SCC and SFCC celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with guest speakers
Posted: 1/10/2017 9:13:40 AM

Spokane Community College is bringing Jamal Joseph to campus this week, and Spokane Falls Community College hosts Donisha Rita-Claire Prendergast next week.

Jamal Joseph, a writer, director, producer, poet, activist and educator, will be at SCC this week. There will be coffee and a book signing with Joseph Thursday, Jan. 12 from 10 – 11 a.m. in the SCC Hagan Center, Building 16, second floor. He will then give a presentation in the SCC Lair Auditorium, Building 6, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
 
Joseph became the youngest spokesperson and leader of the Panther’s New York Chapter after having spent time in prison as a 16-year-old. After spending more time in Leavenworth federal prison, he received two college degrees, wrote five plays and two volumes of poetry.
 
He also was nominated for a 2008 Academy Award. He is a full professor and former chair of Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division and artistic director of the New Heritage Theater Group in Harlem. He has been featured on Def Poetry Jam and BET’s American Gangster.
 
The event is free and open to the public and is presented by BigFoot Events, SCC’s Black Student Union, Hagan Center for the Humanities and Multicultural Student Services. For information, call 533-7032.
 
SFCC’s Black Student Union is bringing filmmaker and poet Donisha Rita-Claire Prendergast to campus next week. She speaks at 11:30 a.m. – 1p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the SFCC SUB Lounges A, B &C. The event is free and open to the public.
 
As the granddaughter of Bob and Rita Marley, Prendergast offers her insight on the amazing lives of “Jamaica’s First Family,” whose many contributions include the founding of the Bob Marley Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to helping people and organizations in the developing world. As an accomplished filmmaker, her role in the Canadian feature length documentary, RasTa, A Soul's Journey, educates audiences on the Rastafari culture – quelling the many misunderstandings and misconceptions about this way of life. This film shows how Bob Marley’s eternal message of freedom and compassion is relevant to today’s issues of inequality. Prendergast explains, “Making the documentary helped me become a little closer to his mission. He was not just a musician, but a freedom fighter.”
 
Her speech will tackle questions: What are some of the ways we can truly embody the idea of one love in our daily living? And how do we find sustainable ways to make change beyond the idea of charity to the culture of humanity?
 
Contact SFCC art instructor and BSU adviser Carl Richardson, 533-3714, for more information.


Posted: 1/10/2017 9:13:40 AM by Gretje Witt
Tags: PressRelease, SCC, SFCC
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