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Atlantic Cape Plans Black History Month Events

January 28, 2011

Atlantic Cape Community College will celebrate Black History Month at its three campuses, with various fun, educational activities throughout February. All activities are free and open to the public.

The celebration, “Heritage & Horizons, the African American Legacy,” begins with an opening program at the Walter Edge Theater at the Mays Landing Campus, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8. The college will host the Charter Tech Performing Arts School Choir of Somers Point, a 12-voice ensemble, which will perform popular songs by modern vocalists, along with old spirituals. The event also features a dynamic hip-hop performance from the Illstyle & Peace Productions dance group. The ensemble will return for a second performance, “Become Your Dreams (A History of Hip-Hop),” 12:30-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the cafeteria (C building). 

Also in the Walter Edge Theater, the American Conference on Diversity: Business & Community Impact of Health Disparities Due to Race & Ethnicity, will be held 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16. Atlantic Cape’s Heath Professions Institute will offer free health screenings.

At the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, students dressed in traditional African garb will demonstrate dances inspired by African culture and read essays inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, 11:30-12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, in the cafeteria. A soul food lunch will immediately follow.

A Press of Atlantic City documentary, “Black History: Building a Legacy in South Jersey” will be simulcast to the WACC student center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17.

The Cape May County Campus will host two events in the cafeteria/atrium, including: the Barbara Yates Jazz Ensemble, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15; and an open mic event, “Embracing Diversity: Paving the Path Together,” 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16.            

All three campuses will host the African-American Marketplace, with vendors selling African-American art, books, jewelry and other collectibles, throughout the month. The hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays, Feb. 1-24, at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; Feb. 17, at the Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and Feb. 16, at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

For questions about events in Mays Landing, call Cynthia Correa at (609) 343-5089. For events in Cape May County, call Tammy DeFranco at (609) 463-6823, or Patricia Gandy at (609) 343-4827 for events in Atlantic City.

The events are co-sponsored by the Diversity and Equity Committee, Black Student Alliance and Student Government Association.