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MDC Campuses Celebrates Black History with Free Community Events

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Miami, February 9, 2012 - Every year, Miami Dade College (MDC) recognizes Black History Month with an array of community and educational activities at each of its eight campuses. College administrators believe students, as well as the community at large, should be mindful of the contributions made by black Americans throughout this country’s history, both past and present. Below is a list of some Black History Month activities being held at MDC’s various campuses. 

For a complete list of MDC’s Black History events, visit

Black Americans in History and Culture
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 12:30 p.m.
A showcase of pictures of Black Americans will be exhibited along with music and short biographies highlighting the subjects’ contributions to the American nation.
Hialeah Campus, 1776 W. 49th St., Rooms 1119 and 1120 

Valuing Each Other Series: Blacks in Latin America
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 12:30 p.m.
A film presentation will be shown, followed by a discussion led by the Student Government Association, to celebrate the end of Black History Month. Snacks will be provided.
Hialeah Campus, 1776 W. 49th St., Rooms 1119 and 1120 

Black Super Heroes
Monday, Feb. 27, 9-10 a.m.
How much do you really know about comic-book heroes? Join us in an engaging presentation about black superheroes that will leave you flying high. Hosted by professor Magdalena Lamarre.
Homestead Campus, 500 College Terrace, Room F222

The Real Path to the Pros
Thursday, Feb. 23, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The presentation will include statistics regarding professional players from South Florida, “hype” versus reality, tips and pitfalls, as well as a panel of former professional and college stars from the area to discuss their journey and to provide insight into the preparation and realistic expectations of becoming a professional athlete. Hosted by professors Simeon Richardson, Surender Lindley, and Carlos Needham.
Homestead Campus, 500 College Terrace, Room F222

Shug Avery’s Jook Joint
Thursday, Feb. 16, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Take a trip back in time to the days of boogie-woogie and ragtime music and dance. Performances by IAC staff. Don’t miss this! Food will be served.
InterAmerican Campus, 627 S.W. 27 Ave., Room 401

Closing Celebration: Voices from the Grave
Wednesday, Feb. 29, noon
A presentation of the voice recordings of some of the last living slaves. Hear them speak in their own voice. Voice recordings have been transcribed. This will be a riveting event: a must-not-miss!
InterAmerican Campus, 627 S.W. 27 Ave., Room 3103

Birth Rights: How Black Babies Survive and Thrive
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 9:50 – 11:05 a.m.
This panel discussion will address the important issue of high infant mortality in the African-American community. The panel will provide a history of midwifery in the black community, describing the Birth Justice movement, and the impact of breastfeeding on development. Panel members: Jarene Fleming Williams, Jamarah Amani, and Sheila Simms Watson, LM, CPM, MPH. Hosted by Michelle Grant-Murray and Vellisse Grimes.
Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104 St., Room K413

Cotton Club
Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 – 9 p.m.
In the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance, students, faculty, staff and community artists will perform songs, dance and poetry in tribute to legendary musicians, singers and writers. Hosted by Vanya Albury and Deborah Powell.
Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104 St., Room 6120

Health Issues Affecting African-Americans
Wednesday, Feb. 22, noon – 1 p.m. and 5 – 6 p.m.
Health care professionals in the community will serve as panelist in an open forum on different health issues affecting African-Americans.
Medical Center Campus, 950 N.W. 20th St., Room 1171, Student Life Area 

Community Health Fair
Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Free health screenings and information.
Medical Center Campus, 950 N.W. 20th St.

Documentary & Discussion: Dark Girls, Directed & Produced by Bill Dukes
Thursday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m.
Has anything really changed since the days of American slavery when dark-skinned blacks were made to suffer even greater indignities than their lighter-skinned counterparts? Ask today’s dark black woman.
Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, 6300 N.W. 7 Ave., Conference Room 1103

Achievements of African-American Women in Mathematical Sciences from 1943 to Present
Monday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m. – noon
A fascinating retrospective lecture on the achievements of African-American women in a field historically dominated by non-African-American men. Hosted by Dr. Mohammad Shakil.
Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, 6300 N.W. 7 Ave.

Gospel Fest
Saturday, Feb. 25, 5 – 8 p.m.
Urban contemporary gospel music takes center stage at Gospel Fest. This event features an electrifying day filled with inspiring sounds of Southern gospel, gospel hip hop and praise music. Local and regional gospel dance groups, quartets, powerful vocalists and gospel music choirs celebrate a genre of music that needs to be seen and heard.
North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27th Ave., Lehman Theater

Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Miami
Monday, Feb. 27, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Miami will discuss the history of Buffalo Soldiers African-American regiments, which were raised during the Civil War to fight alongside the Union Army. The Miami Chapter’s goal is to educate the public about the rich history of the Buffalo Soldiers and to provide services to the community.
North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27th Ave., Room 9102

Haitian Culture Center Bus Tour
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 9:50 a.m.
A bus tour will travel to the Haitian Culture Center, where students will learn about the struggles and plight of the Haitians as they made their journey of voyage into the United States. Event sponsored by Student Life. To reserve your seat, please contact Student Life at 305-237-8965. The bus will depart from the West Campus, 3800 N.W. 115 Ave., Doral.

Empowering Employment Strategies: Combatting High Unemployment in the African-American Community
Thursday, Feb. 16, 9:50 – 11:05 a.m.
Participants in this workshop will discover the keys to gaining employment in a restricted labor market and will be exposed to valuable online job-career planning and job-search resources. Strategies discussed in this session will be useful for all job seekers, but critical for job seekers from the African- American community, who are facing unemployment rates as high as 16 percent.
West Campus, 3800 N.W. 115 Ave., Room 1274

Showtime at Wolfson Semifinals
Wednesday, Feb. 22, noon – 1:30 p.m.
Student semifinalists in each of the categories perform to place in the talent competition finals. Hosted by Niouseline St. Jean, Student Life.
Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Building 2 Breezeway

Black Women as Agents of Change in the U.S.
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
A conversation with black women in leadership roles. Hosted by Tamica Ramos, Center for Community Involvement, and Tracey Bowen, Advisement and Counseling.
Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room 7128

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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