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ACC EASTIFIELD/CAMPUS HOSTS SERIES OF BLACK HISTORY EVENTS

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INTERN GRANT LOVELESS

 




ACC EASTIFIELD/CAMPUS HOSTS SERIES OF BLACK HISTORY EVENTS


At Austin Community College, ACC Student Leader and Interim Secretary and Community Liaison for Black Student Success Committee, Grant Loveless, coordinated black history month events with the BSSC and other student-led organizations (Black Minds Empowered, Austin Community Corps of Engineers, SWAP (Students With A Purpose) and ACC’s Student Government Association). BSSC is a student-lead organization at ACC that works to serve and  assist Black students by providing support and encouragement for their academic, professional, cultural, and personal development.

This year the Association of African American Life and History, founders of Black History Month, announced that the theme of Black History Month was black migration. Loveless and the other student-led organizations were proud to bring Black History Month events to life at Eastview Campus for the first time! These Black History Month events created a culturally immersive atmosphere for all students to witness what black history is and its importance to Austin Community College students.  Loveless, Black Student Success Committee, and various other organizations led in creating Afrocentric events focused on black migration. The theme emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. While inclusive of earlier centuries, this theme focuses especially on the twentieth century through today. ( https://asalh.org/asalhs-2019-theme-black-migrations/ )

These events took place at ACC’s Eastview Campus’ African-American Cultural Center from 11 am to 1:30 pm on each Wednesday; February 6th (Kickoff Brunch featuring Chas Moore, Co-Founder of Austin Justice Coalition, Natasha Harper-Madison, Councilwoman of District 1 in Austin, Texas, Kazique J. Prince, Senior Policy Advisor & Education Coordinator at City of Austin for Steve Adler, and Jared Breckenridge, NAACP NextGen Leader & Commissioner for the Student College  Commission), February 13th (Musical Showcase featuring Austin, Texas singers, spoken-word poets, and more), February 20th (Black History Month Trivia Bowl), and February 27th (Black Owned Business Bazaar).

These events were open to the public and all Austin Community College students were invited to attend and immerse themselves in black history, excellence, and knowledge.




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