Triton College recognizes Black History Month with community events

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEB. 4, 2013

River Grove, Ill. – Triton College recognizes and celebrates the achievements of African-Americans with many educational and social events open to the community during Black History Month in February. 

Coordinated by the college’s Black Heritage Council, the Black History Month celebration, titled “A Past of Dignity … A Future of Hope,” aspires to educate and motivate students and onlookers to strive for success with a monthlong of events that address topics important to the black community.

Triton’s students and faculty are looking forward to several events geared toward them, including an African-American movie festival, a performance by Jabali Afrika followed by an African reception and a comedy show.

But, the following events are open free to the general public, unless otherwise stated:

Feb. 7
National Black HIV/Aids Awareness Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Center Cafeteria, located in the B-Building

Triton College’s Black Heritage Council will recognize the 13th Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) on Feb. 7 with free confidential testing, STI counseling, informational materials and resources and referral information. The national community day was created to boost HIV awareness and advance HIV prevention, testing and treatment among blacks in the United States. Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3322 for more information. This event is part of Triton College’s celebration of Black History Month.

Feb. 11-15
Service Project, Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove

Triton College’s Black Heritage Council will collect toiletry items, paper goods, office supplies/equipment and other items to benefit West Suburban PADS in Maywood, which aims to end homelessness in the near western suburbs of Chicago. Drop-off locations will be available in the Student Center (Welcome Center and Student Life desk) and in the Triton College Library. This event is part of Triton College’s celebration of Black History Month.

Feb. 18
National African-American Read-In, Noon to 1 p.m., Triton College Library, located in the A-Building

Read your favorite book or come to read an excerpt of a poem at the 24th National African-American Read-In on Feb. 18. The national day is sponsored by the Black Caucus of National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and endorsed by the National Reading Association to encourage the importance of literacy (www.ncte.org/action/aari). U.S. Congressman of Illinois’ Seventh District Danny K. Davis will be present at the event. Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3478 or visit www.triton.edu/new-at-the-library for more information. This event is part of Triton College’s celebration of Black History Month.

Feb. 20
Health and Wellness Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Student Center Cafeteria, located in the B-Building

Triton College’s Black Heritage Council will hold a Health/Wellness Fair to educate on the importance and increase the awareness of health issues to community members. Take advantage of free health screenings, including blood pressure readings and a dietary and physical assessment, as well as learn about massages, acupuncture and posture analysis. Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3322 for more information. This event is part of Triton College’s celebration of Black History Month.

Feb. 23
Stepper’s Set, 7 p.m. to midnight, Student Center Cafeteria, located in the B-Building

Triton College’s Black Heritage Council will host its Seventh Annual Stepper’s Set to raise funds to support cultural programming and student scholarships at Triton. The Chicago-style dance event will have a soul food buffet from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3322 or Ext. 3722 or e-mail fspiller@triton.edu for tickets or more information. This event is part of Triton College’s celebration of Black History Month.

Feb. 28
Black History Month Closing Ceremony, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Center Cafeteria, located in the B-Building

Join Triton College’s Black Heritage Council as they close out Black History Month with a celebration emphasizing their theme: “A Past of Dignity… A Future of Hope.” The event will include a gospel choir performance, Triton student and staff reflections and guest speaker Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3664 for more information.

All events will be held on the Triton College campus, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, Ill.

Triton College invites the media out to engage with our diverse population, as we celebrate the African-American and African cultures on our campus.

  • Learn which top health issues are affecting the African-American community and what is being done to address it;
  • Or listen to our students read an excerpt from a book, as the importance of literacy is stressed;
  • Or join in the fun and come step with us, while learning about the history of this Chicago-style dance.
Black History is American History!

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Media Contact
Alicia Roberson, Public Relations Writer
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3608
aroberso@triton.edu