Waubonsee Community College hosts Black History Month events

Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove will host events in February to celebrate Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public.

• "Black History Month: Virtual Kick-off" will start things off on Tuesday, Feb. 1 from noon to 12:30 p.m.

• "Black History Month: The Persistent Impact of Implicit Bias" is a discussion on identifying, owning, and managing bias. This session will be hosted by cultural equity expert Marc Perry, executive director of Community Action Inc., on Thursday, Feb. 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

• "Storming the Gates: The Struggle for Access to Higher Education in Illinois" is a documentary film chronicling the history of African American and Latino students in Illinois higher education. The screening and discussion run from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7.

• "Black History Month: The Story of Black Hair" will be a session to learn about the evolution of Black hair. In today's society, Black hair has been a growing topic of

discussion. It takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 9, from noon to 12:30 p.m.

• "Black Poets Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" will be hosted by Anthony Stanford, a freelance writer and former Tribune Media columnist. Stanford is the 2014 recipient of Aurora's Outstanding African American Leadership Award, an Aurora Cultural Champion awardee, and 2019 Deputy Poet Laureate for the city. This will be an evening of poetry on Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

• "Black History Month Trivia" happens on Monday, Feb. 21, from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m.

• "Introduction to African American Genealogy" will explore the basics of genealogy research, ways that descendants of both free people and the formerly enslaved can trace their ancestors, and how the use of DNA is leading the way to repair families torn apart by the system of slavery. It will run on Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

• "Black History Month Virtual Panel Discussion: Black Experiences in Higher Education" will be an enlightening panel discussion with Waubonsee leaders as they discuss their experiences as students and educators on Monday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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