The public is invited to join Anne Arundel Community College faculty and staff as they kick off Black History Month with blues, jazz, dance, poetry and song from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Dancing Pepper Grill, 5423 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.
This year is the first time the college has had a formal celebration to begin this month of events recognizing blacks throughout history. This Friday’s events were planned by AACC’s Black History Month Committee, the AACC Diversity Committee and Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the restaurant. For information, call Thomas W. Edison, Ph.D., at 410-777-1955.
Another first this year is an essay contest open to AACC students on the theme, “Is Black History Month still relevant? Why or why not?” sponsored by the Black History Month Committee.
These additional free events are open to the public for Black History Month:
Feb. 1-14 – 8 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Saturday; noon-4:45 p.m. Sunday Exhibit of works about Blacks throughout history, Andrew G. Truxal Library, AACC Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway; free; 410-777-2211.
Feb. 1-28 -- 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday Art exhibit, “Black History Month,” Pascal Center for Performing Arts Gallery, AACC Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway; free; information 410-777-2218 or www.aacc.edu/studentlife
Feb. 4 – Noon Black History Trivia Game Show, a Black History Month event, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board at Anne Arundel Community College; free; dining hall in the Student Union building, AACC Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway; visit www.aacc.edu/studentlife/cab or call 410-777-2043.
Feb. 9 – 10 a.m. Lecture, “Black Astronauts and the Discovery Space Shuttle,” meet the eight talented black pilots, engineers and scientists who flew on board the Discovery space shuttle through the eyes of Jim Jackson, a former naval aviator who has firsthand knowledge from interviewing many of the astronauts. He also gives tours of the Discovery shuttle on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport in Virginia; appropriate for all ages, an AACC’s Black History Month event; free; Student Union Room 102 (off dining hall), AACC Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway; 410-777-2218.
Feb. 16 – Noon Discussion based on films, “Dark Girls” and “Good Hair,” sponsored by the AACC Black Student Union and the Student Achievement and Success Program, an AACC’s Black History Month event; free; Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 207; free; 410-777-2305.
Feb. 20 – noon Seminar – “The Essence of Black Love”– A discussion about the experience and uniqueness of black love from the African American perspective, an AACC’s Black History Month event; AACC Student Union Room 204; free; for information call 410-777-7085.
For the latest information call 410-777-1955 or visit www.aacc.edu/events/february2013.cfm.