FCC Kicks off African American History Month

February 2, 2009 10:02:54 PM PST
Less than two weeks after Barack Obama was sworn in as the nation's first African American President, schools across the nation are marking the start of African American History Month.Dancers from the Ivory Coast bring the rhythm of Africa alive at Fresno City College's opening day ceremony for African American History Month.

Dr. Jean Kennedy said, "What we did was invite the forefathers invite the spirits of our ancestors."

Many wearing traditional African attire honor this years theme-the past, present & future-- yes we can, we are the change.

Images of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obabma are on display--FCC Professor Dr. Jean Kennedy says the election of President Obama makes this year's celebration unique.

"For many of us can realize what that dream must have looked like for Dr. Martin Luther king to at least have an African American president of the United States," said Dr. Kennedy.

Fresno City College has a diverse campus with students from all backgrounds. One thing Dr. Kennedy says everyone can take away from African-American History Month is to make your community better.

"I know that sometimes our culture in America is very individualized and we feel that we need to get back to connecting to each other," said Dr. Kennedy.

Eddie Rashad said, "That's what this whole thing is about. It's about bringing everybody together."

And they say this month is about everyone's ability to change the world.

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