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Fridays with Friends Program in Celebration of Black History Month

The Peer Learning Partnership at Anne Arundel Community College is sponsoring Friday talks and films in celebration of Black History Month. These events, free and open to the public, will take place in the Center for Applied Learning and Technology on campus. Question and answer sessions will follow be held following the presentations.

FEB. 2

Noon, Room 100
Current Events
Join us and share your views on the latest local, national and international news and happenings. Topics include the growing income gap between the rich and poor in the U.S., the recent government shutdown; and contentious issues Congress faces, including raising the debt ceiling, disaster relief spending, immigration, and border security.

2:15 p.m., Room 107
The president of the Anne Arundel County NAACP will discuss actions, priorities and opportunities to get involved in that will further social and economic justice through the NAACP.

FEB. 9

Noon, Room 100
Contemporary African-American Art and Artists
Join PLP member Richard Everett as he presents the lives and works of prominent African-American artists in the modern age. We will look at the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a former graffiti artist who flourished in the 1970s and 1980s. In 2017, a Basquiat work became the highest-priced piece of American art ever sold. Everett also will introduce us to the work of Romare Bearden, whose body of work includes an epic tribute to the history of his people in “A Black Odyssey,” a work inspired by Homer’s tale. Through these and similar artists, Everett will give us a glimpse into the rich and varied tapestry that is African-American art in modern times.

1:45 p.m., Room 107
“Hidden Figures”
Watch the film “Hidden Figures,” a story about nearly anonymous NASA "calculators" and their quite significant contributions to the country’s man-in-space efforts. Discussion on the film’s implications follows the viewing.

Feb. 16

Noon, Room 100
Avid Readers
Discuss some of the works of Michael Harper, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks. Poetry uses carefully chosen words to explore life and society. Join us for a session highlighting beautiful and serious thoughts. Just let the words stir your emotions. Copies of the poems will be provided.

1:45 p.m., Room 107
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“I Am Not Your Negro” is an Oscar-nominated documentary directed by Raoul Peck. The film, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, explores the history of racism in the United States through reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history.

FEB. 23

Noon, Room 107
The Chesapeake through Ebony Eyes
Vincent Leggett will bring to life the special and often overlooked role African-American men and women played in the Chesapeake Bay seafood and maritime industries. Some black men worked on the fabled Chesapeake Bay skipjacks, while others did solitary hand-tonging for oysters on a river. Hundreds of African-American women worked in the especially challenging conditions of cold, damp, oyster shucking houses, standing in piles of oyster shells in mud up to their ankles.

2:15 p.m., Room 107  
An African-American’s Many Trips to Egypt
With “A Perspective on Egypt,” Jeff Henderson will share his passion and photos based on more than 30 trips he has made to Egypt. He will address the country’s recent history and assess the social and political environment based on his travels.

About PLP

AACC's Peer Learning Partnership (PLP) allows members to share learning experiences with peers in a college setting. Members manage the educational program and volunteer their time and talents to share knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. PLP has no age or academic requirements for membership, but participants must join the program to participate in weekly discussion groups, monthly social and cultural events, and PLP classes.

For information call 410-777-2325, email or visit our website. To request most accommodations, call Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, or email 72 hours in advance.


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