Black History Month Events at Rockland Community College

Rockland Community College (RCC) is celebrating Black History Month with enriching and engaging events throughout the month of February with a focus on the theme “African Americans and the Arts,” exploring the rich tapestry of African American culture through artistic expression. From the captivating rhythms of jazz to the evocative verses of spoken word poetry and the transformative influence of Hip Hop over the past 50 years, African Americans have shaped and enriched our cultural landscape. All events are free. For more information visit this link

“This month, we honor the enduring strength, creativity, and resilience of African Americans and their impact on society,” said Dr. Lester Sandres Rápalo, President of RCC. “Diversity is not just a word for Rockland Community College; it’s a commitment to action. It’s about embracing the various cultures, ideas, and viewpoints that enrich our college community.”

RCC proudly houses international students from 28 different countries. The college’s commitment to fostering an environment of understanding and respect has been recognized for the past three years with the HEED Award for Excellence in Diversity, reflecting their ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Tuesday, February 6, 12:30 pm EST: Movie Screening: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

A film adaptation of August Wilson’s play, set in 1927 Chicago, pays an affectionate tribute to the blues legend and Black culture. The 2020 film was produced by Denzel Washington, featuring Viola Davis, who plays the influential blues singer May Rainey and the late Chadwick Boseman (his final film appearance), who portrayed Ma Rainey’s trumpet player.

Wednesday, February 14, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EST: Art & Soul: A Paint Party

Wear your favorite Black Pride T-shirt and unleash your inner artist at the Art & Soul Paint Party, on the Student
Union Bridge, and join us for an evening of art, music, and self-expression.

Thursday, February 15, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EST: Grand Opening Celebration for the African Quilt Showcase: “The Colorful, Historical, Inspirational, & Spiritual World of Quilts”

This event is by invitation only. Light refreshments will be served. The showcase will be on display from February 14 – March 8, 2024, in the library. Learn more about the showcase and quilters. Co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/ Visit
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Thursday, February 22, 12:00 pm EST: Black Excellence Extravaganza

Celebrate culture with a fashion show, dance, music, poetry, and more as students showcase their talents.

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Tuesday, February 27, 12:00 pm EST: Empowerment: The Black Doctoral Network

Join the discussion focusing on black professionals in higher education, providing resources and motivation for current and future doctors. event/empowerment-the-black-doctoral-network/

Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 pm EST: Visual and Performing Arts and Campus Players: A Celebration of the Arts

Celebrate Black History Month through performance with a special event by the Visual and Performing Arts and Campus Players.

Thursday, February 29, 12:30 – 1:20 pm EST: Telling Our History and Our Story Through Quilt Making

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Donna Chambers, Doreen Mollette-Sullivan, and Joan Raynor from the Rockland County N.Y. Quilters/Needle Artist Sewing Club. Learn more about the showcase and quilters.

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