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MDC Campuses Celebrates Black History with Free Community Events

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Miami, February 8, 2011 - Every year, Miami Dade College (MDC) recognizes Black History Month with an array of community and educational activities at each of its eight campuses.

College administrators believe students, as well as the community at large, should be mindful of the contributions made by black Americans throughout this country’s history, both past and present.

Below is a list of some Black History Month activities being held at MDC’s various campuses. 

For a complete list of MDC’s Black History events, visit

Workshop hosted by local organization Seed305 on history of blacks in Miami
Wednesday, Feb. 9 at noon
Join Seed305 for a workshop on racism, the history of blacks in Miami, and how people of color internalize racism in the context of Miami’s multi-ethnic/racial populations. Seed305’s mission is to build a movement for fundamental social change through political education.
Hialeah Campus, 1776 W. 49th St., Rooms 1119 and 1120 

Afro-German Victims of the Holocaust
Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 11:15 a.m.
This lecture will address how Germany treated its black colonial and black German citizens, as well as African-American prisoners of war. Hosted by professors Randall Kaufman and Magdalena Lamarre.
Homestead Campus, 500 College Terrace, Room F222 

Voices from the Grave
Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.
A presentation featuring voice recordings of some of the last living slaves. Hear them speak in their own voice.
InterAmerican Campus, 627 S.W. 27th Ave., Room 3103

Closing Celebration
Thursday, Feb. 24 at noon
Keynote speaker Renee Kilpatrick details the story of her childhood in Alabama and her direct relationship with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Refreshments will be served.
InterAmerican Campus, 627 S.W.  27th Ave., Room 401 

Jubilation Dance Ensemble: Buffalo Soldier
Wednesday, Feb. 23 at noon
The Kendall Campus Jubilation Dance Ensemble will perform a variety of pieces influenced by the narrative Buffalo Soldier. This moving narrative explores the discourse, dialogue and experiences of African-Americans in the Civil War.
Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104th St., McCarthy Theater, Room 6120 

Big Band Concert
Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Students and faculty from Kendall Campus’ music department will perform selections made famous by legendary African-American jazz musicians and composers.
Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104th St., McCarthy Theater, Room 6120 

Cotton Club
Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
In the spirit of the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance era, volunteer artists will perform songs, dance and recite poetry. The artists will pay tribute to legendary musicians, singers and writers.
Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104th St., McCarthy Theater, Room 6120 

Jazz and Poetry Café
Wednesday, Feb. 16 at noon
Hear spoken words from local Haitian poets and listen to music from the Kendall Campus Jazz Band.
Medical Center Campus, 950 N.W. 20th St., Room 1175, Auditorium 

Panel Discussion: The Underground Railroad: Would you break the law in the name of justice?
Thursday, Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m.
Local and institutional scholars discuss Harriett Tubman, who operated the Underground Railroad and helped deliver thousands of slaves to freedom in the north.
North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27th Ave., M.J. Taylor Lounge, Room 4207 

Gospel Fest
Saturday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m.
Urban contemporary gospel music takes center stage at this electrifying event featuring local and regional gospel dance groups, quartets, vocalists, and choirs.
North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27th Ave., Building 4, Breezeway 

The History of Black Colleges and Universities
Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 9:50 a.m.
Learn how Black colleges and universities originated and the status of these institutions today. Hosted by Professor Renee Kilpatrick.
West Campus, 3800 N.W. 115th Ave., Room 1101 

Ethnic Foods and Nutrition
Thursday, Feb. 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Professor Jorge Monserrate discusses nutrition and ethnic foods. Hosted by MDC’s Wellness Center.
Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Building 7, Room 7128

For a complete list of MDC’s Black History events, visit

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