MCC campuses celebrate Black History Month with art shows, films and more

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Metropolitan Community College honors the contributions of its students, faculty, staff and alumni as we enter Black History Month. Events are taking place collegewide celebrating the annual observance in February, which highlights the rich cultural diversity of the MCC family.

Here are Black History Month happenings at the five campuses:

MCC-Blue River

  • All month long, an interactive display case in the Education Center will feature Black History Month exhibits. Sponsored by MCC-Blue River Campus Life and Leadership
  • Each week, the MCC-Blue River cafeteria (run by Elite) will offer cultural foods from the African American genre.


MCC-Business & Technology

  • Every Tuesday in February, students are invited for informative Black History Month events, featuring games and treats. The gatherings will take place in the Campus Center Student Lounge form 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sponsored by MCC-Business & Technology Campus Life and Leadership



  • Monday, Feb. 13:  Open Forum Roundtable, student discussion group about relationships with law enforcement officers. 1-2 p.m., Campus Center Cafe. Sponsored by MCC-Longview Campus Life and Leadership
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15:  Soul Cafe, Performing Arts Club presentation, noon-2 p.m., Campus Center Cafe
  • Monday, Feb. 27:  Write OUT LOUD: Students explore the importance of telling their stories using flash-fiction and poetry, noon-2 p.m., Liberal Arts 106 and 107. Sponsored by MCC-Longview Campus Life and Leadership


MCC-Maple Woods

  • Monday,  Feb. 6–Thursday, Feb. 23: Photography by Mo Perez, 2013 MCC-Maple Woods graduate. Perez will give an artist’s talk on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. in Humanities 209. Also on Feb. 22 from 4-6 p.m., there will be an artist’s closing reception with a live interactive performance at 5 p.m. Perez recently earned a bachelor of fine arts degree with an emphasis in photography from Missouri Western State University. Perez’s work is socially minded and intended to provoke thought and discussion. She is excited to return to campus and present work in recognition of Black History Month. Events are open to the public.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8: Free screening of the hit movie “Hidden Figures.” Limited tickets available to students; pick up in the Campus Life and Leadership Office, Student Center 130. Showtime TBA. Location: AMC Barrywoods.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28:  “To Make a Poet Black, and Bid Him Sing” presentation, free for students, limited transportation available; contact the MCC-Maple Woods Campus Life and Leadership Office for details. Carpool departs at 5 p.m.. Showtime is 6 p.m. Location: Kansas City Central Library.


MCC-Penn Valley

  • All month long, interactive displays will feature Black History Month content around campus. Sponsored by MCC-Penn Valley Campus Life and Leadership
  • Monday, Jan. 23-Friday, Feb. 3: “Kin Killin’ Kin” exhibit, artist James Pate’s traveling art show focusing on the gun violence conversation. Pate will be at MCC-Penn Valley on Thursday, Feb. 2, for an artist’s talk. Location: MCC-Penn Valley Carter Art Center Gallery. Gallery hours vary.
  • Thursday, Feb. 2:  Janice Lee, MCC archivist, will share her findings on how MCC-Penn Valley’s location was chosen, and how race and other factors played a role in this decision. 9:30 a.m., MCC-Penn Valley Education Center 006. (This event is in conjunction with the campus’ Common Read for the semester, “Some of My Best Friends are Black.”) Public is welcome.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 7:  MCC-Penn Valley Campus Life and Leadership Movie Series: “13th.” Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. Showtime, 9:30 a.m.,  MCC-Penn Valley Science & Technology 101. (A second showing of the movie will occur at the same location on  Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m.) Public is welcome.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22:  Ken Davis, former mayor of the Kansas City suburb of Countryside, will discuss his role in working to eliminate racial housing covenants in the area. 12:30 p.m., MCC-Penn Valley Education Center 006. (This event is in conjunction with the campus’ Common Read for the semester, “Some of My Best Friends are Black.”) Public is welcome.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28: “Think Fast” game show. Students compete using knowledge of African American history, 12:30 p.m., MCC-Penn Valley Campus Center Cafeteria.