Waubonsee Community College hosting Black History Month events

Virtual program topics include role of Black music in American pop

Waubonsee Community College is hosting events in February to celebrate Black History Month. All the programs will be virtual.

Scheduled events are:

• “And the Beat Goes On: The Role of Black Music in American Pop” will be hosted by Joseph Flynn of Northern Illinois University. He will discuss the emergence of music from Africa through the liberation and celebration of Black culture through music at 6 p.m. Feb. 18.

• “From Slave to Criminal with One Amendment: Viewing and Discussion of the film ‘13TH.’” Join WCC for an informed and probing discussion surrounding the topics covered in the Netflix documentary film “13TH” by director Ava DuVernay. There will be a virtual viewing of the film followed by a short discussion with Jacki Hartley, Waubonsee instructor of sociology, at 6 p.m. Feb. 23.

• “Learning what we don’t know - The 1619 Project: How slavery shaped America” will be a discussion about the ongoing New York Times initiative that re-examines the legacy of slavery in the United States. Waubonsee faculty members Jeanne McDonald and Amy Powers will lead a discussion about the initiative and how it has sparked a national debate at 6 p.m. Feb. 25.

Visit calendar.waubonsee.edu/BHM for information about these events and to register to attend.