CCC Black History Month uses the past to influence the future

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Students and employees will celebrate Black History Month at Coconino Community College on Monday, Feb. 27 with a special presentation by Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans.


This year’s celebration theme is “Honoring the Past and Inspiring the Future,” which focuses on unity and inclusion. Speakers will include current CCC students and CCC alumni, a singing performance by a current CCC student, and a keynote speech by Mayor Evans.


Derik Yellowhair, Coconino Community College Student Life Coordinator, said, “Diversity is important to CCC. The Black History Month Celebration is a way of learning about the past and understanding current issues in order to make change for the future.”


Mayor Evans will be speaking on the history of social justice, the importance of unity, influential people in history, current leaders, future leaders, and the need for action. Mayor Evans was sworn into office Dec. 20 2017 as Flagstaff’s first African American mayor. In addition to her service on the Flagstaff City Council, she is the Executive Director of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association of Flagstaff. Mayor Evans is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in sustainability and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. In addition, she has a master’s level certificate in Public Management and is nationally certified in public participation practices.


The chronicle of Black History Month began in 1915 when historian Carter G. Woodsen and minister Jesse E. Moorland created the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. This organization was devoted to investigating the achievements made by black Americans. What started as a week of appreciation turned into a month in 1976 when President Gerald R. Ford officially dubbed it as Black History Month. This month is meant to acknowledge the often-overlooked accomplishments made by black Americans throughout history. 


CCC’s event will be at the Lone Tree campus, 2800 S. Lone Tree Road, in the Commons. This event will be from 3-4 p.m. and is open to students, faculty, staff and the public.


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About Coconino Community College


Coconino Community College faculty and staff are dedicated to promoting an environment of excellence to support students. Since 1991, CCC has served residents across 18,000 square miles of Coconino County. The College has helped create the region's skilled workforce, with the goal of improving the lives of our residents through workforce development and higher education. CCC has served more than 75,000 students countywide, with two campuses in Flagstaff and an instructional site in Page.


CCC provides affordable tuition and a variety of certificates and degrees including career/technical programs with nearly 50 certificate programs and two-year associate degrees in various fields. Those fields include nursing, fire science, law enforcement and business. Additionally, CCC has programs that ease student transition to any of the three state universities.


CCC reaches out to the more rural portions of the County including Williams, the Grand Canyon/Tusayan, Page/Lake Powell, Fredonia, Tuba City and other remote areas on the Navajo, Hopi and Supai Tribal Lands. Instructional sites offer classes through online, in-person and Interactive Television classes to meet the needs of students in these rural and remote areas. Nearly 20 percent of CCC's students are Native American learners.

Tuesday, 14th February 2017

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  • Tuesday, 14th February 2017