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McHenry County College to celebrate Black History Month

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 11:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 11:50 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College is celebrating Black History Month with food, music, art, lectures and a Golden Globes award-winning movie showing. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Overcoming: The Journey Continues.”

Students and staff will start the Black History Month celebration Feb. 5 and 6 with a soul food lunch and live entertainment, featuring jazz musicians and Chicago-style stepping dancers.

On Feb. 13, a graffiti art or “tag” event will showcase art, photos and discussions about the popular worldwide phenomenon known as graffiti art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Commons area. Students and staff will have an opportunity to paint and explore ways to create their style of art.

On Feb. 18, Patricia Bearden, co-founder of the Chicago-based International Society of Sons and Daughters of Slave Ancestry, will present “Researching African-American Genealogy: It’s Complicated!” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Luecht Conference Center.

Bearden will use her own oral histories to demonstrate the challenges incurred when researching African-American history. She discovered the story of her great-great grandmother who took the name Fredonia after her emancipation. Participants will learn how she distinguished fact from fiction and view her photos and a freedom quilt displaying pictures of former slaves.

On Feb. 20, an Open Mic will be at 7 p.m. in the Scot Room, located behind the cafeteria. Performers are welcome to select some of their pieces from music written or originally performed by the black and African-American community. This event is open to all students, staff and community members.

A 2014 Golden Globe award-winning movie, “12 Years a Slave,” will be shown Feb. 26 in the Luecht Conference Center with three different show times: 9 to 11:15 a.m., 1 to 3:15 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. For movie details, visit

All Black History month events are free and open to the public. For information, call the MCC Student Life Office at 815-455-8550.

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