Black History Month Read-In event planned Feb. 21

In recognition of Black History Month, SC4’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is hosting a Read-In event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, in the Fine Arts Theatre.

The National African American Read-In was created in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.

“Black History Month is a celebration of achievements and contributions to human development. And the fact that Black history is part of American history is essential for all Americans to know, learn about and understand,” said Jessica Brown, director of SC4’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The event is focused on bringing the community together to listen to the reading of poems, stories and book excerpts from favorite Black authors. Program participants include K-12 students, SC4 students, faculty, staff and local citizens.

Brown stated, “The Read-In event reflects groundbreaking efforts to encourage communities to read together, centering on African American books and authors and celebrating the beautiful legacy together.”

The mission of SC4’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is to advance the college’s efforts in providing educational access and support for all. The office hosts national speakers, podcasts, guided book discussion, events and programs to make our campus an inclusive environment for students, faculty, staff and our community.

Attendees are asked to register in advance for the free Read-In event by filling out the event registration form. To read more about SC4’s DEI Office, visit sc4.edu/dei.

SC4 celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 17

St. Clair County Community College will present its 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration “Where Are We Now?” at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, in the Fine Arts Theatre on SC4’s Port Huron campus. 

The event will feature a celebration of King’s legacy with songs, dances, videos and a selection of words spoken by Dr. King. The event also features panel discussions on health care disparities and racism; investing in small business; diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in education and more.

Scheduled presenters and performers include:

  • Alphonso Amos
  • Jessica Brown
  • Bishop Kim Brown
  • Cerees Hazely
  • Natasha Holmes
  • Dr. Pete Lacey
  • Althea McLellan
  • Dr. Annette Mercatante
  • NAACP Youth Council
  • Lurlene Nichols
  • Harold Powell
  • Mayor Pauline Repp
  • Shawn Shackleford
  • L’Anesha Stanley
  • Marion Stewart
  • Jessica Totty
  • Kevin Totty Sr.
  • Kanchan Wankhede
  • Kevin Watkins
  • Daysha Woodley

Admission is free and can be reserved by emailing dei@sc4.edu. Seating is limited. Masks required inside campus buildings. The event also will be livestreamed at sc4.edu/dei-live for those unable to attend in person

The event is sponsored by SC4’s Global Diversity Advisory Council, SC4’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Port Huron branch of the NAACP.

For questions, call SC4’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at (810) 989-5564.

Native American History Month presentation planned Nov. 5

In recognition of Native American History Month, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is sponsoring a presentation titled ‘We Are Still Here’ by Banashee (Joe) Cadreau and Giddigongookskwe (Jade) Green. The presentation will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, in the Fine Arts Theatre.

The event will be a discussion and presentation on Indigenous culture and history in Michigan, the United States and Canada. The importance of identity and the real history of the three fires people of Michigan (Ojibwa, Odawa and Botawatami) and how we are still here and why our history was never told due to colonization and assimilation.

Banashee (Joe) Cadreau

Banashee is an enrolled member of the federally recognized Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He was raised in both traditional and urban upbringings, both on reservation and a major metropolitan area. In his adolescent years, refusing to acknowledge his culture led to many difficult times as he struggled to find his place in the world. He later recognized his calling was to fight for social justice and equity. He is an active community advocate for Anishinaabe people and all Indigenous people throughout the country and globally.

He travels across the state delivering diversity presentations for schools, universities, museums and corporate clients.

Giddigongookskwe (Jade) Green

Giddigongookskwe, a 14-year old from Howard City, is co-founder of Bimose Ode. She has a passion for speaking about her journey with her Indigenous identity and issues that indigenous youth face today and in the future.

The oldest of four siblings she helps to instill traditions and a sense of Native pride for her family. She is particularly concerned with issues surrounding racism in the battle for clean water and access to healthy food. She spends her time volunteering and getting involved in social activism and community organizations.

Email dei@sc4.edu to reserve a seat for this event.