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Black History Month Events Calendar

Join the Celebration!

In celebration of Black History Month, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) presents cultural and community events that honor the achievements of Black people and the importance of civil rights in America.

EMCC will be hosting a broad range of Black History Month events throughout February that feature learning, discussion, and support. See below for the full calendar of events.


 

1976

Black History Month was officially recognized in 1976 to honor the accomplishments of Black people throughout American history.

Looking back at Allenville — Buckeye’s all-Black community

In honor of Black History Month, we’re looking back at Allenville, an all-Black community that lived in harmony from 1944 until 1978 when a devastating flood forced everyone to abandon the one-square-mile town for good...

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One in four cowboys in the Southwest was Black? The most famous Black cowboy was Nat Love, whose autobiography was published in 1907.

Born into slavery in 1854, Love left Nashville, Tennessee at 15 years old and headed West. He decided to make his way to Dodge City, Kansas, a trip of about 900 miles, which he says he made “by walking and occasional lifts from farmers going my way." He had developed a talent for breaking horses, and he was able to use this ability to make a living in Dodge City and further West.

Love began working for the Pete Gallinger company, located on the Gila River in Southern Arizona, in 1872. Love explains that he “became one of their most trusted men” and “soon became well known among the cowboys[,] rangers, scouts and guides” he encountered along the cattle trails he followed from the Gila River to western Texas.

While Love was able to make a good living as a cowboy, historian Deborah M. Liles explains that the prevalence of Black cowboys in the West was no coincidence. She explains that slave narratives, letters, and journals describe how enslaved men, women, and children were often responsible for tending to cattle in the deep South, and they “used these valuable skills after emancipation in the era of the great cattle drives.” In fact, it is estimated that there may have been more than 9,000 working Black cowboys in the West in the 1880s.

To read a digital version of Nat Love's autobiography, visit https://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/natlove/natlove.html.

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Sundown Towns

Although they may, at first blush, sound vaguely pleasant, for Black Americans, sundown towns represent the worst threats of human existence—violence, injustice, and death.

The term “sundown” means, plainly, that Black Americans would face violence, unlawful arrest, or death if they remained in the town after dark.

In the early and mid-20th century, some towns, including Tempe, Scottsdale, and Prescott, put up offensive and threatening signs that warned Black travelers and workers to leave by dark. Other towns weren’t so forthright, which meant Black Americans had to quickly discover the threat levels or face violence.

The Arizona Territory had started as a Confederate outpost before being taken over by Union forces and claimed as a Union territory in 1863. But the switch from Confederate to Union did not guarantee freedom for Arizona’s Black residents, since many early settlers in Arizona were white Confederate transplants from the slave-owning South. These settlers brought their culture and prejudices with them to the desert Southwest.

In fact, just three years before it became a state, in 1909, Arizona passed a series of segregation and Jim Crow laws that made it illegal for Black and white people to share educational facilities or public places like restaurants and parks, and it required that all potential voters take a literacy test before being registered to vote.

These laws stayed on the books in Arizona until the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but there are, even today, some towns in Arizona where it is not safe for our Black students and employees to travel.

To learn more about sundown towns, visit https://sundown.tougaloo.edu/sundowntowns.php.

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The Black Lives Matter Movement

#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer.

Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Inc. is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.

By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, BLM is winning immediate improvements in Black lives.

To learn more about the movement, visit https://blacklivesmatter.com/.

Civil Rights Leader Robert Williams
Did you know?

Robert Williams, the grandson of a former slave, was born in 1925 in Monroe, North Carolina. Williams was an American civil rights leader who believed in the right to self-defense against racist violence.

As early as the late 1940s, Williams was advocating armed self-reliance for migrant laborers and victims of civil rights abuses—views that were uncommon at the time among civil rights activists.

Williams once said, “Nowhere in the annals of history does the record show a people delivered from bondage by patience alone.”

To learn more about Robert Williams, visit https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/williams-robert-f-192....

Event Calendar

Event

Date

Time

Facilitators

Workshop Support

WebEx Links

Black History and Achievement Month: Kick-Off

Mon, 2/1

12pm - 1:30pm

  • Dr. Lewis Andrea Brownlee
  • Dr. Felicia Ganther
  • Ms. Trineka Greer
  • Mr. Daniel Meador
  • Dr. Rey Rivera
  • Ms. Kristina Scott
  • Ms. Najmah Muhammad
  • Dr. Deborah Cotton

Kick-off Meeting Link

Call-in: ‪(US) +1 602-666-0783‬ (toll)
Access code: 146 403 093 0

10 Things You Probably Did Not Know That Africa, Africans, and Black People Gave to the Americas

Tues, 2/2

11:30am - 12:30pm

  • Dr. Lewis Andrea Brownlee
  • Dr. Deborah Cotton

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=mee68180d35a3183b8615ace6d8f7cbc4

Call-in: ‪(US) +1 602-666-0783‬ (toll)
Access code: 146 418 823 2

Taking a Look at Black History

Fri, 2/5

1pm - 2pm

  • Dr. Mathew Whitaker
  • Ms. Linda Cutright

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=m4ef4911818fd4ea1d1591f64777b72bd

Call-in: +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 146 859 1267

Celebrating Our Youth

Mon, 2/8

12pm - 1pm

  • Ms. Linda Cutright
  • Ms. Najmah Muhammad

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=m8719b44741d11aa8b5b7e9ed8dba1891

Call-in: +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 146 923 2370

ABCs of Racism

Tues, 2/9

12pm - 1pm

  • Ms. Monica Williams
  • Ms. Clarissa Ragland-Davis
  • Ms. Najmah Muhammad

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=ma35a944bf6df7853541e4d1e92741311

Call-in: +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 146 209 0668

Introducing the West Valley NAACP

Weds, 2/10

1pm - 2pm

  • Ms. Linda Cutright
  • Bishop Anthony Holt
  • Ms. Candy Carter

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=m3e4465c15f6bca6ca8a67045f1f76d9b

Call-in: Join by phone +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 146 906 3434

7 Habits of Financially Successful People

Weds, 2/10

3pm - 4pm

  • Mr. Elroy Masters Jr.
  • Mr. Austin Shepard

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=mbd7747c324a412a1a58bf9cf8dce5769

Call-in: +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 146 464 7321

Trauma in the Black Community

Tues, 2/16

1pm - 2pm

  • Dr. Carlian Dawson
  • Ms. Linda Cutright

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=m75e1d05176ed670587fd2bd47b3b444a

Call-in: +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 146 358 371

As we remember, we begin to heal: Honoring those we lost from COVID

Tues, 2/16

2pm - 3pm

  • Ms. Linda Cutright
  • Ms. Candy Carter

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=m56b0a3d382839078600437d8069fd09a

Call-in: +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 146 778 3444

Health Awareness: How COVID has impacted the Black Community

Weds, 2/17

2pm - 3pm

  • Dr. Petrenia Davis Jenkins
  • Ms. Lapetria Jordan
  • Ms. Linda Cutright

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=m6e8f59367505fe65d9051ccc0b9a65f9

Call-in: +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 146 694 0615

7 Habits of Financially Successful People: Part 2

Weds, 2/17

3pm - 4pm

  • Mr. Elroy Masters Jr.
  • Mr. Austin Shepard

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=md82bd645c28d83f9d620ad3128dd6fd9

Call-in: +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 146 779 7486

Crown Act: The Official Guide to Natural Hair Discrimination Law

Thurs, 2/18

12pm - 1pm

  • Tracy Sanders, Esq.
  • Ms. Clarissa Ragland-Davis
  • Dr. Linda Manning

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=mf9bd87fd29ca8a26b9613796e4d1512b

Call-in: +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 146 723 1095

Black Student Union Interest: “For the Culture Game Night”

Thurs, 2/18

5:30-6:30pm

  • Ms. Miyah Wilson
  • Ms. Najmah Muhammad

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=m70763c7a01a7347e4f931052809876d1

The Art of Hair Braiding with Charity Jones

Fri, 2/19

1pm - 2pm

  • Charity Jones
  • Ms. Linda Cutright

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=maffa934682efbde6324c353f9686f6b0

Call-in: +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 146 962 4252

Book Talks: Black Fatigue-How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit. By Mary-Frances Winters

Mon, 2/22

11am - 12pm

  • Dr. Deborah Cotton
  • Ms. Najmah Muhammad

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=m617a0184649bfae67dee0e29674ade56

Call-in: +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 146 358 371

What are they doing now? Panel Discussion

Mon, 2/22

1pm - 2:30pm

  • Ms. Linda Cutright
  • Mr. Daniel Meador
  • Facilitators

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=mc4febf913ae2b05d648908d01a70745e

Call-in: +1 602-666-0783 (toll)
Access code: 146 431 902 9

What To Do When Stopped By The Police

Thurs, 2/25

10am - 12pm

  • Ms. Cheryl Gipson Thurman
  • Phoenix Police Dept
  • Ms.Cheryl Gipson Thurman

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=m8fb91f9dfdc05a165ea0d531016becd4

Call-in: +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 146 447 7441

Black Business Forum

Thurs, 2/25

12pm - 1pm

  • Ms. Clarissa Ragland-Davis
  • Ms. Candy Carter
  • Facilitators

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=m404bd930b41dd372ddff913302f0fef3

Call-in: +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 146 201 3625

Black History and Achievement Month: Wrap-Up & Mini Talent Showcase

Fri, 2/26

1pm - 2:30pm

 

  • Mr. Daniel Meador
  • Ms. Linda Cutright
  • Ms. Najmah Muhammad

Meeting Link: https://maricopa.webex.com/maricopa/j.php?MTID=m89e954a1f35cc7420e7ece6fb08d5dd1

Call-in: +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 146 748 7518

For additional info, contact Najmah Muhammad at 623-935-8488.