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Black History Month: Leadership, Perseverance, Economics

Black History Month will feature three exciting, eclectic speakers plus an Expo showcasing performances by student groups.

“This is an excellent program,” said Ode Hoppie, assistant director of Student Activities. “They are entertaining, motivational and humorous. I think students will benefit and really enjoy the activities.”

Black History Month begins Monday, February 8 with a lecture by Joshua Fredenburg, a nationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant who provides expert advice on leadership, diversity, and healthy relationships in a practical, engaging, inspiring, and dynamic manner. He has reached thousands of emerging and seasoned leaders in 42 different states as a keynote speaker, workshop presenter and leadership trainer.

He is also the author of “A Call to Action; 14 Highly Effective Leadership Principles for Leaders of Millennials,” “Are You the World’s Next Top Leader?” and “50 Questions Before You Say I Do.”

In 2010, Mr. Fredenburg created the Circle of Change Leadership Conference, an award-winning annual leadership development conference for college students that provides emerging and seasoned leaders with the skills, resources and opportunity to learn. The program will be in the Corral Restaurant in the College Center at 11 a.m..

On Thursday, February 18, several student organizations, along with the Student Activities Office, will sponsor a Black History Month Expo featuring presentations and performances by student groups. These include the Step Team, The MCC Gospel Choir, and others. The event, at 2 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the College Center, will highlight and celebrate the contributions of African Americans in areas such as politics, music and theatre. It will also educate the MCC community on historical figures and moments in African American history.

Christopher Grant will speak on Monday, February 29 at 11 a.m. in the College Center Corral. Mr. Grant appeared on USA Network’s show “Summer Camp,” a reality-based elimination show. He is dedicated to helping people overcome everyday challenges through fitness and humor. His presentation is an interactive and laugh-out-loud funny presentation on setting goals, following dreams and diversity in entertainment.

“There is absolutely nothing in this world that you cannot do,” he said. “The only person holding you back is you. Get out of your own way!”

Finally, on Monday, March 21, Kimberly Dark will speak on Gender, Race and Money at 11 a.m. in the College Center Corral. She is a writer, storyteller and speaker who will teach participants about trends – both historical and current day – in the distribution of wealth in America and how those trends affect all Americans. Participants come to understand “the 1 percent” and how to make connections to work toward a more just economy.

For more information contact Student Activities at 732-906-2569.