For Immediate Release
26 January 2011

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

Tunxis Celebrates Black History Month


Tunxis Community College invites the community to free Black History Month events in February. Refreshments will be served.

Feb. 2, 1-2:20 p.m., Room 6-127

“Volume!” workshop on the writing and performing of poetry, with Tai Allen, writer, music producer and workshop facilitator. The workshop is designed to help participants enhance their writing skills, foster creativity, and provide tips on how to transform written material into strong presentations with voice and tone.

Feb. 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m., Room 6-127

“Keshawn Dodds, children’s science fiction author, motivational speaker and director of Greek life at American International College, will talk about the importance of perseverance, motivation, dedication, and self determination. Copies of his book “Menzuo in the Calling of the Sun Prince” will be available for purchase at the talk.

Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m., Room 6-127

Denise Jordan, first African American chief of staff for the city of Springfield, MA, will give an informal presentation on her position and the role of African Americans in the political process.

Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m., Founders Hall

A reading and discussion of “The Slave Narratives” with poet D. Moss. In the late 1930s, over 2,300 former slaves from across the South were interviewed by writers of the Works Progress Administration. Born in the last years of slavery or during the Civil War, these former slaves provided first-hand accounts of their experiences on plantations, in cities and on small farms.

Feb. 23, 1-2:20 p.m., Room 6-127

Lenise NuNuu Smith, poet, writer, actress and spoken word performer, will present her poetry and share theatrical pieces. She has performed at local venues such as the Bushnell and out-of-state at Organix Soul in Springfield, MA and The Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City.

The events are among a series at Tunxis Community College celebrating 40 years of education in the Farmington Valley and beyond. The College first opened for classes in October 1970 and currently offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need.

For more information, call 860.773.1430. In case of postponement due to inclement weather, please call ahead or visit the Tunxis web site at Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.