AVONDALE, Arizona – The month-long events celebrating Black History Month at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), a Maricopa Community College, continue with their annual Community Celebration on Sat., Feb. 14, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The day will be filled with learning, cultural experiences, music, art and food.
Musical entertainment will be performed throughout the day presenting the sounds of gospel, hip-hop, rap, jazz and Motown. Fair goers will enjoy ethnic foods such as Mississippi BBQ, cobbler, fry bread, Jamaican jerk chicken, ribs, hot links and more. The event also offers Brazilian martial arts demonstrations, poetry readings, exhibits, fashion vendors and a kid’s fun area with science learning activities.
This family-friendly community event will be held on the EMCC campus, located at 3000 N. Dysart Rd. in Avondale, in the Ceremonial Plaza Ampitheatre & Image Zone. Admission and parking is free. Hosted by EMCC, the celebration is presented by the Southwest Black History Committee, EMCC International Education, City of Avondale and Walmart. More information at 623-935-8827.
EMCC offers other Black History Month events throughout February that celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and the importance of civil rights in America. All events are free and open to the public, held on the EMCC campus. The full listing of updated events and activities can be found at the EMCC website, estrellamountain.edu.
The national theme for 2015 Black History Month is “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture” in honor of the genesis of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The Association was founded in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson who labored under the belief that historical truth would crush falsehoods and usher in a new era of equality, opportunity, and racial democracy.