Black History Month Celebration

Manchester Community College annually celebrates Black History Month. 2017’s theme is “Love & Justice Matters.”

Poster Competition

The college is sponsoring a Black History Month Poster Competition. All MCC students are welcome to submit an entry.


Each Black History Month, the college honor a student, a college employee and a community member that have demonstrated commitment and service to their community.

The MCC College Student Leadership Award is given in honor of Jibreel Khazan formerly known as Ezell Blair, Jr.  Mr. Khazan is an African American civil rights activist who was one of the Greensboro Four. On February 1, 1960, they sat down at a segregated lunch counter in the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth’s store, challenging the store’s policy on segregation. This event was a major milestone in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

The MCC Employee Leadership Award is given in honor of Mary Bethune-Cookman.  Mary Bethune-Cookman was an American educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida, that eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The Community Leadership Award is given in honor of Congresswoman Shirley Chishom. Congresswoman Chishom represented New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to Congress.  On January 25, 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

To make a nomination for one of these awards, use the Celebratory Month Awards nomination form.

2017 Events

February 2, 2017

Poetry – Tracy Caldwell
Time – 1 p.m.
Location – Cougar Cafe

B2B/S2S Study Hall Basketball (EVERY Thursday during Spring 2017)
6-7:30 p.m. study hall in L149
7:30-9 p.m. basketball in GPA Gym
*Must attend study hall to play basketball
ALL MCC credit-earning students welcome, space limited

February 6, 2017

Buffalo Soldiers Presentation
Time – 1 p.m.
Location – GPA Commons

February 9, 2017

Time – 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location – Cougar Cafe

February 16, 2017

Time – 1-3 p.m.
Location – SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium

February 23, 2017

Time – 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location – Cougar Cafe

February 28, 2017

Time – 12:30 p.m.
Locations – from AST to the SSC
Dean Duncan Harris to Speak – Ending the Black History Month Celebration

For more information, please contact Black History Month Committee Chair Kat Jones or the Director of Student Activites, T.J. Barber.