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Celebrate Black History Month with SMCC!

Mark your calendar for the exciting performances and events happening at South Mountain Community College (SMCC) during the month of February in celebration of Black History.

Each year SMCC presents two signature performing arts events. RETURN TO THE AFRICAN VILLAGE, “5th Annual Black History Month Event-Oral Traditions Today: Returning to the African Village”. Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Auditorium. This performance is presented by the SMCC Storytelling Institute. Event information is available at 602.243.8026.

The SMCC Music Department presents the annual JAZZ FESTIVAL on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.  This year’s festival features special guest, Dmitri Matheny & the SMCC Jazz Ensemble. Jazz Festival start at 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Auditorium.

Student Life and Leadership is hosting a variety of community events in honor of Black History month. All events take place at the SMCC Main Campus located at 7050 S. 24th Street.

Jan. 29, 2015: Mr. Kevin Taylor, director of “Black Women Walking” will meet with students on 1/29/15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the LRC Patio to present a facilitated discussion.

Feb. 3, 2015: The American Red Cross Blood Drive celebrates the accomplishments of Dr. Charles R. Drew, the African American surgeon and researcher who organized America’s first large-scale blood bank and trained a generation of black physicians at Howard University. The American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Union. Appointments can be scheduled online at or by calling 800.RED.CROSS (sponsor code SMCC)

Feb. 9, 2015: Community Health Day in recognition of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, breaking down ethnic barriers in medicine. Daniel Hale Williams founded the first black-owned hospital in America, and performed the world’s first successful heart surgery, in 1893. Determined that Chicago should have a hospital where both black and white doctors could study and where black nurses could receive training, Williams rallied for a hospital open to all races. After months of hard work, he opened Provident Hospital and Training School for Nurses on May 4, 1891, the country’s first interracial hospital and nursing school.  This event takes place 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the LRC Patio.

Feb.18, 2015: The Arizona Buffalo Soldiers Motor Cycle Club commemorates the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers, the all-Black U.S. Army cavalry that secured the western territories and became an integral part of American history. The performance will take place 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the LRC Patio.

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