Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CCC's 2017 Black History Month celebration will be highlighted by the one-man stage play "Moon Over Malcolm" performed by actor Phil Wallace, pictured left, Feb. 6 as well as a performance by renown flutist and jazz lecturer Galen Abdur-Razzaq, pictured right, Feb. 16.
CLARKSDALE – In honor of February’s designation as Black History Month, Coahoma Community College is continuing its tradition of providing culturally enriching and educational activities for its campus and the community.
As part of this year’s month-long celebration designed to highlight the history and achievements of African Americans, CCC’s Division of Academic Affair’s Black History Month committee has planned a series of events, themed “The Crisis in Black Education.”
The celebration will be highlighted by the stage play “Moon Over Malcolm”, hosted at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, in the Whiteside Hall Lecture Room, as well as a performance entitled ”Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement” by renowned flutist Galen "Flute Juice" Abdur-Razzaq at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Whiteside Hall Lecture Room.
Both events, sponsored by CCC’s Lyceum Committee, are free and open to the public.
“We are excited about the array of events and activities we have planned this year in honor of Black History Month,” said CCC English Chair Vera Griffin, who also serves as chairman of the Black History Month committee. “Our committee has been working really hard to come up with activities that we think the campus and the community will enjoy.”
“Moon over Malcolm” is a one-man show that studies civil rights activist Malcolm X and how he was able to recreate his life through what he believed was the power of the written and spoken word.
Through characterization, speeches, singing and dance, Memphis actor Phil Darius Wallace will tell the inspirational story of how a man transformed his life to find his truth.
Galen Abdur-Razzaq is an extraordinary flutist with an extensive career. He is also a riveting speaker on the history of jazz and has performed at colleges and universities for over 30 years.
Incorporating music performances and lectures, Galen Abdur-Razzaq’s performance will provide an understanding and appreciation of the genre and its historical significance.
Other events scheduled for the month are as follow:
A free screening of the 2016 critically acclaimed movie “Birth of a Nation” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Georgia Lewis Theater.
Heart disease & stroke is the No. 1 killer in women, and stroke disproportionately affects African-Americans. To help bring awareness, CCC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to "Go Red for Women" Friday, Feb. 3, in support of National Wear Red Day.
CCC students, faculty and staff will travel to the Malco Desoto 16 movie theater in Southaven, MS, Thursday, Feb. 9, for a viewing of the film “Hidden Figures”. The bus is scheduled to depart at 1:30 p.m. from Whiteside Hall.
CCC’s Honors Program will host a colloquia entitled “Living History: 50 Years After Integration” featuring former Grenada, MS Mayor Dianna Freelon-Foster at noon Friday, Feb. 17, in the Georgia Lewis Theater.
A special Black History program will be held from 9:20 to 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Pinnacle. Anne Clark, CCC’s dean of career and technical education, will highlight the event as the guest speaker.
CCC student will face-off in a speech competition based on the topic, “The Crisis in Black Education” at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the Whiteside Hall Lecture Room.
For questions or more information, contact Griffin at (662) 621-4270.