West Campus Celebrates Black History

A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses

With at least two significant observances during the spring 2019 term, West Campus employees and students recognized the importance of celebrating black achievement and culture.

In January, West Campus celebrated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a tribute video played in the campus stores and a celebratory event prior to the holiday weekend. This event welcomed anyone with a voice who is inspired by Dr. King’s life and legacy to share their gift via open mic. Each participant who spoke was given two tickets to the Orlando Magic home game which was held on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Then, in February, the College celebrated Black History Month 2019 — the annual celebration of achievements and contributions made by African-Americans and the African-diaspora. With at least one event each week, West Campus embraced the collegewide effort of the Valencia African Heritage Committee to present educational and enjoyable events that followed the National Black History Month 2019 theme: Black Migrations and Urban Realities.

With a range of musical performances, discussions and film screenings, there were exciting events that highlighted black history, culture and achievement. A special appreciation goes out to the West Campus Black History Committee, Campus Activity Board, Bridges to Success, Behavioral and Social Sciences Division, and Humanities Division on West Campus.

West Campus also hosted one of the first collegewide Black History Month Banquets in conjunction with the Black Advisory Committee Incentive Awards.

If you are interested in joining the West Campus Black History Committee and its effort in celebrating African-diaspora events year-round, please contact Danielle McKinnon, academic division coordinator, at dmckinnon3@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 1183.

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