Black History Month Events at NCC in February

Black History Month is celebrated nationally each year during the month of February to celebrate the achievements and contributions of African-Americans to world history. According to the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH), the 2018 theme is “African- Americans in Times of War.” This theme “commemorates the centennial of the end of the First World War in 1918, and explores the complex meanings and implications of this international struggle and its aftermath.”

The following events will be held at NCC:

Discussion of “African-Americans in the War for Independence”
Thursday, February 1
10 to 11:20 a.m., West Campus, Room W208

Students in History Professor Steve Berizzi’s United States History I class will discuss “African-Americans in the War for Independence” and more generally during the “Age of the American Revolution.” The discussion focus will be on petitions sent by slaves to the Massachusetts legislature in 1773 and 1777, and the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  Prospective visitors who wish to receive copies of the texts in advance should contact Prof. Berizzi at  The public is invited, but space is limited.

Meet the Author: Dr. Maya Akbar, “Urban Trauma: A History of Racism”
Thursday, February 8
1  to 3 p.m., East Campus, Gen Re Forum

Students, faculty and staff are invited to come and learn about Dr. Akbar’s amazing historical research on the topic of modern day urban trauma and its pathological connection to the post-traumatic effects of slavery. Dr. Akbar will help us to understand how “Urban Trauma” and the post-traumatic effect of slavery continues to manifest in the lives of people of color today in an effort to dismantle racial ideas about people of color. Listen to her personal testimony that inspired the research and the book, “Urban Trauma: A Legacy of Racism.” Book signing and reception to follow. The book will be available at the NCC bookstore as well on There will also be a raffle of the book during the reception. This event is presented by Fresh Check Day and The Committee of Diversity and Inclusion.

Soul Food Cook-Off
Wednesday, February 21
1 to 2:30 p.m., West Campus Atrium

Calling all cooks! The second annual Black History Month Soul Food Cook-Off invites students, faculty and staff to compete for a $100 in prizes. The Cook-Off is seeking entries in four categories: Banana Pudding, Mac-n-Cheese, Sweet Potato Pie and Potato Salad. Multiple entries are allowed.  Thanks to a generous donation from the NCC Foundation, all participants will receive non-perishable ingredients to use in their dish submission. To enter, you must submit a registration form by Thursday, February 1. To obtain a registration form, contact Stefanie Ortiz at

Film Screening of “The Black Panther”
Friday, February 23
Bus leaves from West Campus Lobby at 9 a.m.

The Student Activities Office has booked a private screening of the new Marvel movie, “The Black Panther,” at a movie theater in Norwalk. Tickets are $10 and include transportation, movie ticket, a small popcorn and soda. Tickets are now on sale in West 112. A limited number of tickets are available. Sponsored by Student Activities and Student Government. This event is for students only.