Black History Events

Laurel Ridge Community College hosts a number of events in celebration of Black History Month throughout the entire month of February. Stay tuned for February 2023 programming!

Movie Bingo Play-Along: Rafiki

Thursday, February 10 @ 7:00pm

Virtual; Sign up: 

Featuring Rafiki (2019)

Kena and Ziki live very different lives in Nairobi. Kena works in her father’s shop and awaits the start of nursing school, while Ziki passes the days hanging out with her friends and making up dance routines. Their paths cross when their fathers run against each other for seats in the County Assembly, and they find themselves drawn to each other. Soon their interest grows to affection and the girls find ways to love each other despite the ever-watching gaze of the neighborhood.

Zuzu African Acrobats

Wednesday, February 16 @ 12:30pm

In-Person; Middletown Campus: Corron Conference Center

The Zuzu Acrobats perform traditional African acrobatics passed on by generations of Bantu people in East Africa. They combine circus arts with traditional dance movement and music. Their signature acts are pyramid building, hand balance, unicycling, chair balance, and movement.

HBCU Transfer Fair

Wednesday, February 16 @ 6:30pm-8:30pm

Virtual; Sign up here

The VCCS Peer Advising Group is hosting a Transfer Fair specifically for historically black colleges and universities. This event will feature numerous HBCUs and an alumni panel.

Guest Talk: Afrofuturism in Science Fiction

Thursday, February 17 @ 7pm

Virtual; Sign up:

Join us via Zoom as Dr. Isiah Lavender presents on the rise of Afrofuturism in science fiction literature, particularly in the works of groundbreaking author Octavia Butler!

Dr. Lavender is the Sterling Goodman Professor of English at the University of Georgia and author of four books, including Afrofuturism Rising: The Literary Prehistory of a Movement, Race in American Science FictionBlack and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction , and Dis-Orienting Planets: Racial Representations of Asia in Science Fiction. He is currently working on his next monograph, Critical Race Theory and Science Fiction.

Maya May, Comedian

Monday, February 21 @ 5:30pm-6:30pm

Virtual; Sign up: Ridgecomedy0221

Maya May is a writer and stand-up who used humor to navigate the awkwardness of growing up a black nerd and only child in suburban Chicago. She started standup in 2014, months after moving back to the US after 8 years abroad.

Book Talk: Octavia Butler’s Kindred

Tuesday, February 22 @ 4pm

Virtual; Sign up:

Join us for a book club discussion of Octavia Butler’s Kindred, adapted into a graphic novel by Damian Duffy! We will meet virtually through Zoom to share our thoughts on this science fiction classic.

The library will be providing a limited number of physical copies of the graphic novels to students who register for the event. Students who attend the virtual book club will be able to keep the graphic novel. Students who cannot attend the book club will need to return the copy afterwards.
If you are a student who would like to be provided a copy (as long as available), please select that option when registering!

An eBook copy of the book is also available through the Laurel Ridge library and can be accessed through our EBSCO eBook Collection here: Octavia Butler’s Kindred by Damian Duffy

For more information on downloading or accessing eBooks through EBSCO: How to Use EBSCO eBooks

More on Octavia Butler’s Kindred:

Octavia E. Butler’s bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece, Kindred, now in graphic novel format. More than 35 years after its release, Kindred continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler’s mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century.
Butler’s most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana’s own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him.
The intersectionality of race, history, and the treatment of women addressed within the original work remain critical topics in contemporary dialogue, both in the classroom and in the public sphere. Frightening, compelling, and richly imagined, Kindred offers an unflinching look at our complicated social history, transformed by the graphic novel format into a visually stunning work for a new generation of readers.

Black History Month Trivia Challenge

Thursday, February 24 @ 3pm

Virtual; Sign up:

Play against other Laurel Ridge students, staff, and faculty for a chance to win a gift card to The Cheesecake Factory!!! For each challenge, we will have 1 student winner and 1 faculty/staff winner (courtesy of the CHASE committee). Email [email protected] with questions.

Black History BINGO

Thursday, February 24 @ 8pm
Monday, February 28 @ 2pm

Virtual; Sign up:

Join us February 24th at 8PM EST for Black History BINGO Live on Zoom with Cedric Baggett. Participants will have an opportunity to win Amazon e-gift cards while we celebrate and learn all about Black History including influential People, Events, and Movements. Cedric will share more about who these people are, some of the events and movements over time and how they shaped Black History.