Black History Month

STCC is proud to offer a number of thought-provoking events to honor our Black brothers and sisters and the contributions the Black community has made to our society.

2022 Events @ STCC

Carberry Conversations: Artist Kiayani Douglas

Springfield Technical Community College kicked off Black History Month celebration in February with a “Carberry Conversations” event featuring visual artist and educator Kiayani Douglas. Douglas on Feb. 7 spoke via Zoom with Sondra Peron, associate professor and coordinator for the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery.

Peron asked Douglas about her work, which includes “Fallacies of a Black Identity Enthusiast.” Douglas was the artist-in-residence at STCC in February 2020. She developed an interdisciplinary body of work called Black Identity Enthusiast, which is geared toward curating conversations rooted in race history and privilege.

Watch the Kiayanni Douglas Carberry Conversation on STCC's YouTube Channel

Beyond Myths, Memes and Soundbites: An Examination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a Historical Agent For Social Change

The STCC Office of Multicultural Affairs on Monday, Feb. 14, 12:15 p.m. presented “Beyond Myths, Memes and Soundbites: An Examination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a Historical Agent For Social Change.”

This event is a part of a new series created by the Office of Multicultural Affairs to celebrate Dr. King's commitment to racial justice and the civil rights movement. Keynote speaker Dr. J. Anthony Guillory is a historian, scholar, lecturer, and adjunct faculty at STCC. 

Watch Dr. Guillory's presentation on STCC's YouTube Channel

Interrupting Oppression in Everyday Situations

The STCC Office of Multicultural Affairs, in partnership with the college’s Anti-Racism and Inclusion Alliance, on Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. hosted an interactive workshop for faculty and staff titled “Interrupting Oppression in Everyday Situations.” The award-winning University of Oregon graduate student theater troupe "Rehearsals for Life" offered a lively and interactive session about how to facilitate conversations that emerge everyday around issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, and disability.

Carberry Conversations: Painter Andrae Green

Carberry Conversations,” presented by STCC’s Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery, continues on Feb. 25 at 12:15 p.m. with a virtual conversation between associate professor and gallery coordinator Sondra Peron and painter Andrae Green of Springfield.

Peron and Green will discuss his work as a painter. According to his website, Green’s work explores the nuances of the collective consciousness that has been shaped by time, mythology, and memory.

2021 Events @ STCC

Celebrating Black History Month with Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

The New York Times Bestselling Author & Chair of Princeton University’s Department of African American Studies spoke about a wide look at black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States, and the challenges our democracy faces. Part of the Diversity Speaker & Performance Series at STCC.

  • Feb. 17 at 12:15 p.m.
  • Free and Open to All

The Civil Rights Amendments and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

STCC faculty J. Anthony Guillory and John Diffley discuss the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Culture Clashes in Western Mass

STCC alumnus Zul Manzi ’18 discusses his animated series (based on his Tanzanian family's experience), The Matumbilas, streaming on KweliTV.

Student Activities

“Finding Inspiration” Essay Contest

Describe an African-American public figure, a famous person, or someone in your life who has inspired you. Essays will be judged based on content, originality, and organization. The winning essays receive prizes. Questions? Please contact

  • Entries due Feb. 22
  • Open to STCC Students

Also Happening This February

Hearts and Minds: A Dialogue on Education

How do you define education? Is it in the classroom, the community, or beyond? This session focuses on how race, class, and gender shape the experiences of men of color in education both inside and outside of the classroom. Join campus and community panelists as they share how they have overcome barriers and the impact that educational experiences have had on their lives, self-worth, and relationships.
Part of the Heart of a Man Series at STCC.