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Cultural Awareness Week showcases CCC’s past, present and future
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College is gearing up to celebrate its annual Cultural Awareness Week with several events that will include two exciting plays, a powerful gospel concert featuring a “Sunday’s Best” singing sensation, the premiere of a Tiger-inspired talk show and the institution’s 67th Founders’ Day celebration.

Cultural Awareness Week showcases CCC’s past, present and future

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Tue Mar 29, 2016

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CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College is gearing up to celebrate its annual Cultural Awareness Week with several events that will include two exciting plays, a powerful gospel concert featuring a “Sunday’s Best” singing sensation, the premiere of a Tiger-inspired talk show and the institution’s 67th Founders’ Day celebration.

The annual week-long celebration is set aside as a time for CCC students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community to reflect on the college’s past while highlighting the present and celebrating the future.

Themed “Coahoma: Honoring History, Embracing the Present, Fulfilling Dreams”, this year’s events will run Monday, April 4, through Friday, April 8 with several events open to the campus as well as the public.

Monday, April 4: Dream Possible Day

The week will kick off at 10 a.m. in the Pinnacle with a culmination of students, faculty, staff and an unconventional motivational speaker Keith L. Brown.

Early in life, Brown, also known as “Mr. I’m Possible,” was identified as an “at risk” special education student because he “talked too much, was too hyper, and wanted to give all the answers”. Ironically, these are a few of the same traits that made him a hit on the legendary “Showtime at the Apollo” and a contestant on the popular “Family Feud” game show.

Today, Brown is a well-known speaker, consultant, award-winning author and change agent. From “special ed” to “specialty speaker”, from “at risk” to “taking risks”— Brown’s presentation is one that you don’t want to miss!

The day’s event will also feature a Career Connect College Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Zee A. Barron Student Union and a free Movie Matinee at 3:25 p.m. in the Georgia Lewis Theater that will emphasize making dreams a reality while giving lessons of cultural diversity and history.

Tuesday, April 5: Honoring The Past, Embracing The Future

CCC invites you to be a part of the live audience that will witness the premiere of “Dr. T’s Talk Show” at noon in the Georgia Lewis Theater.

Rivaling you favorite on-air talk shows, Dr. T’s Talk Show will highlight the past, present and future successes of Coahoma while featuring special guests and entertainment. The show promises to be fun, entertaining and informing, as it pays homage to the past while highlighting the diversity of CCC’s rich heritage.

The evening will conclude with a one-man stage play by Darius Wallace about the life and times of Fredrick Douglass. The free play, entitled “The Starry Road to Freedom” will be hosted at 6:30 p.m. in the Georgia Lewis Theater.

Wednesday, April 6: A Celebration: From Whence We’ve Come to Where We Are

CCC’s Founders’ Day Celebration will be hosted at 10 a.m. in the Pinnacle. In addition to paying homage to CCC’s founders, the program will celebrate retirees and employees reaching years of service milestones.

The keynote speaker for the event is United States Congressman Bennie Thompson.

A former Bolton mayor and Hinds County supervisor, Thompson was first elected to Congress in 1993. In 2006, the Mississippian was named the first Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee.

In addition, Congressman Thompson has served on the U.S. House Agriculture, Budget and Small Business Committees.

After graduating from Tougaloo College, Thompson followed in the footsteps of his mother and worked as a schoolteacher. From 1968 to 1972, he served as a Bolton alderman in his hometown and the city’s mayor from 1973 to 1980. He holds a master’s degree from Jackson State University.

Thompson has logged 26 years of service as a volunteer firefighter in his native Mississippi. For decades, he’s been an aggressive advocate for law enforcement and first responders. He and his wife, London Johnson of Mound Bayou, are the parents of one daughter, BendaLonne, one granddaughter, Jeanna, and one grandson, Thomas Gordon.

The day’s festivities will cap off at 7 p.m. with the CCC Choral Department’s annual Spring Concert, hosted at New Covenant Baptist Church in Clarksdale.

In addition to the melodic voices of CCC’s choir, the concert will feature renowned gospel recording artist and season four winner of BET’s “Sunday Best” Amber Bullock.

Thursday, April 7: Party with a Purpose

The day will kick off with the “Happy, Healthy Birthday Party”, a social event sponsored by CCC’s “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) Tobacco-Free Taskforce. 

Organized in partnership with several local community health agencies, the party, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Zee A. Barron Student Union, will place emphasis on healthy lifestyle habits while informing attendees of the negative affects of smoke and tobacco products on our culture.  

Party favors, cake, punch and a DJ will help Tigers party with a holistic purpose!

The day will shift gears with the week’s second stage production — George Stewart’s “I Can’t Believe I Kept it This Long” at 7 p.m. in the Georgia Lewis Theater. The play is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 8: Loving on CCC

CCC’s Cultural Awareness Week activities will conclude with a day of service. During this campus-wide event, each department is asked to set aside time to clean, recycle, spruce up and perform housekeeping in an effort to take care of the college that “takes care of us.”