Celebrating Black History Month

Medgar Evers College (MEC) is gearing up for a Black History Month packed with informative, inspiring and entertaining events.  The month kicks off with a forum entitled, “Reclaiming Our Ancestral Legacy through Courage, Strength and Fortitude, and continues on with a community blood drive, Black history trivia game, poetry slam, panel discussions and more.  All events are open to MEC students, staff and faculty and many are open to the community as the College works to foster dialogue about issues affecting the African-American community.

Black History Month began as “Negro History Week” in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson.  The week was expanded to a month by students at Kent State University in 1969 and formally recognized by the United States government in 1976 by President Gerald Ford.  He encouraged the nation to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every endeavor throughout history.”

For a full list of Black History Month events happening throughout February at MEC, click the link below.  For more information about an event, contact Valerie Acham in the Office of Communications & Public Relations at vacham@mec.cuny.edu.

Black History Month Events