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Celebrating African-American Heritage throughout February 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

Celebrating African-American Heritage throughout February 2015

Chairman Mohamed Jalloh speaks at the Opening Ceremony

Chairman Jalloh, Vice-Chairman Bergen,
Freeholder Granados,

Dr. McMenamin and Students

Black History Month Kick-off; Monday 10:00 AM February 2, Richel Commons
Union County Freeholder Chair Mohamed Jalloh will introduce a program in the Richel Commons on the Cranford Campus. The event features singing and dancing as well as a retrospective on the history of drums, from Africa to the New World.
Author, Junius Williams, Wednesday 10:00 AM February 4, Richel Commons 

In the Richel Commons, Junius Williams will discuss his book, Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power. Currently the Director of the Abbott Leadership Institute at Rutgers.  Mr. Williams provides an inside look at the Black Power Movement that emerged during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Tara Dowdell, 12:00 PM, Tuesday February 10, Executive Education Center in Cranford Campus

Tara Dowdell, a political strategist and owner of a leading marketing and strategic consulting firm, will meet with female African-American students in the Executive Education Center in Cranford. She will focus her discussion on how polishing one’s interpersonal skills can lay the foundation for success in one’s career and in life.

Lilisa William 12:00PM, Tuesday February 10, Elizabeth Campus 

Former Union County College student and Ph.D. candidate, Lisa Williams will meet with CEWD students on the Elizabeth Campus.

Film and Panel Discussion in Memory of Clement Alexander Price 2:00PM,  Wednesday February 11, Richel Commons

The keynote event for the month will take place on in the Richel Commons. The College will host a screening of I Shall Not Be Silent, a film featuring the life of Rabbi Joachim Prinz, an advisor and supporter of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Following the film will be a panel discussion, Nancy Giles, a writer and contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning, will serve as the panel moderator.  Panelists include; State Senator Ray Lesniak; Union County Freeholder Chairman Mohamed Jalloh; Newark Mayor Raz Baraka; Rabbi Prinz’s daughter, Deborah Prinz; Rabbi Clifford Kulwin Rabbi Prinz’s successor and Rabbi of Temple B’nai’ Abraham in Livingston and the two filmmakers, Rachel Fisher and Rachel Pasternak. The event is being held in honor of Dr. Clement Price, the distinguished Rutgers professor and historian who passed away on Nov. 5, 2014..

Thursday February 12

Cranford College Life will host “Jeopardy” games that feature questions about African-American athletes. Cranford students will participate. A panel of African-African business people will hold a seminar on the Elizabeth Campus to discuss how to achieve success in the business world. 

Friday February 13

Other events of note include the County Workforce Investment Board’s sponsoring of an event with Assemblyman Jerry Green and Chairman Jalloh on the Plainfield Campus to discuss how to support African American youth so they may be successful in today global job market.

Celebration of Billy Holiday (100th Birthday) Wednesday February 18

In the Richel Commons, the College will celebrate singer Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday with a big bash featuring live performances of Billie Holiday music. That same day, the Commons will be bustling with its traditional African-American Vendor Market. Emmy Award winners from CBS Television, Nancy Giles and Nancy Wyatt, will come to Cranford to share their tips on how to build a successful in a career in media. This event will take place in the Executive Educational Center. 

February 23 and 25

The Commons will also serve as the venue for a Black Film Festival.

Thursday February 26

Union County College will celebrate the end of Black History Month by presenting a retrospective of popular music influenced by the African American experience and the contributions of Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin and a list of African American female singers.  Please come and join the party on Thursday, February 26 at 10:00 am in the Lessner Theater on the Elizabeth Campus.     
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