Black History Month Celebration

Manchester Community College annually celebrates Black History Month. 2019 events include:

February 12, 11 a.m.
“Harlem Heritage Armchair Presentation”
SBMCF Auditorium

February 13, 2 p.m.
“Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing” presented by Dr. Christopher Hager
GPA Community Commons

February 20, 12:30 p.m.
Black History Month Awards Ceremony
GPA Community Commons

February 28, 11 a.m.
“The Origin of Sheff vs. O’Neill: The Troubled Legacy of School Segregation in Connecticut”
Culinary Arts Center


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 Chisholm. Congresswoman Chisholm 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.

For more information, please contact the Director of Student Activities, T.J. Barber.