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Bunker Hill Community College Celebrates Black History Month

Honoring our Shared History

Featured Event

Michele Norris: “Race and Poverty in the United States”  

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Thursday, February 8, 2018
Program begins at 1 p.m.
Location Change: C202

Followed by book signing and reception, A300 Lobby

Co-Host of NPR’s newsmagazine All Things Considered, Michele Norris has a voice that is undeniably recognizable. Recently named one of “25 Most Influential Black Americans” by Essence magazine, Norris’s work on The Race Card Project was honored with The Peabody Award, one of the most prestigious honors in broadcast journalism. In 2010, Norris published her first book, The Grace of Silence, focusing on how America talks about race. Bringing more than two decades of experience leading news and weighing in on American culture, Norris will speak about “Race and Poverty in the United States.”

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Online registration is required.


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Exhibits for Black History Month

Art Exhibit by Janet Cormier

February 1-28, 2018

See these deeply human and richly textured paintings by local artist, activist and poet Janet Cormier that celebrate both personal identity and shared cultural experience.

Library and Learning Commons, Charlestown Campus

African American History Makers

February 1-28, 2018

Observe a special display of books from the BHCC collection that illuminates the history and contribution of Massachusetts Abolitionists.  Curated by College Librarian Svetlana Ordian.

Second Floor Corridor, E-Building and Library and Learning Commons E300, Charlestown Campus

For more opportunities to learn about Boston-area African American History, see the newly expanded LibGuide: Educational Resources for Teaching and Learning, compiled by BHCC Librarian Wesley Fiorentino available at ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Profiles in History

February 15-28, 2018

Be inspired by a timely exhibit of published resources about African American artists and art makers, and discover how their art, writing and music helped to shape our diverse culture.  Curated by College Librarian Svetlana Ordian.

Second Floor Corridor, E-Building and Library and Learning Commons E300, Charlestown Campus

Events for Black History Month

The Beloved Community

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Raise your voice in song and join in the discussion of how Black History Month became a national celebration. Moderated by Vivica Pierre, Director of BHCC Library and Learning Commons, and featuring live vocal performance by Brandon H. Allen (accompanied by Edvard Lee), and readings of celebrated writers by members of the BHCC community. Also featuring in-person demonstrations of BHCC Black History Month resources and research guides by College Librarian Wesley Fiorentino.

1 p.m., Charlestown Campus B Lobby

BHCC Celebrates Black History Month with Michele Norris (see above)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Get inspired by renowned NPR Journalist and author of The Grace of Silence as she discusses race and poverty in the United States. Free and open to the public.

1 p.m., Charlestown Campus A300 Auditorium

Followed by book signing and Reception, Charlestown Campus A300 Lobby

An Afternoon with Regie Gibson

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Join the College community in welcoming award-winning poet, songwriter and performer Regie Gibson to BHCC for a spirited and moving presentation of his original and dynamic work.

With remarks by Associate Professor Emmanuela Maurice.

1 p.m., Charlestown Campus B Lobby

Jean Appolon Expressions

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Explore Folkloric Haitian Dance with Choreographer Jean Appolon and Company. Learn about how the traditional dance movements and rhythms of Haiti impact contemporary artistic expression.  Featuring an ensemble of dancers accompanied by live drummers.  Audience participation is encouraged.

With remarks by Associate Professor LaTasha Sarpy.

1 p.m., Charlestown Campus Gymnasium

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Strength of Shared Dreams

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Experience history with a live character portrayal and video presentation by Emmy Award winning Ron Jones that depicts how Dr. King’s “Poor People’s Campaign” was a turning point in the fight against poverty, and how it forever changed the way we look a race and social issues.

With remarks by Associate Dean Sharon Caulfield.

1 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 10 Riley Way, Downtown Chelsea

Staying Power: A Poetry and Visual Art Celebration for Black History Month

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Engage with special guest artist Hakim Raquib and BHCC published poet and Associate Professor Enzo Surin and they share their individual works and express the determination and resilience of the African American experience.

6 p.m., Charlestown Campus A300 Lobby

An Evening with Janet Cormier

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

See a pop-up art show of paintings by this local artist, activist and author. Participate in a discussion about living in Boston and connect with her process of making deeply personal works of art that reflect the complexity our modern world.

With remarks by Associate Professor Henry Allen Jr. and Adjunct Professor Brandy Brooks.

6 p.m., Charlestown Campus A300 Lobby