Welcome to Glendale Community College's Black History Month Celebrations

Black History Month is celebrated annually from February 1 - 29 to acknowledge the history, culture, the achievements, and contributions of African Americans in the United States.

Ways to celebrate Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, Glendale Community College has compiled a list of events, activities, and celebrations across the valley.  Please note that some events may be in person, while others are virtual. 

Calendar of Events

February 7 - 28, 2024 | 10:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. | Center Mall

Soul Food Wednesday Flyer. February 7 - 28, 2024 from 10:30 a.m - 2:00 p.m. in the Center Mall. Please see list of food trucks on the right.

Soul Food Wednesday

About Event:

Join us on each Wednesday in February for Soul Food Wednesday. Each Wednesday, Glendale Community College will host a different Soul Food Truck. Below is a list of trucks that will be featured on each day. 

2/7 - Mingo's Louisiana Food Truck

2/14 - AZ Fry Guy Food Truck

2/21 - Mel and Libby's Soul Food Truck

2/28 - Screaming Hot Chicken 

Please stop by the Soul Food Truck to purchase your plate of food. 

February 6 & 7, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Student Union

Black History Month Trivia Flyer. February 6 & 7 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Student Union.

Black History Month Trivia

In honor of Black History Month, the Glendale Community College presents Black History Month Trivia. Join us for an day of Black History and Black Music Trivia. Winners will receive a Maya Angelou Quarter and a Black History Month Sticker.

February 13, 2024 | 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. | SU 104 E

Black History Month Presentation with Dr. Alexander Patrick-Rolando on February 13, 2024 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m in SU 104 E. Dr. Patrick-Rolando will discuss this year's National Black History Month theme, African American and the Arts. A photo of Dr. Patrick-Rolando is located on the right and center of the flyer.

Join us as Dr. Patrick Rolando discusses this year's National Black History Month's theme, African Americans and the Arts.

African Americans and the Arts

About the Presenter:

L. Alexander Patrick-Rolando, PhD, (He/Him/His) is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and is Residential Faculty in Social Sciences, working to ensure students, faculty, and staff have equitable access to education and safe and inclusive work environments. Outside of the education world, Dr. Patrick-Rolando continues enjoying the world of the arts! Throughout his artistic timeline, he has consistently enjoyed working as a visual artist, a theatrical performer, a dance performer, and on occasion, a vocalist. Currently, his primary mode of artistic expression is through dance.  He has trained and performed, locally, nationwide, and internationally. Additionally, he uses his art to help fundraise for a number of charities. He is currently dancing as a company member of Convergence Ballet and Scorpius Dance Theatre in Phoenix. He appreciates the arts in every way and continues to work towards a shared value for the experiences of every being. Dr. Patrick-Rolando is thankful for his family and friends and all of the amazing and inspirational teachers, artists, and everyone that has supported and nurtured his talents.

February 21, 2024 | 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. | SU 104 E

Black History Month Presentation Flyer featuring Rorvis Gilmore. February 21, 2024 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in SU 104E. A photo of Mr. Gilmore is located on the right and center of the flyer.

In his talk, Black Wall Street, Mr. Gilmore will discuss one of the wealthiest Black communities, the horrendous events of June 1, 1921, and its impact on African Americans, and how the event was discussed in America before it became mainstream knowledge. 

Black Wall Street

About the Presenter:

Rorvis(Roar-Vis) Gilmore Jr. is a first generation college student. He attended Estrella Mountain Community College, where he obtained his Associates in Arts. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies through Northern Arizona University (NAU). He was a Student Ambassador at EMCC but now is a Lead in the GCC Peer Success Coach Program. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Chi Eta and Lambda Pi Eta.

February 22, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Virtually on Zoom

The Life and Works of Lorraine Hansberry

About the Presentation:

Jeff Kruse will share his passion for this civil rights leader and extraordinary playwright. Spend your time on this Zoom Webinar and find out more about all that Lorraine accomplished in her much too brief life. This will include a time for your questions and comments. 

Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/484eQeK
Meeting ID: 96580652820

Passcode:  932179 

February 28, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. | Virtually on Zoom

Black History Month Presentation Flyer for Dr. Meskerem Glegziabher. February 28, 2024 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. virtually on Zoom. Link to Join is below. A photo of Dr. Glegziabher is located on the right and center of the flyer.

In her talk, Where are all the Black Folks? Exploring the erasure of Black History in Arizona, Dr. Glegiabher will explore how discursive and geographic erasures combine to render Black Arizona's indisceniables within dominant narratives about the state. 

Where are all the Black Folks? Exploring the erasure of Black History in Arizona

About the Presenter:

Meskerem Glegziabher earned her doctorate and master's in anthropology with a graduate concentration in gender and development from Michigan State University in 2016. She is an applied cultural anthropologist whose research and praxis focuses on intersectional marginalization, notions of belonging, and structural inequity. Most recently, she was a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement in Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change. In 2019, she curated and co-developed the traveling multi-media exhibit, "The Great Migration: Indiscernibles in Arizona,'' exploring Black Migration into the state.

Recommendations showcasing members of the African-American/Black community

Infographic listing Glendale Community College's Black History Month Reading List Recomendations

GCC Black History Month Reading List Transcript

A Black Women's History of the United States by Diana Ramey Berry, Kali Nicole Gross

A More Beautiful & Terrible History by Jeanne Theoharis

A Promise Land by Barack Obama

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

Black Firsts by Jessie Carney Smith

Black Women Taught Us: An Intimate History of Black Feminism by Jenn M. Jackson

Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Caste: The Orgins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Chocolate Cities by Marcus Anthony Hunter & Zandria F. Robinson

Chokehold by Paul Butler

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

Encyclopedia of African-American Culture & History by Colin A. Palmer

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha Blai

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime by Elizabeth Hinton

Heavy by Kiese Laymon

His Name is Geroge Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Robert Samuels, Toluse Olorunnipa

How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I'm Still Here Austin by Channing Brown

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea J. Ritchie

Just As I Am by Cecily Tyson

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Locking up Our Own by James Forman

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

North of Slavery by Leon F. Litwack

Poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Reproductive Injustice by Dána-Ain Davis

Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership & Activism by Jelani M. Favors

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde & Cheryl Clarke

So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Stamped from the Beginning: A Graphic History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi, Joel Christian Gill

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley (as told to)

The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis by Maria Similios

The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The Black Revolution on Campus by Martha Biondi

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Challenge of Blackness by Derrick E. White

The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston by Michelle Moore

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward

The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement by Jon Hale

The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward E. Baptist

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Mis-education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs

The Vanishing Half by JBrit Bennett

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett, Dave Zirin, Martellus Bennett

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga

Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker

Unseen by Dana Canedy, Darcy Eveleigh, Damien Cave & Rachel L. Swarns

Vigilance: The Life of William Still, Father of the Underground Railroad by Andrew K. Diemer

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson

When they Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Angela Davis

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Infographic listing Glendale Community College's Black History Month Films & TV Series Recomendations

GCC Black History Month Film & TV Series List Transcript


Just Mercy - HBO Max

Ballerina's Tale - Prime

Moonlight - Prime

42 - HBO Max

Crooklyn - Prime

Boyz n the Hood - Hulu

Drumline - Prime

The Hate U Give - Hulu

The Butler - Prime

The Princess and the Frog - Disney +

I Am Not Your Negro - Prime

I will Follow - Netflix

12 Years a Slave - Prime

Malcolm X - HBO Max

Black Panther 1 & 2 - Disney +

If Beale Street Could Talk - Hulu

Judas and the Black Messiah - HBO Max

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse - HBO Max

Marshall - Prime

Selma - Prime

Hidden Figures - Disney +

13th - Netflix

Harriet - Prime, Netflix

Fences - Prime

Akeela & the Bee - Prime

Soul - Disney +

Bessie - HBO Max

Raisin in the Sun - Prime

The Last Black Man in San Francisco - Prime

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - Netflix

Love & Basketball - HBO Max

Summer of Soul - Hulu

Soul Food - HBO Max

Loving - Netflix

Race - Prime

Black is King - Disney +

TV Series: 

Moesha - Netflix

Sister, Sister - Netflix

Girlfriends - Netflix

On my Block - Netflix

Colin in Black & White - Netflix

Self Made - Netflix

The Get Down - Netflix

Dear White People - Netflix

Pose - Netflix

All American - Netflix

Grownish - Hulu

When they See Us - Netflix

African-American/Black Businesses & Resources in the Valley

Online Resources and Library Guides

Please note that Black History Month events are free and open to the public. For questions regarding Black History Month, please contact the Student Leadership Center @ 623.845.4617

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