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.

We will also look at love on Valentine’s Day with a panel of interracial couples and pay special tribute to the Harlem Renaissance during the African-American Read-In. The month will conclude with our 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.

A Taste of Heritage: Wednesday, February 1, 11 a.m.- 12:15 p.m., G101. Explore black culture’s relationship with food. Sample the delicious meals from the Caribbean, Africa and North America prepared by our professional chef. Priority given to students. Limited seating, RSVP required.
Contact Vivian Davis at 972-860-7383 or email Vivdavis@dcccd.edu.

Stop, Drop & Dance! An Evolution of Movement: Saturday, February 4, 2- 4 p.m., Performance Hall. Discover your own inner dancer during this step-by-step motion charged event. A showcase of talent by Steppin’ Out Dance Studio, Dancin’Ovations and Eastfield’s Dance Group featuring former Alvin Ailey dancer Dereque Whiturs.

Hip Hop Language & Culture: Tuesday, February 7 11 a.m.- 12:20 p.m., C135. ­­The Truth Behind the Message – Ever wonder how song lyrics can express almost anything? Hip Hop language is discussed as the truth behind the words sheds new light on tradition and popular culture.

Interracial Love – Does love come from within or is it based on skin?: Tuesday, February 14, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. G101. A panel of couples in an open forum will discuss and address the challenges; and share the success of personal relationship choices. With our growing population of people who are bi-racial and multi-racial, are we finally colorless? Or tolerant?

22nd annual Eastfield African-American Read-In: Wednesday, February 15, 11:28 a.m.-1 p.m., S100. Works of black writers are displayed, shared and read by volunteers. Local entertainers as well as the Eastfield Jazz Ensemble will perform. Take the “A Train” to the S Building and celebrate as we go uptown to pay special tribute to the Harlem Renaissance. Open to the public.

All That’s Jazz with Fingerprints: Wednesday, February 15, 12:30- 1:30 p.m., Performance Hall. Contemporary Jazz with a soulful R & B feel in the vein of Spyro Gyra and Pieces of a Dream. Fingerprints delivers exceptional grooves and emotional energy.

The ART of Living Black (Library Exhibit): Thursday, February 23 11a.m. - 12 p.m., L200. Eastfield’s Library will showcase student art work that describes their African-American life experiences for the entire month of February. Discover their inspirations by attending the Library reception held in their honor.

Who Cares What Black People Think Anyway: Wednesday, February 29, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., C135. Who Cares What Black People Think Anyway? – The dialog continues in this open discussion of the issues facing black people in American culture. Share your views and increase your awareness of what is really going on around you. Special guest speakers including, Mr. Jamal Allen Rasheed, CEO/Founder, Every Mountainside

Oscar Micheaux’s Monday Matinee’s African-American Film Festival: Monday, February 6, 13 & 27, 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.C135. As the most successful and prolific of black filmmakers, Micheaux was vital to African- American and overall American consciousness. Micheaux provided a diverse portfolio of non-stereotyped black characters, as well as images and stories of African- American life. Short film and discussion.

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