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MCTC Celebrates Black History Month with College, Community Partnerships

Posted on: February 10th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Spirit and Soul exhibitIn celebrating community, teaching history and heading into the future, MCTC joins its partners throughout the community in celebrating Black History Month. Black History Month is designated for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. MCTC takes great pride in the study of African diaspora. The College, in conjunction with its African American Education Empowerment Program (AME) and the Basilica of St. Mary, takes special note of black history with celebratory events and activities throughout the month. View our Black History Month page for a full list of events happening in February.

AME has been creating opportunities for the educational success of students of color who are attending MCTC since 2011. Each of four distinct AME programs contributes to the retention, graduation and personal growth of students and empowers them to develop leadership skills through education, mentoring opportunities and involvement in the college community, society, nation and world. Black History Month provides students the opportunity to design creative ways to gather their peers and celebrate. AME is hosting multiple events this month, and culminating their celebrations with their annual celebration banquet and community shoe donation distribution. Click here for a full list of events.

The Basilica of St. Mary has been MCTC’s neighbor for the 35+ years MCTC has inhabited its current location on Hennepin Ave. and Loring Park. As long-standing partners in community service, MCTC and the Basilica are partnering this year to host Black History Month events including an art exhibit showcasing the work of MCTC students, and a celebratory concert. Click here for a full list of events.

Recognizing the myriad interests of its diverse population of students, MCTC recently introduced an Associate in Arts with Emphasis in African Diaspora Studies program. In this innovative program, students analyze the history, politics and cultures of African people globally and locally. Students explore the experiences of the descendants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, recent immigrants from Africa to the U.S. and Europe, and many other aspects of African diasporic lives around the globe. It’s an exciting addition to the more than 130 programs of study at MCTC.

Part of the African Diaspora Studies program is a summer field-study course, “Race in America: Then and Now.” The six-credit field study course is done in partnership with the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs and takes place in June each year. Students explore the philosophy, practice and historical implications of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s and how these past struggles are inextricably linked to current struggles around race, class and inequality. The course is based at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. and includes multi-day field trips to sites in Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana.

We invite you to explore black history with us at MCTC!

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