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Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges to hold MLK Day of Service event

Posted on: Feb 1, 2012 1:00:00 AM

Contact: Della Elliott (619) 644-7690 della.elliott@gcccd.,edu

EL CAJON -- Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are heeding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s clarion call to do good for others by extending the MLK Day of Service to Saturday, Feb. 4, when student leaders and other volunteers join together from 10 a.m. to noon at the Home of Guiding Hands to wash and clean the nonprofit group’s service fleet of vans.

The civil rights icon once said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Each year, Americans across the country honor King answer that question by coming together on the Martin Luther King holiday in mid-January to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's National Call to Service Initiative.

For more than 40 years, the Home of Guiding Hands has been providing residential support and training services to those with developmental disabilities. It is located at 1825 Gillespie Way, Suite 200, in El Cajon.

Volunteers for the colleges’ MLK Day of Service effort can register by clicking here

Marking Black History Month

Other events highlight the colleges’ commemoration of February as Black History Month.

Cuyamaca College

Feb. 13, 1 to 3 p.m.: Cuyamaca College, in conjunction with the Student Affairs office, will host a talk by Tanis King Starck, local author of  “And Her Name was Katrina: Life After the Storm,” a reflective journey of social justice and inequality in America. The free lecture will be held in Room I-207 in the student center.

 Starck, who has a doctorate in Educational Psychology from Howard University, is a noted speaker whose efforts to increase diversity in higher education span decades. She started the first certificate program  in Cultural Competency for undergraduate students in the California State University system. She is the director of the Intercultural Relations Department at San Diego State University and oversees the Cross-cultural Center, the LGBT Center, the Women’s Resource Center, the Annual Diversity Conferences, and the Cultural Competency Certificate Program.

The lecture will be followed by San Diego State’s Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity performance of Step, a competitive dance typically performed by African American fraternities and sororities.

Also through the month, the Cuyamaca College library will display posters and books featuring famous African-Americans and landmark events and topics relating to their culture.

Grossmont College

Feb. 9, 16 and 23: Jazz Kitchen Soul/Jamaican food lunch and dinner specials will be offered at the Griffin Center, with performances by the Grossmont College Music Department's Jazz Studies Program.

Feb. 23, 7 p.m and Feb. 25, 7 p.m., African Americana: The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir and the Grossmont College Master Chorale and Gospel Choir will perform in Building 26, Room 220. A second performance will be held Feb. 25 at College Avenue Baptist Church, 4747 College Ave., in San Diego. Free admission and the public is welcome to attend. More information: Grossmont College Music Department, (619) 644-7254

Feb. 27, 2 p.m., Author Kadir Nelson:  Award-winning artist, illustrator and author Kadir Nelson presents artwork from his new book, winner of the Corette Scott King Book Award, Heart & Soul: The Story of America and African Americans in Building 26, Room 220. Nelson's work focuses on African-American culture and history and is featured in museums throughout the world, including the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and the Yokohama Citizen's gallery in Japan. His work has been featured in television and film, and he created the mural used as cover art for Michael Jackson's posthumous 2010 album Michael. Nelson will be available for book signing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Griffin Center first floor, and his artwork will be on display from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

March 1, 7 p.m., Louder than a Bomb documentary: This award-winning film follows four diverse students from equally diverse schools as they prepare for an compete in the world's largest youth poetry slam in Chicago. Building 26, Room 220.

All month long, posters highlighting African-American contributions in science, math and humanities will be on display throughout the campus. Students are also encouraged to stop by the Transfer Center to learn more about the 105 historically black colleges and universities in the United States.

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