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Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus Celebrates Black Heritage Month throughout February

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Dr. William Sturkey Presents Civil Rights in America: From its Beginning to the Present

Miami, January 27, 2014 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus will celebrate Black Heritage Month by offering free, month-long community and educational activities. This year’s commemoration will honor the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act. Among the many activities will be author presentations throughout the month of February.

Below is a sampling of upcoming events at Kendall Campus:

Wednesday, Feb. 5

11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. / Room R402/403

Author Series: Dr. William Sturkey, postdoctoral research fellow at Penn State University and college professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will enlighten Kendall Campus students about the Civil Rights Movement with his presentation entitled, Civil Rights in America: From its Beginning to the Present.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / Room R402

Author Series: Images of America: Miami’s Richmond Heights by Patricia Harper Garrett and Jessica Garrett Modkins. Enjoy a day of history and readings as we take a pictorial journey into the Southwest community of Richmond Heights in Miami. Authors will be available for book signing at the end of the presentation.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Noon – 1 p.m. - Dedication Ceremony Building 6 (Open to the public during campus hours)

Wall of Respect: Throughout periods of social unrest in the 1960s, African-Americans and many others demanded equal, civil rights. Millions marched in protest; others created murals to express discontent. Walls of Respect were constructed in African-American communities across the country as a place to honor their neighborhoods. Students and the community are encouraged to visit Kendall Campus’ Wall of Respect to reflect on these freedom fighters’ opinions regarding society, government, and human rights.

Tuesday, February 18                       

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. / Room 6120

Author Series: Noted author Dr. Marvin Dunn will discuss his book, Black Miami in the Twentieth Century, which explores the history of African-Americans in South Florida and their fundamental role in the growth and development of Miami.

For more information about Black Heritage Month events at the Kendall Campus, please call the Student Life Department at 305-237-2321. 

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