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Macomb Community College commemorating Black History Month with free events

– Monday, January 28, 2013 12:00AM

Macomb Community College is commemorating Black History Month with free programs that highlight the cultural and historical contributions of African-Americans.

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Marygrove College Dance Company will present “Breaking Boundries,” an African-inspired performance accompanied by both drum and narration and under the direction of Penny Godboldo, Marygrove dance faculty and accomplished dancer in her own right.  The performance will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on Macomb’s Center Campus, Hall and Garfield roads, Clinton Township. Preregistration is not necessary.

On Monday, Feb. 18, the Rev. Robert Jones, an accomplished Blues educator and performer and former WDET radio show host who has toured across North America and Europe, will present “African-American Roots: Music and Stories,” exploring the historical complexity of traditional songs and stories.  The presentation will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the college’s library, Macomb Community College South Campus, 12 Mile and Hayes roads, in Warren.

On Thursday, March 14, Col. Washington Ross, a veteran of the Tuskegee Airmen, the nation’s first African-American military airmen, who fought in WWII, will share his experiences. This presentation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the college’s South Campus library in Warren. 

Seating is limited for the African-American Roots and Tuskegee Airmen events, and registration is encouraged by going to, click on WebAdvisor and select Continuing Education Students.  Under the Search and Register for Continuing Education classes, enter 03877 in the course code number box for the African-American Roots event and 03879 for the Tuskegee Airmen event.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College (  is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks among the top 25 awarders of associate degrees and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities. 

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