To help celebrate February as Black History Month, Essex County College is hosting its 3rd annual Garvey-Nkrumah Lecture Series on Thursday, February 5, with an address by African art historian and educator Dr. Rosalind Jeffries. The free program, sponsored by the College’s Africana Institute, will be held 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Smith Hall at the main Newark campus.


Dr. Jeffries is a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her publications include Essays in Benin Art, Black Women in Antiquity and African American History: A Journal of Liberation. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Hunter College and PhD. from Yale University.


The lecture series has been designed to highlight African Diaspora speakers from around the world. It is a Pan-African presentation showcasing the philosophy of operational unity among African people both in the United States and throughout the world. Each lecture will encompass the perspectives of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President, and Marcus Mosiah Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association/African Communities League in 1917.


Additional information on this program is available from Akil Khalfani, director of the Africana Institute at 973-877-3219.

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A panel discussion on “police brutality, racial profiling and the matter of black lives” will be presented as part of the Fireside Chat Series at Essex County College on Monday, February 2. The free program A Movement of a Moment Is presented by the College’s Urban Issues Institute and sponsored by Alpha Rho New Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Omega Epsilon Rho Service Sorority, Inc.


The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in Siegler Hall on the College’s Newark campus. Essex Associate Professor Linda McDonald Carter, director of the College’s Paralegal Studies Program, will serve as moderator.


The program is in response to the high-profile deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, and the subsequent court rulings and responses. It will center on whether the matter of black lives is an event of the moment, or an ongoing and growing movement.


Scheduled panelists include writer and activist Darnell Moore, activist Walter Fortson Jr., community advocate Laquan Thomas, criminal defense lawyer Ada Nunez, activist Michael Kramer, a representative from the Newark Police Department, and Michele Kamal, whose son was shot and killed last year by Irvington police.


Additional information is available from the Urban Issues Institute at 973-877-3239.

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A series of non-credit courses will be offered starting in January and February at the West Essex campus of Essex County College in West Caldwell. Call (973) 877-1920 for registration information.


Introduction to iPhone/iPad Application Design and Development is a 15 season class where students will be introduced to the essentials needed to develop, test and submit a full-featured iOS iPhone/iPad application. Topics include Apple SDX Xcode, Interface Builder, UIKit framework and an introduction to Objective-C. The class will meet Tuesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., starting January 27. Cost is $500.


Defending Against Cyber-Crimes and Data Breaches is a one day workshop on January 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Participants will be introduced to a number of sensible and cost effective approaches designed to help protect individuals and businesses from cyber criminals. Cost of the class is $35.


Essentials of Bookkeeping for Small Businesses is a 12-session certificate program which is ideal for both current small business owners and those who are planning a startup. Participants will learn bookkeeping basics and how to apply them to both Microsoft Excel and QuickBooks. The class will meet Saturdays, starting January 31, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Tuition is $360 plus a $41 fee.


So You Want to be an Entrepreneur is a free class on February 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. It will provide information and resources for business development, personal assessment for start-ups and the financial aspects of starting a business.


American College Test (ACT) Preparation is a four session class on Saturdays, starting February 7, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The class will focus on the test taking strategies needed for the four ACT test subject areas: English, Mathematics, Science and Reading.  The ACT exam is widely accepted by colleges and universities.



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