A Celebration of Black History

Dr. Akil Khalfani opens the Flag Raising ceremony


Dr. Augustine A. Boakye


African Marketplace


ECC student Aleiyia Brown sings Lift Every Voice and Sing

Essex County College held the traditional flag raising in recognition of Black History Month on February 8 on the 2nd Floor Forum. The ceremony was presented by Dr. Akil Khalfani, Director of the College’s Africana Institute.

Dr. Khalfani began the program with the traditional Libation Ceremony. He poured a small amount of water onto a plant while asking the audience to name people from their past to honor their memory. “It’s a celebration,” he stated.

“It’s very important for us to recognize the cultures we live in. We are one people with different cultures and qualities. Together we can support the College, community and the world as a whole,” said ECC’s President, Dr. Augustine A. Boakye.

ECC student Aleiyia Brown sang Lift Every Voice and Sing, known as the Black National Anthem. It was written in 1900 by James Weldon Johnson and his brother, Rosamond Johnson.

The popular African Marketplace was also held on February 8.

The next event of Black History Month at the College is the 12th annual Garvey/Nkrumah Lecture Series on Thursday, February 22, 11:30 a.m. in Smith Hall. Dr. Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey, will be the keynote speaker.