Kellogg Community College’s annual celebration of Black History Month continues this February with a return to in-person events along with initiatives and resources focused on the African American experience. See our event calendar for 2022 below.
Click here for panelist bios for our Feb. 3 “Sharing the Black Experience” panel.
Black History Month Events & Activities
EVENT NAME DATE & TIME LOCATION DESCRIPTION LINK
Black History Month/Art Exhibit Opening Reception 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31 Morris Library on North Avenue Campus Join us to celebrate the start of Black History Month with multimedia exhibits throughout KCC’s Morris Library and Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center! Light refreshments will be provided at the reception in the Morris Library Jaziel Pugh Art Exhibit: “Solo” Jan. 31-Feb. 28 Morris Library on North Avenue Campus Battle Creek artist and former KCC student Jaziel Pugh will exhibit more than a dozen digital prints in an exhibit titled “Solo.” The collection features works including Pugh’s reoccurring original character Soul exploring his personality in a variety of environments. Hustle Dance Class with Crystal Hall 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 Kellogg Room on North Avenue Campus A funky international disco dance craze rooted in African American culture! Join instructor Crystal Hall as she teaches the basics of the Hustle. Hymns and Spirituals Community Sing 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6 Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center Auditorium A Project of the Sacred Music Certificate Program: KCC’s popular community hymn and spirituals singalong event returns to campus after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. KCC Vocal Arts Director Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard will lead the audience in singing traditional Christian hymns and African American spirituals favored across a variety of denominations. KCC faculty pianists Nancy Brown and Kathy Cary will accompany on the piano in addition to performing special music. Minor Element Concert 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 Student Center on North Avenue Campus KCC alumnus Brandon Fitzpatrick and his band Minor Element will fill the KCC Student Center with jazz fusion. Soul Food Cooking Demonstration with Kimberly Bennett 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 Kellogg Room on North Avenue Campus Kimberly Bennet, owner of Taste-A-Licious Catering in Battle Creek, will prepare a chicken dish while we discuss the definition of Soul Food and its importance to black culture. Soul Food Luncheon 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 Binda Performing Arts Center Lobby $5 for students, $10 general public
A popular Black History Month favorite at KCC, the Soul Food Luncheon returns this year with a menu including items from Battle Creek’s Island Style BBQ, Simply Sensational Berries, Soul Good and Taste-A-Licious Catering.
Panel Discussion: “Sharing the Black Experience”
Monday, March 7
6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3
Binda Performing Arts Center on North Avenue Campus Panelists include KCC President Dr. Adrien Bennings; actor/singer Altamiece Cooper; educator Dr. Kenneth Jackson; Battle Creek Community Foundation Development Officer Lynn Ward Gray
Black History Month Resources
- View our list of 16 books to read during Black History Month, recommended by KCC English professor Ron Davis
- View our list of 23 movies and TV series to watch during Black History Month, recommended by KCC English professor Ron Davis
- KCC Vice President of Instruction Dr. Paul Watson answers the question: What does Black History Month mean to me? on YouTube
- KCC Vocal Arts Director and Music Coordinator Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard answers the question: What does Black History Month mean to me? on YouTube
- Here is a special performance by the Brandon Fitzpatrick Trio, created specifically for KCC’s Black History Month celebration in 2021
- Check out last year’s “Unsung Americans Sung: A Celebration of the Black American Musical Tapestry,” a special Black History Month virtual concert series presented on YouTube and featuring performances in three parts
- Check out last year’s virtual museum tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC
For more information about Black History Month events, initiatives and resources at KCC, contact KCC’s Student Life office at 269-565-2634 or [email protected].