Carroll Community College Observes Black History Month

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Trish McCarthy Carroll, Public & Corporate Relations Officer, Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
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Westminster, Md., Feb 8, 2018— In support of diversity awareness among students, faculty and staff, and the community, Carroll Community College (Carroll) is observing Black History Month by offering events in recognition of the commemoration. Black History Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions and achievements of African Americans as well as important people and events in the history of the African diaspora

On Monday, February 12, 2018, Carroll will hold a documentary screening in the Babylon Great Hall that is open to the public. Local filmmaker Patricia Mack-Preston’s documentary titled “Robert Moton: The Hope of a Community” was produced in 2013 in collaboration with the Community Media Center of Carroll County (CMC). The event’s agenda is as follows:

            10:30 a.m. Guests arrive

            11:00 a.m. Welcome and introductions

            11:05 a.m. Documentary presentation

            11:30 a.m. Filmmaker comments and panel presentation

            12:00 p.m. Question and answer session with panel

            12:20 p.m. Conclusion

This documentary highlights the experiences of local African Americans who began their studies at one of Carroll County’s segregated schools, later transitioning to integrated schools following Brown v. Board of Education.  

“Carroll Community College joins the nation in celebrating Black History Month with reverence and dedication,” said College President Dr. James D. Ball. “We recognize and reflect upon the contributions of the individuals who collectively developed the important moments in black history which shape our world today. We draw great meaning from the experiences shared by local African American citizens who lived during segregation in Carroll County.” 

Mack-Preston will join a panel of former Robert Moton students as they share with Education students their experiences during the late 1950s and beyond. The featured members of the panel/discussion will include Sally Green; James Purnell Hammond; Delores Jones Mack; Ronald Hollingsworth; Sharon Jones; and William “Billy” Hudson.

The link to access the entire documentary:

“This is an exciting opportunity for Education students to hear first- hand accounts about segregation and integration in Carroll County—where we live-- from former students of the Robert Moton School,” said Susan Sies, division chair of education transitional studies & academic services.  “This discussion will help students connect the academic content with real life experiences.  Living history!  I had a wonderful professor at Morgan State University, Dr. Maurice Taylor, who thoroughly engaged me in the study of the history of de-segregation of American public schools.  I want to encourage the study and discussion as he did.” 

In addition to the Mack-Preston’s documentary screening, the College will host a Black History Month Exhibit opening at 9 a.m. in the Babylon Great Hall between Monday, February 12 and Friday, February 16.

The interactive display called “Black History is Happening Now!” will highlight other local documentaries from CMC’s collection including the African Trailblazers series, along with clips from the Center’s Oral History Project. Visitors to the College’s exhibit are encouraged to learn about and hear from current and past local figures whose work in education, politics and community advocacy has influenced Carroll County and beyond.  Documentaries and interviews from CMC's Oral History collection will also air on Channel 19 throughout the month of February.

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"The Community Media Center is Carroll County's resource for learning how to create your own documentary and provides access to professional level production equipment,” said Community Media Center Executive Director, Richard Turner.  "The CMC is dedicated to empowering local voices so they can tell their own story. We are pleased that Patricia's documentary continues to be shared with new audiences."

As part of Black History Month, Carroll Community College will also provide special lunches called “A Taste of Africa” on Wednesday, February 14, Thursday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Café. Guest chefs from the African Culture Club will feature samples of some of their favorite dishes while providing learning opportunities about their homelands.


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Carroll Community College offers academic and career preparation leading to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and for direct entry into professional opportunities. Personalized learning, small class size, individualized attention from expert faculty, affordability, a convenient location, and customized training and services to the business community all make Carroll a popular choice. Since 1993, the College has served more than 130,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Md., 21157.