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Celebrate Black History Month with DCCCD

Last updated on October 8, 2019

In February, Dallas Community Colleges will be celebrating Black History Month with a variety of activities on our campuses. We’ll be hosting theater performances, movie screenings, guest lectures and more.

Brookhaven Events

Brookhaven will be hosting the following Black History Month events:

  • Tues., Feb. 16 – A “Speak Up! Black Lives Matter” discussion will take place in the Treetop Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wed., Feb. 9 – Black History Month trivia will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the S building lobby.
  • Wed., Feb. 17 – A performance of “A Celebration of the Poetry of Motown Music” will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Performance Hall.
  • Wed., Feb. 24 – Taste of Soul will featuring soul food samples and will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Treetop Café.

Cedar Valley Events

Cedar Valley‘s Black History Month events will consist of the following:

  • Mon., Feb. 15 – African American Read-in from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the library.
  • Thurs., Feb. 18 – Courtyard Conversations begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Courtyard.
  • Mon., Feb. 22 – The Student Leadership Institute will discuss the life Martin Luther King Jr. from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Performance Hall.

Eastfield Events

Eastfield will be hosting the following events in honor of Black History Month:

  • Wed., Feb. 3 – Dallas Black Dance Theater will perform at 11:15 a.m. in the Performance Hall.
  • Feb. 3-24 – African-American History Recital Series takes place at 12:30 p.m. in room F-117.
  • Mon., Feb. 8-26 – “A Piece of My Soul: Traditions of African American Quilts” will be displayed at the Eastfield Library, L-200.
  • Wed., Feb. 17 – “The Power of Words: Examining the Speeches of the Civil Rights Leaders” will be explored by Courtney Brazil, who teaches speech at Eastfield and Courtney Carter-Harbour, the school’s dean for office of student engagement and retention. The lecture is at 10:10 a.m. in Room G-101/102.
  • Thurs., Feb. 18 – Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to a visual arts presentation, “Yourself in the World: Exploring African-American Memories through Visual Arts.” Eastfield art teacher David Willburn will speak at 11 a.m. in G-101/102.
  • Tues., Feb. 23 – A read-in features motivational speaker and Trinidadian author Carolyn Correia, author of “Thinking Out Loud” and “How to Find Yourself & Claim What’s Yours.” She writes a blog for those seeking a deeper meaning to life. Correia will speak at 11 a.m. in Room G-101/102.
  • Wed., Feb. 24 – Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will host a transfer fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pit.

El Centro Events

El Centro will be hosting the following event in honor of Black History Month:

  • Fri., Feb. 25 – A spoken-word performance and dance, along with an African-American read-in, begins at 11:15 a.m. in the Performance Hall and Student Center. Refreshments will be served.

Mountain View Events

Black History Month events at Mountain View include:

  • Wed., Feb. 3 – “Carter High,” the 2015 movie about the noted Dallas High School football team that faced opponents on and off the field during their storied 1988 season, begins at 11 a.m. in the Performance Hall, followed by a panel discussion with the director and actors.
  • Tues., Feb. 9 – Students can screen “Black Magic,” a film that examines the Civil Rights era in America through the lens of historically black colleges. Mountain View Athletic Director Keith McKinnon will provide background. Pizza, popcorn and drinks will be served. The event starts at 12:30 p.m. in the Treetop Lounge.
  • Mon., Feb. 15 – African-American fraternities and sororities known as “The Divine Nine” will be showcased during an information fair and step show at 10 a.m. in the West Hallway. A luncheon and information session follows at 12:30 p.m. in room S1029/1030. “The Divine Nine” comprises members from Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Zeta Phi Beta, Phi Beta Sigma, Iota Phi Theta and Sigma Gamma Rho.
  • Wed., Feb. 17 – Humanities and music professor Dr. Janice Franklin will lecture on the influence of African-Americans in jazz, blues, rock, Tejano and country music. The lecture begins at 11:15 a.m. in room S1029/1030.
  • Wed., Feb. 24 – Celebrate the spoken word tradition with selected readings. The event begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Treetop Lounge. The goal is to make literacy a traditional part of the celebration. For more information, contact the office of student life at 214-860-8685.
  • Thurs, Feb. 25 – For historian, writer and music lover Sowande’ Mustakeem, teaching black history is more than a memorized song or chant. She will discuss her observations at 11 a.m. in a program titled “The Fire Unseen: Black History & Memory: the Era of Social Change.” The event takes place in the Treetop Lounge.
  • Fri., Feb. 26 – Mountain View professor Dr. Paul Benson will lead a tour of a plantation at historic Natchitoches Parish in Louisiana. During the one-day excursion, students will hear the unsung story of Marie-Therese Coincoin Metoyer, a freed slave, who owned a plantation in pre-Civil War Louisiana. Metoyer was born a slave, freed and later purchased her enslaved children and other relatives to work the land she owned. The trip to two Cane River plantations costs $50 and is due at the time of registration. Deadline is Feb. 19. All travel expenses including transportation, entrance fees and two meals are covered. To RSVP, contact the office of student life at 214-860-8685.

North Lake Events

North Lake will be hosting the following events:

  • Mon., Feb. 15 – South African singer, storyteller and author Rochelle Rabouin and her band Boitumelo will perform at 1:30 p.m. in the Gallery. Rabouin has toured with Earth, Wind and Fire, Clark Terry and the Gatlin Brothers. She also has published children’s books and performed in local theater productions.
  • Tues., Feb. 23 – Jazz, Rhythm & Blues will be presented by the North Lake College Jazz Band at 12:30 p.m. in the Gallery. The school’s vocal ensemble will follow with a medley of African-American songs.

Richland Events

Richland College will host these events:

  • Feb. 1-29 – Richland College will honor Black History Month with an exhibit featuring photographs from the now-defunct magazine, Sepia. The exhibit opens Feb. 1 and closes on Feb. 29. The school is collaborating with the African-American Museum in Fair Park to present the exhibition “Sepia: A Legacy in Photography.” The exhibit features 50 rare photographs from the Sepia’s archives. Sepia, a national magazine, began publishing in Fort Worth in 1947 and, for a time, rivaled Ebony. Sepia ceased publishing in 1983. The exhibition, in the Brazos Gallery, includes photographs of contemporary artists and headliners. Included are images of Malcolm X, Aretha Franklin, Richard Pryor and noted bullfighter Ricardo Chibanga. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. For more information, contact Spriggins at 972-238-6339 or at
  • Thurs., Feb. 11 – Legendary civil rights activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland will address civil rights and social justice at 11 a.m. in the Fannin Performance Hall, room 102. Mulholland was a freedom rider who protested segregation during the 1960s.
  • Tues., Feb. 16 – The legacy of civil rights leader Julian Bond will be discussed at 12:30 p.m. in Sabine Hall, Room 118.
  • Thurs., Feb. 25 – An African-American Read-in sponsored by the Richland College African-American Connection takes place at 12:30 p.m. in El Paso Hall Cafeteria.

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