MCC to Celebrate African-American History Month

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Byline: Submitted by McHenry County College

A musical presentation on the African influence on American music and national award-winning storyteller Barry Bradford are two of the many special events planned as part of McHenry County College's celebration of African-American History Month in February.

Kicking off the monthlong celebration will be "Without a Song," a musical presentation from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. today in the MCC cafeteria, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake. Rockford College professor Carl Cole will share a journey of the history of American music as it relates to the African heritage and including spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, pop and hip-hop.

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the college will host a program on the Montgomery Bus Boycott, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the MCC Conference Center.

Barry Bradford, a national award-winning storyteller, historian and teacher, will reveal the truth about Rosa Parks and the year that made Martin Luther King Jr. a household name.

Drawing on his experience as a civil rights scholar, activist and master storyteller, Bradford brings the unexpected, unforgettable and ultimately uplifting events of the civil rights movement alive. This event is sponsored by the MCC Conference Center, Student Life and Multicultural Programs.

Another highlight is "All that Jazz" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the MCC cafeteria, featuring Willerm Delisfort, pianist and composer, who will share a historic lecture and musical approach to African-American music. …