Swing-Out Dance Instruction and Slam Poetry: Students will learn the history and significance of swing-out in the African American culture. There will also be an opportunity for students to perform spoken word. Student Center from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Common Book Kickoff Event: Students can pick up copies of this year’s Common Book, “March: Book One,” and learn about its author, Congressman John Lewis, as well as this year’s speaker, Minnijean Brown-Trickey. Student Center from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Black History Month Program will feature a special stage performance by the African American Repertory Theater Dallas and the Black Wall Street vendor fair. 11:15 a.m.

For more information, contact Shanee Moore at El Centro College is located at 801 Main St. in downtown Dallas.

Mountain View College

  • Monday, Feb. 3 - Black History Month Kickoff and Black Wall Street: Celebrate Black History with performances by Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Group. Additionally, the Black Student Alliance will host their second annual Black Wall Street — a vendor fair featuring African American business owners. S Cafeteria and W hallway from noon – 2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 – “When They See Us” – Four-part movie screening (BHM): Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story; directed by Ava Duvernay. S1029/1030 at 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12 - African American Read in (BHM): Highlights literary works by African American authors and an open mic! Lunch provided for participants. We welcome you to read. Hosted by Darius Frasure, featuring performances by Fatima Hirsi and Alejandro Perez. Treetop from 2-4 p.m
  • Friday, Feb. 14 - Remembering Black Dallas Bus Tour: Freedmen Town Tour - Covers all Freedmen's towns in Dallas and the metroplex: State Thomas, Joppa, 10th street, Bear Creek and others. $10 fee for participants; to RSVP, visit Student Life S 1032. Off campus from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19 - Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Screening: Author Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, history, America and the human condition. Treetop at 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 24 - 50 Years of Essence Magazine featuring Susan L. Taylor, former editor: Celebrating the legacy of Essence magazine and its contributions to American culture and the Black Girl Magic. B149 at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 - Black History Month Lecture - Dr. Janice Franklin - 50 Years of Black History in the Arts (BHM and 50th): Dr. Janice Franklin explores the Dallas landscape for African Americans during the 70s when MVC was founded and takes us on a journey of Black History as it relates to arts and culture over the last half century. B149 at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Jill Lain by email at Mountain View College is located at 4849 W. Illinois Ave. in Dallas.

North Lake College

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Voting in the Jim Crow Era, presented by Dr. Roy Vu. A206 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 13 – The Power of the Vote in the African American Church, presented by Dr. Darryl Howard. A206 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 20 – African American and Latinx Coalition for Voting Rights in Dallas, presented by instructor James Duran. A206 at 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Racism, Prejudice and Implicit Bias, presented by Dr. Sherry Boyd and  instructor Rebecca Escoto. A206 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 5 – Mississippi Burning: African Americans and the Vote in Mississippi, presented by Dr. Malcolm Frierson. A206 at 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 11 – Voting and Mass Incarceration, presented by Dr. Beth Nikopoulos. A206 at 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Tremaya Reynolds at 214-273-3464. North Lake College is located at 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving.

Richland College

  • Monday, Feb. 3 – Opening Reception, hosted by African American Connection, Black Student Association and Student Life. Brazos Gallery at noon.
  • Thursday, Feb. 6 – How They See Us: Brown Bag Discussion, hosted by African American Connection. Sabine 117 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 13 – How We Show Up: Professional Networking Workshop, hosted by Corporate Executive Consultant, Black Student Association, Career and Technical Education and Career Services. Career Center E090 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 20 – Transforming Pain Into Purpose: A Conversation With Lavinia Masters, hosted by Black Student Association, Equity Richland and Student Life. Sabine 117 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22 – Birmingham: An Epiphany Experience, features Dale Long and Delores Elder-Jones as guest speakers. Long is a survivor of the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Ala. Elder-Jones, a Richland College retiree, was near the location of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968. The event is free and open to the public. Richland College – Garland campus gallery from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25 – “When They See Us”: Film Discussion, hosted by Black Student Association and Equity Richland. Sabine 118 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 5 – Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education Conference, hosted by Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education. Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Farmers Branch, at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Life at 972-238-6130. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. The Garland campus is located at 675 W. Walnut St. in Garland.

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