Black History Month

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February is Black History Month. In celebration of the cultures, traditions, and achievements of African Americans throughout the nation's history, BCC's Multicultural Student Center will be hosting several events over the course of the month.

Take a look below and be sure to share with family and friends.


In celebration of the cultures, traditions, and achievements of African Americans throughout history, Bristol Community College will be hosting several Black History Month events throughout February, 2018. 

All events are FREE and open to the public.

Opening Ceremony
Thursday, February 1, 12 noon, Commonwealth College Center (G-Building) Lobby, BCC Fall River campus, 777 Elsbree St. (Map)

Sidy Maïga’s group, AfriManding will perform on stage for attendees. There will also be the raising of the Pan-African flag and a taste of authentic African-American food in the cafeteria.

Poet and Hip Hop Artist Kane Smego
Tuesday, February 6, 11 a.m., Jackson Art Center (H-Building) Auditorium, BCC Fall River campus, 777 Elsbree St. (Map)

Kane Smego is an international touring spoken word poet and hip-hop artist as well as a cultural diplomat. His performance and lecture uses poetry, storytelling, acting hip-hop verse to explore issues of race, whiteness, language and hip-hop as a tool for community building. Mr. Smego has traveled throughout the world as well as being a recording artist and an educator at a number of colleges and universities.

2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Tuesday, February 13, 11 a.m to 1:30 p.m., Commonwealth College Center (G-Building), BCC Fall River campus, 777 Elsbree St.
In celebration of Black History Month, the Black Student Union cordially invites the college community to our annual 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Each year, the Black Student Union inducts four individuals; an athlete, an author, a musician, and an activist into its Hall of Fame. The honorees (pictured at the top of this page) have contributed to and made significant strides in the advancement of minorities.
(Pictured left to right: Nina Simone, singer/songwriter; Angela Davis, activist; Arthur Ashe, tennis player; and Zora Neale Hurston, author)
Delicious authentic, home-cooked soul food will be provided, complimentary of the BCC Affirmative Action Committee.  

Rosalyn Elder, author of African-American Heritage in Massachusetts: Exploring the Legacy
Thursday, February 15, 11 a.m., New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Whaling Museum 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740

Rosalyn Elder will discuss the many contributions of African-Americans to both the Commonwealth’s history as well as that of the country. There are 742 sites in 141 towns that reflect African--American contributions. Ms. Elder will illustrate how some of these sites were involved in the persistent struggle for civil rights Justice, the defiance to slavery, the fight for access to education and the fight for employment fairness as well as exemplary military service.

Jordan Seaberry, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Providence, R.I.

  • Tuesday, February 27, at 11 a.m., BCC Attleboro campus auditorium, 11 Field Road & Wednesday, February 28, at 11 a.m., room H209,
  • Jackson Arts Center (H-Building), BCC Fall River campus, 777 Elsbree St. (Map)

Jordan Seabury will discuss the importance of the philosophy and practice of nonviolence as practiced by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others as way of combating discrimination and other social ills. His talk will look at nonviolence and direct action from an historical perspective as well.

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