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Miami Dade College Celebrates Black Heritage Month with Free, Community Events throughout February


Miami, January 28, 2014 - Miami Dade College (MDC) will celebrate Black Heritage Month by offering free, month-long community and educational activities at each of its seven campuses and two outreach centers. This year’s commemoration is made even more significant as we mark the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act that outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national, and religious minorities, and women. MDC’s directorate recognizes the contributions of African-Americans in the U.S., and encourages students and the community at large to better understand the role of this very important group in shaping this nation’s history and culture.

Below, is a list of some of the activities held at the College’s various campuses. For a complete list of MDC’s Black Heritage events, visit


Hialeah Campus / 1776 W. 49th St. / Hialeah

Monday, February 3

Understanding the Afro-Caribbean Santeria Religion with Orlando Horta

Horta will explain the historical perspectives and progression of the Santeria rituals, values, beliefs, and practices from the New World to present day realities with an emphasis on first amendment rights.

6 – 7p.m. / Room 1209

Wednesday, February 26

Closing Event: Mestre Delei Kaçula & Capoeira Abolição

Capoeira and maculelê performance, traditional music and instruments

6:30 p.m. / Room 1217

Homestead Campus / 500 College Terrace / Homestead, FL

Wednesday, February 12

Blacks in STEM

Take in presentations and activities about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Get information on STEM programs and scholarship opportunities at MDC as well as nationwide programs to facilitate professional development in STEM disciplines. We will highlight our own students and faculty, as well as provide activities to enhance your knowledge of STEM applications!

Hosted by Dr. Sophia Cummings and Dr. Hal Hollingsworth

11 a.m. – Noon / Room F222

Wednesday, February 26

Closing Ceremony: A Moment in Civil Rights Exhibition

In honor of the struggles and accomplishments of the Civil Rights era, students, clubs and organizations will compete in a cultural arts contest to recreate a moment in civil rights history with a table display.

Hosted by Nehemiah Gwaltney, Prof. Jessyca Perez, and Prof. Magdalena Lamarre

Noon – 1:30 p.m. / Café Patio


InterAmerican Campus / 627 S.W. 27th Ave. / Miami, FL

Thursday, February 6

Haitian Contributions to the Americas

Lecture about the historical contributions of Haitians in the areas of politics and economics

Presented by Jacques Fitzgerald Lemoine and Gilbert Valmé

10 a.m. – Noon / Room 3103

Wednesday, February 12

Graffiti: A Tribute to Black History

The artist, Baker, will create works before your eyes!

Noon – 1p.m. / Flag Courtyard


Kendall Campus / 11011 S.W. 104th St. / Miami, FL

Tuesday, February 4

Film for Thoughts: Documentary Series

The series presents Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity (Unrated, 57 min.). Winner of the American Library Association’s 2011 Notable Videos for Adults Award, this film looks at the popularity of hip-hop among America’s white youth. It asks whether white identification is rooted in admiration and a desire to transcend race or if it’s merely a new chapter in the long continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation. Does it reflect a new face of racial understanding in white America or does it reinforce an ugly history?

Hosted by Jennifer Diptee, Eydie Gomez and Harold Pencar

9:50 – 11:05 a.m. & 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. / Room 103 (Koffee House)


Tuesday, February 25

Presentation and Lecture: “It’s been a Long Time Coming: The Long Haul towards Racial Equality

Hosted by Sandra M. Castillo, Vellisse Grimes, and Deborah Powell, Prof. Castillo will examine the struggles for civil rights from reconstruction to the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath.

12:40 - 1:55 p.m. / Room 6257


MDC-West / 3800 N.W. 115th Ave. / Miami, FL

Thursday, February 13

Empowering Employment Strategies: Combatting High Unemployment in the African-American


Participants in this workshop will discover the keys to gaining employment in a restricted labor market and will be exposed to valuable online 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 face unemployment rates as high as 16 percent.

Hosted by Dr. Bruce Smitley, Director of Advisement & Career Services, MDC-West

9:50 – 11:05 a.m. / Room 1344


Tuesday, February 25

The Life and Poetry of Maya Angelou: An Example of Resiliency in the Life of African-American


Session participants will discover how overcoming personal hurdles and challenges through introspection and acceptance are particularly noticeable in the autobiographical style of Maya Angelou’s literary work.

Hosted by Prof. Trinidad Arguelles, Social Science Department

9:50 – 11:05 a.m. / Room 1102


Medical Campus / 950 N.W. 20th St. / Miami, FL

Monday, February 10

Health Issues Affecting African Americans

Health care professionals will serve as panelists in an open forum on various health issues affecting African-Americans.

Noon – 1p.m. & 5 – 6 p.m. / Student Life Area


Monday, February 24

Annual Black History Month Taste of Soul Food Luncheon

Enjoy delicious soul food while enjoying poetry readings and musical performances by local artists.

Prizes will be awarded.

11:30 a.m. – 1p.m. / Room 1175, Auditorium and Atrium


North Campus / 11380 N.W. 27th Ave. / Miami, FL

Tuesday, February 11

The Role of Churches in the Civil Rights Movement

Gener Romeo will lead a panel discussion with community church leaders on the significant role that

African-American churches played during the civil rights movement. Discussion will center on the past, present, and future roles that the African-American church plays in safeguarding the community’s civil rights. Bishop Victor Curry, a religious and community leader of national prominence, will be joined by guest panelists Pastor Caesar Lamb of the Spirit of Christ Church and Dr. Phyllis Baker, a retired MDC faculty member. Bishop Curry has been a longtime mobilizing force among African Americans in Miami and has served multiple terms as president of the Miami chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

11:15 a.m. – 1p.m. / Room 2151


Friday, February 28

North Campus Sit-In

Join the North Campus community for a reenactment of a civil rights sit-in.

11- 11:50 a.m. / Breezeway of Building 4000


Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center / 6300 N.W. Seventh Ave. / Miami, FL

Monday, February 10

Movie and Popcorn

Come learn about how two African-American athletes outraged the 1968 Olympic Committee with a political gesture - a move that would influence civil rights history.

10 – 11:30 a.m. / Room 1114


Tuesday, February 25

Haiti’s Restavek Children: The Child Servitude Crises

Join us for a discussion about the restavèk children of Haiti. Restavèk, a Creole word that comes from the French reste avec, or “stay with,” has evolved to become a general slur meaning worthless. Restavèk children, who live as modern-day slaves, may have been among the traumatized boys and girls we saw on our television screens after the earthquake – now more alone and afraid than ever. What can be done to help them? Beyond Borders is one organization fighting for them on several fronts.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / Room 1103


Wolfson Campus / 300 N.E. Second Ave. / Miami, FL

Tuesday, February 4

Inaugural Celebration: Iconic

A dance performance to music by African-American musicians who were vocal during the civil rights movement.

Hosted by Peter London, NWSA Dance Division

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / Room 1261


Tuesday, February 18

Civil Rights Act Remembered: The Voting Rights Act and the Shelby County Case

In this lecture, Dr. Howard Simon, executive director of American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, will discuss the Civil Rights Movement and the Selma Voting Rights March that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, and will highlight the Shelby County v. Holder case.

Hosted by Pradel Frank, World Languages

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / Room 3208-09

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
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Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
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