Atlantic Cape Community College will commemorate Black History Month in February by holding several events at its three campuses.
Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike
- “Past and Present,” a Black History Month information bulletin board, throughout the month will feature articles and pictures of past and current civil rights advocates, located on the first floor of J Building, near Financial Aid.
- Selma, the film that chronicles the tumultuous period in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a campaign to secure equal voting rights, will be shown 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Student Life Center, J Building.
- The Ewabo Calypso Band will perform while soul food will be served 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the main cafeteria, C Building.
Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.
- Black History Month Film Screenings will be held 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the second-floor lounge:
- Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Monday, Feb. 13
- Red Tails, Tuesday, Feb. 14
- Beasts of the Southern Wild, Thursday, Feb. 16
- Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Room 204. Join Turiya S. A. Raheem, adjunct instructor of English, who will discuss her memoir, Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City, that chronicles her life in a vibrant, close-knit resort community between the 1920s and 1970s.
- Black History Trivia Game, noon – 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the café. Student teams will compete for prizes as they demonstrate their knowledge of African American history.
Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House – South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House
- Posters and bulletin boards on the first and second floors will recognize Black History Month.
- Did You Ever Dream of Being Free?, a play focusing on black leaders, their struggles and triumphs, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Room 212.
Black History Month has been officially celebrated since 1976 when President Gerald R. Ford encouraged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” This came 50 years after the first Negro History Week was celebrated after being conceived by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. The first celebration occurred in February 1926, coinciding with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, to raise awareness of African Americans’ contributions to civilization.