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Date: February 8, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College to Hold Series of Events in Honor of Black History Month
Events Will Be Held at Rockville Campus in February

During the month of February, Montgomery College invites the public to attend a series of free panel discussions, talks and film presentations in honor of Black History Month. All events will take place at the College’s Rockville Campus, in the Student Activities Center, located in room 15 of the Campus Center.

On Thursday, February 22, there will be a variety of events at the College. Ben Hawley, a United States Colored Troops re-enactor, and John Riedl and Alonzo Smith, professors from the history and political science department at Montgomery College, will present their panel discussion, “African Americans and the Civil War” at 11 a.m. Afterwards, at 12 p.m., Rashida Govan will facilitate a discussion about hip-hop history and culture, entitled “Hip-Hop You Don’t Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop History and Beyond.”. Govan is director of Student Activities at the Community College of Baltimore County’s Essex Campus. At 2 p.m., the College will show “Bitter Cane,” a 1983 film about Haiti’s social and political history.

On Tuesday, February 27, Corey Bailey from the University of Maryland will discuss black fraternities and sororities. His presentation, “It’s Not Just About Stepping: Black Greek Fraternities and Sororities,” will start at 2 p.m. Bailey is the Pan-Hellenic and United Greek Council advisor and program coordinator in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Faculty, staff, administrators, and community members who are belong to black Greek letter fraternities and sororities are encouraged to attend and represent their organizations.

On Wednesday, February 28 at 2 p.m., Gregory Hamilton, President of the American Indian Heritage and Education Association, and genealogist Margo Williams, a member of the Montgomery County Historical Society and Genealogy Club, will delve into the issue of American Indians and Black Ancestry. Their visit is part of “The Gathering,” a celebration of Montgomery College’s multicultural heritage, and will also include a film presentation.

For more information about the Black History Month events at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus, contact Marcus Peanort, professor of counseling and student development, at 301-279-5055, or Alonzo Smith, professor of history and political science, at 301-251-7283. To request accommodations for a disability, please contact Professor Peanort or Professor Smith at least two weeks prior to an event.

The Rockville Campus is located at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. For directions to and around the campus, visit

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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