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HCC to celebrate Black History Month with February events

Halifax Community College will celebrate Black History Month this year with various events. The public is invited and encouraged to participate. Unless otherwise noted, guests attend at no charge and events will be held in The Centre.

Kicking off the activities will be a stamp dedication at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2. With the 32nd stamp in its Black Heritage series, the U.S. Postal Service will honor Anna Julia Cooper, an educator, scholar, feminist and activist who gave voice to the African-American community during the 19th and 20th centuries, from the end of slavery to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. The stamp features a portrait of Cooper created by Kadir Nelson, who based his painting on an undated photograph. Cooper (c. 1858-1964) challenged biased notions of racial and gender inferiority. She fought for social justice and civil rights for African-American women, young people and the poor through her scholarship, community outreach and innovative educational leadership.

At 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, art exhibitor Kristi Hampton will give a presentation. Hampton is currently displaying pieces from Mali, Africa. The exhibit will remain open for viewing through the end of February.

International Day & Food Tasting will start at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, in The Centre. Foods from around the world and various cultures will be featured. International attire will also be worn during the event. Admission is $2 per plate.


The Student Government Association will hold a Black History Quiz Bowl from 12 noon-2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16 in the 100 Building, Room 108.


A “Week of Service” will feature the North Carolina Missions of Mercy’s (NC MOM) free adult dental clinic at The Centre, Feb. 19-20. NC MOM is an affiliate program of the N.C. Dental Society. Treatment will be provided from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Registration begins at 6 a.m. each day. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.


“Saluting Our Local African American Heroes” will be held at 12 noon, Thursday, Feb. 25. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, Feb. 5. Visit www.halifaxcc.edu for details and to submit a nomination.


For more information on Black History Month events, call (252) 536-7234, (252) 536-7239, (252) 538-4319 or visit www.halifaxcc.edu.