Eastfield Events Celebrate Black History Month

(Mesquite, TX) ­– Eastfield College will celebrate this February with a month long marathon of events that highlight the legacy of African Americans.

Politics, student art displays, African-American inventions, and living legends like the Tuskegee Airmen will be on the agenda.

We will also salute long-term love on Valentine’s Day, and pay special tribute to the African-American teacher at the award winning African-American Read-In.  The month will conclude with a mini debate series which asks the question “Who cares what black people think anyway?” The open forum structure will address current issues and allow a Q & A session.

The Art of Living Black: On Wednesday, February 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. C135, Dallas Art Museum curator Dr. Roslyn Walker will present the history and meaning of African Masks.  Thursday, February 10, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  in the Eastfield Library, students will display personal art work that describes their African-American life experience.

Where is the Love (For better or worse):  Monday, February 14, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., C135. A panel of local long-term married couples will begin the week with a Valentine’s Day event for couples of all ages.  The open forum will serve to educate students, and staff about the individual formulas that have proven to be successful for marriage.  Reception to follow.

Politics and the Black Church: From the Voting Rights Act to Acting Politically Correct. Wednesday, February 16, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., C135

African-American inventions: Monday, February 21, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., C135. African-American inventions and creations that have made our lives better: an ironing board, the traffic signal, the blood bank, and peanut butter too.  Sure you can eat jelly without peanut butter, but why would you want to?  Mrs. Penny Jacko will share her priceless collection with the audience and the history behind each item.

Tuskegee Airmen: Tuesday, February 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. C135. Fasten your seatbelts and join us on for a conversation with the Tuskegee Airmen. They were everything fighter pilots should be, and everything the armed forces could have asked for. They were fearless, focused, mission-driven soldiers who were also African-American.  What began as an experiment became a valuable part of history.

21st annual Eastfield African-American Read-In: Wednesday, February 23, 11:28 a.m.-1 p.m., S100. As we celebrate reading and learning this year, we will pay special tribute to the African-American Educator. This is your opportunity to bring your special memories of the one teacher, instructor or professor, who made a difference in the direction of your life. 

Lights...Camera, Action: Friday, February 25, 10:10-11 a.m., G101. Professor Dusty Reasons and the Eastfield Theater group will present a look at the history of African-American actors.

Who Cares What Black People Think Anyway: Monday, February 28, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.,C135.  Open forum, discussions, debates. Your voice matters … bring it, share it, express it.

For more information contact Brynndah Hicks Turnbo at 972-860-8387 or bhicksturnbo@dcccd.edu.

Eastfield College, one of the seven Dallas County Community Colleges, is located at 3737 Motley Drive in Mesquite, just north of I-30.