Lansing, Mich. - Lansing Community College is set to celebrate Black History Awareness Month with an array of special events. This year’s national theme, “African Americans and the Vote” explores the struggle to ensure that African Americans are able to fully participate in American democracy. To this end LCC has partnered with Lansing’s Office of the City Clerk to have voter registration available at this year’s events.
2020 also marks the nation’s decennial census and in an effort to ensure that the African American population is fully counted in the census, LCC has partnered with the 2020 Michigan Nonprofits Count Campaign to encourage participation in the census, and like the City Clerk’s office they will attend many of this year’s events.
The celebration gets underway with the annual Black History Month jazz concert at Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capitol Ave., downtown Lansing 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 when the LCC Faculty Jazz Quartet (shown left) takes the stage with featured guest artist, trumpeter Tim Blackmon. The quartet is comprised of LCC faculty members Mike Daniels on drums, Ed Fedewa on bass, Jon Gewirtz on saxophone, and Dennis Therrian on piano. The concert will feature music inspired by the legendary jazz trumpeter, bandleader and composer, Miles Davis.
This year’s guest artist, Tim Blackmon (shown right) first picked up a trumpet at age 11. His musical journey has included instruction under the tutelage of such famed jazz greats as Christopher Dorsey, Etienne Charles and Rodney Whitaker. Blackmon earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Florida State University, and a Master of Music in jazz studies from Michigan State University. He has performed throughout the US and Europe alongside the likes of Parliament-Funkadelic and Savion Glover, and currently holds the position of Applied Instructor of Jazz Trumpet at Oakland University.
The event is FREE and open to the public and begins the celebration of several events throughout the spring including:
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10 am-2 pm Wellness Fair; local organizations will offer free educational resources and demonstrations regarding health and wellness, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. 2nd floor.
Thursday, Feb. 20, 6-8 pm Malcolm X Symposium featuring guest speakers, LCC Trustee and community activist Angela Mathews; Barbara Roberts Mason, the first African American in Michigan elected to statewide office, serving 24 years on Michigan’s State Board of Education; Dr. Maxine Hankins Cain performing Fannie Lou Hamer; the African Masquerade Dancers, and LCC students present the role of college students in voting campaigns, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. 1st floor, Michigan Room.
Learning Circle Film Series and Round Table Discussion
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2-4 pm; Wednesday, March 4, noon-2 pm; Thursday, April 2, 10 am–noon, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. 2nd floor, Centre for Engaged Inclusion.
Creating Poetry/Creative Resistance
Thursday, March 19, 10 am–noon and 2-4 pm. Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. 2nd floor – Room 2214.
History Makers Luncheon
Friday, March 20, noon-1pm Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Avenue, 1st floor, Michigan Room.
MLK Day of Service Friday,
April 10, 9 am–1 pm Kick-off Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Avenue, 1st floor, Michigan Room.
Black History Awareness Month is a time to reflect, recognize, and honor the valuable contributions African Americans have made to our nation.
They invite the community to celebrate with them.
All events are FREE.
About Lansing Community College
Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.
Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the college.
The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Lori Willett, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1870; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.
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LCC Jazz Faculty Quartet photo by: Kevin Fowler