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ACCC Celebrates Black History Month with Free Events

February 1, 2008

Atlantic Cape Community College will host a variety of events throughout February in honor of Black History Month. Events are sponsored by the Diversity and Equity Committee of ACCC's Board of Trustees, Student Activities and WACC Student Services. All activities are free and open to the public.

The Mays Landing Campus will be the site of the African-American Marketplace being held Tuesday-Thursday Feb. 5-7, 12-14 and 19-21 in the hallway of J Building. This will feature art works, crafts, books, jewelry and other items for sale. The campus also will be the site of the Feb. 12 program "Lest we Forget," an exhibit showcasing a private collection of slave artifacts and Jim Crow memorabilia at 11 a.m. in Cafeteria B.

The Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus will feature numerous events throughout the month, all at 11:30 a.m., in the second floor student lounge. An opening ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 5, will include keynote speaker George D. Arnold, a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. expert.  Singer Dahlia Smythe will perform "Amazing Grace."

Inspirational speaker Ethel H. Agbugui-Gaylord will discuss "Why Black History Month?" on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

African performer Ssuuna will present an extravaganza of music, dance and storytelling on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19 enjoy the African music, drumming, stories and dance of the Kofi & Sankofa Drum and Dance Ensemble.

Interactive African mask-making will take place on Thursday, Feb. 21.

The tastes of Africa will be showcased on Monday, Feb. 25 with such traditional victuals as peanut and sweet potato soup and corn bread. The CharterTech Choir Ensemble will perform Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable."

A one-woman show "Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One" will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 26, 12:30 p.m., in the Cape May County Campus lecture hall. The historic show, performed by respected actress Gwendolyn Briley-Strand, reenacts one of the many Underground Railroad journeys conducted by Tubman, a courageous slave who risked her life to lead others to freedom.

The Mays Landing Campus is at 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus is at 1535 Bacharach Blvd.

For more information, call Daymis Alicea at (609) 343-4832, or e-mail dalicea@atlantic.edu.