MCTC and AME Celebrate Black History Month
Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom designated for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. MCTC takes great pride in the study of African diaspora. The College, in conjunction with its African American Education Empowerment Program (AME), takes special note of black history with celebratory events and activities throughout the month.
AME has been creating opportunities for the educational success of students of color who are attending MCTC since 2011. Each of four distinct AME programs contributes to the retention, graduation and personal growth of students and empowers them to develop leadership skills through education, mentoring opportunities and involvement in the college community, society, nation and world. Black History Month provides students the opportunity to design creative ways to gather their peers and celebrate.
AME will begin Black History Month with an open house and culminate with its annual celebration and awards banquet.
Recognizing the myriad interests of its diverse population of students, MCTC recently introduced a new Associate in Arts with Emphasis in African Diaspora Studies program. In this innovative program, students will analyze the history, politics, and cultures of African people globally and locally. Students will explore the experiences of the descendants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, recent immigrants from Africa to the U.S. and Europe, and many other aspects of African Diasporic lives around the globe. It’s an exciting addition to the more than 130 programs of study at MCTC.
Part of the African Diaspora Studies Program is a summer field-study course, “Race in America: Then and Now.” The six-credit field study course is done in partnership with the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs and takes place in June each year. Students explore the philosophy, practice and historical implications of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s and how these past struggles are inextricably linked to current struggles around race, class and inequality. The course is based at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. and includes multi-day field trips to sites in Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana.
We invite you to explore black history with us at MCTC.