2021 MCC Black History Month Event Series 

Please mark your calendars for these events celebrating Black history, art, music and culture!



Monday January 18, 2021 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
"Where Do We Go From Here?" 2021 Celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hosted by the Living the Dream Partners

Middlesex and the Living the Dream Partners are inviting you to a virtual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 18. MCC's own Reggie Nichols will act as a special guest emcee for the event that will recognize two Living the Dream Together Award Recipients for their service to the community.

During the event, community members will perform a reading of Dr. King's "Where Do We Go From Here?" address in addition to a performance by the UMass Lowell Gospel Choir, a dance performance by Donna Miceli Dance, and an enactment of "Act Free," one of the plays in a series entitled "Towards An Anti-Racist Tomorrow" by the Free Soil Arts Collective.

To view the replay of this year's celebration, please visit https://livingthedreampartners.org/

Hosted by the Living the Dream Partners



Daily Podcast "Black History is American History"

Tune in everyday for an new episode of "The Liturgists" podcast highlighting a Black public figure.

For the month of February, MCC will feature the limited series Black History is American History hosted by the Liturgist podcast. Each day in February will feature an episode from the podcast as an opportunity to further our knowledge about prominent figures of African descent. You'll hear short lessons on figures such as Frederick Douglass, Audre Lorde, Bryan Stevenson, Zora Neale Hurston and time periods such as Jim Crow, Reconstruction, and the American Civil War. Links to each daily episode will be posted in Newscaster where you can download or listen to the episode. You can also listen from your favorite podcast player by searching for "Black History is American History." Here's to deepening our learning.

Website: https://theliturgists.com/black-history-is-american-history

Podcast description: Black History Is American History honors the range of black voices in American history by taking a deeper look at their unique contributions to our society and our world. No matter your race, religion, or geographic location we all have a story and a need to hear the stories of others. Each episode is a profile in courage that will inspire you, build bridges of understanding, and hopefully cause you to make a difference in the world.


Black History Month 2021: Middlesex Community College Library LibGuide

Visit the MCC Library webpage for links to library resources (view new books, browse academic video online, visit Kanopy Streaming Media) to help celebrate and commemorate Black History Month. 


2021 Black History Month (unofficial) mixtape

"Now That's What I Call Affirmations- w/Nu Ep. 9 Listen HERE!

The Black History Month Committee is proud to feature is mix of amapiano in celebration of the cultural diversity and creativity of music across the African diaspora. This year's mixtape highlights "Amapiano", an exciting, emerging genre of house music originating in South Africa. Learn more about Amapiano here! This mixtape was compiled by Nu Goteh, Lowellian by way of Liberia. Learn more about Nu Goteh here!


Follow The Leader: Recognizing Our Ancestors, Forging Our Own Paths

Generally, a great leader is one who knows how to be a great follower first, but the question begs who do millennials have to look up to? As the old saying goes "You'll never know where you're going if you don't know where you've been." This multimedia presentation seeks to have participants to recall significant leaders of the past in African American history and their trajectory to the present day with the implications on identity politics and social structures in the African American community.

For more information or to register to receive updates about the rescheduled time, please contact Multicultural Staff at imoffice@middlesex.mass.edu

Hosted by the MCC Multicultural Center


Wednesday February 3, 2021 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
"Strength in Diversity: New England People of Color"
Guest Lecturer, Dr. Thomas L. Doughton, from the College of the Holy Cross Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Please join Dr. Doughton and the MCC Community for a presentation and discussion, recognizing the history, diversity and multiplicity of New England "People of Color."

Register Here: STRENGTH

For more information please contact Dr. James Dottin, DOTTINJ@middlesex.mass.edu.

Hosted by the MCC Black History Month Committee

Missed this Event? Click to view the recording for a limited time: "Strength in Diversity: New England People of Color"


Wednesday February 10, 2021 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
"MLK & The Strength of Shared Dreams"
Through live character portrayal and video, "Shared Dreams" depicts how MLK's "Poor Peoples Campaign" was a turning point in intersectional advocacy. A broad cross-section of cultural groups came together to fight against poverty. Had King lived to be the face of this young movement, it would have changed the way we look at race and social issues.

Presenter: Dialogues on Diversity, Executive Director, Ron Jones

Register Here: DREAM

Hosted by the MCC Multicultural Center

Missed this Event? Please contact Multicultural Staff at imoffice@middlesex.mass.edu to receive a link to view for a limited time. 


Tuesday February 16, 2021 2:00PM- 3:30PM
"Racism and Civil Rights in the U.S: A Historical Perspective", by David Kalivas

The United States has reached a critical time as civil unrest and mass protests against racist policies become more frequent across the country. The increased discontent and polarization have no clear resolution in sight and continue to challenge and weaken the bonds of our communities. Unfortunately, racism and the struggle for civil rights and equity are not new to the American experience. To help us understand how we arrived at this point, this presentation will offer a reflection on the history of racism and civil rights in the United States.

Please contact Binnur Ercem at ercemb@middlesex.mass.edu or Lara Kradinova at kradinoval@middlesex.mass.edu if you have any questions, or to register for this event.

Organized by Commonwealth Honors Program, co-sponsored by Liberal Arts Division


Wednesday February 17, 2021 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
"Black Talent Showcase: The Journey"

The Black History Month Steering Committee invites you to a Black Talent Showcase in celebration of Black History Month. Song, dance, spoken word, poetry readings, and Black History Trivia. Come Celebrate Black History!

Register Here: JOURNEY

For more information, contact Alison Handy at handya@middlesex.mass.edu 

Hosted by the MCC Black History Month Committee


Tuesday February 23, 2021  6:00PM

"African Americans and Africa: Conversations Across the Centuries." Dr. Nemata Blyden, College of the Holy Cross

Dr. Blyden will explore the relationship between African Americans and the African Continent from the era of slavery to the present. She will analyze the diversity of African American identities through relationships with region, ethnicity, immigration, and slavery, mapping several overlapping diasporas, and examining the diversity of African American identities.

Please join us! Zoom link: HOLYCROSS.ZOOM.US/J/5870784774.

This event is a part of the 2021 Carter G. Woodson Lecture series at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA. Co-Sponsored by: Africana Studies, History Department, Eleanor O'Leary Howard Fund


Wednesday February 24, 2021 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
MCC Black Legacy Panel: Honoring & Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of our College Community

MCC Black alumni, faculty and staff will discuss their experiences in shaping the college over these past 50 years. And, address where they see the college going in the next 50 years.

Register Here: LEGACY

For more information, contact Dr. James Dottin, dottinj@middlesex.mass.edu

Hosted by the MCC Black History Month Committee


Friday February 26, 2021 7:30 PM
Celebrating Black Composers from Europe, Africa, United States and South America

MCC faculty members Todd Brunel, clarinet/saxophone; Orlando Cela, flute; Eunghee Cho, cello; Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, piano and Marcus Santos, drums will present a colorful program illustrating a variety of styles from the 1700's to the present. Works by Joseph Bologne (Le Chavalier de Saint Georges), Florence Price, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, "Blind Tom" Wiggins, Bongani Ndodana-Breen and Gerri Allen will be featured. There will also be Jazz improvisations for saxophone and a selection featuring Afro-Brazilian drumming with dancer.

View the event here! https://youtu.be/W2DpaqH00q4  Advance registration not required. 
Recorded at MCC's Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, Recital Hall, Lowell

For more information, contact Carmen Peralta, peraltac@middlesex.mass.edu

Hosted by the MCC "A World of Music" Concert Series


Wednesday, March 3, 2021 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Activism in Art: Redefining "Classical" Music
Classical music has traditionally been a white-male dominated medium, and arguably the slowest musical style to adapt to society's ever-growing diversity. In this panel, four Black luminaries of the contemporary classical music scene will share their experiences, their ideas, and the work they do towards making classical music relevant.

Register here: https://lowellchamberorchestra.org/activism-in-art 
For more information please contact Orlando Cela at celao@middlesex.mass.edu

Hosted by the Lowell Chamber Orchestra & MCC Multicultural Center

Missed this Event? Click to view the recording for a limited time: "Activism in Art: Redefining "Classical" Art"

Please contact Multicultural Staff at imoffice@middlesex.mass.edu to receive a passcode to the link.


For more information about the 2021 Black History Month Event Series, please contact Dr. James Dottin at dottinj@middlesex.mass.edu .


Last Modified: 4/21/21