SCC honors Black History Month with upcoming celebrations

The Black Student Union at Scottsdale Community College will present several events in February as part of Black History Month. All events are free to attend and open to the public.

The first event will feature a talk by Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., Senior Pastor of First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix. His Feb. 9, talk will share details about his role in the movement to get Arizona to recognize the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, according to a press release.

Those efforts are chronicled in his book, “Victory Together for Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Story of Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., Governor Evan Mecham and the Historic Battle for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday in Arizona.”

Rev. Stewart’s involvement helped lead to the passage of the holiday and opened the door to the state eventually hosting Superbowl XXX in 1996.

Dr. Stewart’s talk will be in the school’s Performing Arts Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. SCC is located at 9000 E. Chaparral Road in Scottsdale.

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, a Student Showcase of Rappers will be featured.

The rappers, mentored by John “Candyman” Shaffer III, a renowned rapper from the 1980s who was a part of the NWA crew and is now an adjunct faculty member at Scottsdale Community College in the DJ program, will perform in the SC Cafeteria, the release stated.

Student performances will include Hip Hop Dancing and a performance by the well-known Kawambe-Omowale African Drum & Dance Theater Troupe.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The final event on Monday, Feb. 29 will be a presentation by Professor Bruce Thomas on “My Life as a Crow.” A residential faculty member at South Mountain Community College, he will discuss being raised during “Jim Crow” and share his perspective on living in a racially bifurcated country.

The presentation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Turquoise Room.

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