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BCC Hosts Events in Honor of African American History Month

Chef Tim Witcher

“Thelma” from “Good Times,” local celebrity chefs, cultural cuisine, bus trips and a movie showing are among some of the highlights of Burlington County College’s (BCC) African American History Month happenings.

“We honor and celebrate all cultures at Burlington County College,” said BCC Interim President Dr. David Spang. “Every year our African American Cultural Events Committee puts together an outstanding lineup of entertaining, cultural and educational events that offers something for everyone.”

Each February, BCC’s African American Cultural Events Committee plans events to educate the community and celebrate the important contributions of African Americans.

“We look forward to enriching our community with high-quality event offerings every year,” said Bernadette Wright, Chairman of BCC’s African American Cultural Events Committee and Associate Dean of Liberal Arts. “I think there is something for everyone—from foodies to movie buffs. Every event touches a different part of African American history or culture.”

BCC’s 2015 African American History Month Calendar of Events:

Thursday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.: Opening Day Speaker Bern Nadette Stanis, “Thelma” from “Good Times” and vocalist Chelsea Balentine:  Best known for her role as Thelma Evans-Anderson, the middle child and only daughter of Florida and James Evans, Sr., on the CBS sitcom “Good Times” (1974 to 1979), Bern Nadette Stanis, actress, author and spokesperson, will kick-off BCC’s African American History Month events. There will also be a special guest appearance by vocalist Chelsea Balentine. A book signing will follow. Stanis is the author of two books, “Situations 101: Relationships, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” and “Situations 101:  Finances, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly,” and a collection of poetry, “For Men Only.” The event will take place at the Enterprise Center at BCC, located on the college’s Mount Laurel campus, 3331 Route 38. Tickets are $10 per person or $5 for BCC students and children 12 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit bcc.edu/event/2015-opening-day-speaker.

Thursday, Feb. 12 at 12:30 p.m.: “Something the Lord Made,” Movie Screening: “Something the Lord Made” is the remarkable story of Vivien Thomas (played by Mos Def), the son of working class African Americans living in Tennessee in the 1930s. His family finds themselves marginalized by white society. When Thomas is laid off from his carpentry job, he gets an opportunity to pursue his dreams. The film will show at the Pemberton campus, 601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road, in the William K. McDaniel Integrated Learning Resource Center’s (IRLC) teleconference room, the Mount Laurel campus, 500 College Circle, in Laurel Hall, room 320 and at the Willingboro Center, 200 Campbell Drive, Suite 210, in the student lounge. This is a free event.

Saturday, Feb. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: African Art Exhibit Tour at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: Join BCC for a bus trip to tour African art at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia. The museum is home to one of the largest collections in the country. The bus leaves from the Mount Laurel campus at 9 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at bcc.edu/WebAdvisor. Select “Non-Credit Students Login” and register for course number CFI-730-30.

Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.: Taste of Soul: Chef Tim Witcher, Culinary Educator at the Burlington County Institute of Technology (BCIT) and recent champion on the Food Network’s  show, “Rewrapped,” “Let Them Eat Koffee Kake!” episode, returns to the Culinary Arts Center at BCC, 21 Mill Street, Mount Holly, for the second year with new guest Chef and restaurateur Dawn Frazier, founder and CEO of Ms. Dawn’s Kitchen in Burlington, New Jersey, and Leave The Details Too Me, LLC, a full-service catering event management company. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cooking demos and tastings. Tickets are $25 per person, $10 for BCC students and $8 for children 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Pemberton and Mount Laurel campuses’ Business Office or by calling 609-894-9311, ext. 1596.

In addition to the February African American History Month programming, BCC’s African American Cultural Events Committee is planning a Smithsonian Bus Trip on Saturday, April 25. Join BCC for a bus trip and tour of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. The bus leaves the Pemberton campus at 6 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased at bcc.edu/aacec/events.

For more information on any of these events, please visit bcc.edu/aacec/events or call the AACEC hotline at 609-894-9311, ext. 1338.

Pictured: Chef Tim Witcher cooked up braised lamb with savory bread pudding and cucumber tomato herb relish for BCC's first "Taste of Soul" event held last year at the college's Culinary Arts Center in Mount Holly. This year, Witcher will be returning to BCC's "Taste of Soul" on Sunday, Feb. 22 with new guest Chef and restaurateur Dawn Frazier.