Celebrating the contributions of African Americans

Rockland County, NY (February 10, 2023) – Rockland Community College is celebrating Black History  Month with enriching and engaging events throughout the month of February as well as throughout the year. Black History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and to recognize their role in the history of the United States. In addition to celebrating the contributions of Black people in arts, literature, music, food, and society and politics, this year, the RCC Black History Month committee has chosen a theme that centers around health and wellness as it affects the African Diaspora. All events are free. For more information visit this link https://sunyrockland.edu/media/black-history-month/

Wednesday, February 15 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Student WRAP Session – Health & Wellness, Community Connectedness & Relationships
As mental health concerns continue to escalate, it is crucial to establish environments where individuals feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and emotions. To address this issue, we invite all students to participate in a discussion facilitated by both RCC staff and mental health experts. This talk-back will provide an opportunity to openly discuss topics that are of concern to us all, with a specific focus on the difficulties faced by the Black community in accessing mental health resources. By fostering a supportive and inclusive dialogue, we aim to encourage individuals to prioritize their mental well-being and seek out the necessary resources and support.

Wednesday, February 15 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm EST
RCC Faculty/Staff Reading Group – Special Selection for African American History Month
All are invited to participate in an engaging conversation about the impactful and transformative lives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. RCC faculty, staff, and students will be discussing The Sword and The Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr by Peniel Joseph, which highlights the controversial yet important aspects of their lives.

Friday, February 17 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm EST
Film Screening – The Black Church
Join us for a film screening as we delve into the rich and diverse history of spirituality in the Black community. From its roots in West African faith traditions to the influence of early Methodist and Baptist churches and its significance in the Black freedom struggle, this film by Dr. Gates explores it all. Let’s come together to examine the role of religion, the church, and spirituality in shaping our health and well-being.

Wednesday, February 22 10:30 am – 2:30 pm EST
Wellness Fair
Join us for an uplifting and rejuvenating experience that touches on all aspects of wellness – mental, physical, and spiritual. The Black History Month committee is hosting a Wellness Fair with a focus on the whole YOU. Get your heart pumping with Fit Hop class with G.I.A.N.T. from the Bartendaz, immerse yourself in mindfulness sessions, sample delicious and nutritious food at our healthy food demos, and much more!

Wednesday, February 22 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST
Black History and Women’s History Month Mural Unveiling
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in RCC Art Club’s tribute to iconic Black women through the creation of a window mural. This mural will feature quotes from renowned Black women writers, including RCC alumna Dr. Frances Pratt. The mural painting will take place in the Atrium of the Cultural Arts Center from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, where the Art Club will provide paint pens and reference materials for inspiration. To celebrate their efforts, the Art Club will host a pizza party from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the faculty dining room for all participants.

Tuesday, February 28 7:00 pm EST
Brother – A Musical Adaptation, by Miranda Holiday
Miranda Holiday is putting the finishing touches on her musical adaptation of Ambrose Bierce’s classic short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Titled “Brother,” this version is set during the Vietnam War era and is the result of her creative vision. After the performance, there will be a talkback session where audience members can ask questions and engage in a discussion about the production. Visual and Performing Arts Alumnus Ryan McNeill, will be performing in the event.

About Rockland Community College
Rockland Community College (RCC), located in Suffern New York, provides purpose driven educational opportunities in a supportive, affordable, and accessible environment, empowering individuals to positively transform themselves and their communities. RCC welcomes students from diverse backgrounds who appreciate small class sizes and personal attention from a distinguished, award-winning faculty that includes Fulbright scholars and SUNY Distinguished Professors. Many graduates go on to top universities to further their education on their own or through RCCs institutional collaborations.

RCC fosters an environment that attracts, recruits, supports and retains faculty, staff, and students who value diversity. The College promotes a collegial and inclusive environment by recognizing, promoting, embracing, respecting and celebrating the expansive range and dimensions of cultures, attitudes, ideas and viewpoints contained within our campus community.

RCC is also proud to provide career training and professional development to adult learners looking to change careers or upgrade their skills through a variety of programs and educational opportunities including workforce training, certifications, and microcredentials. Many of the programs are developed with employers in the community in high demand industry areas to enable graduates to move into a new career upon graduation. More information can be found at sunyrockland.edu.