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Black History Month

Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month during February 2021, COCC was honored to welcome MOsley WOtta, Arielle Estoria, and Dr. Doug Luffborough to share stories of Black triumph. Through poetry and storytelling we celebrated the past and present triumphs of the Black community while continuing our efforts to challenge oppressive systems and strive toward a more equitable future. 

MOsley WOttaMOsley WOtta

MOsley WOtta is a local spoken word artist and equal rights activist excited to share the power of words in advocating for the support and empowerment in Black and Brown lives in Central Oregon. 

Friday, February 5, 2021 - 12:30 p.m. Virtual Presentation

View: Video recording of presentation by MOsley WOtta


Arielle EstoriaArielle Estoria

Arielle Estoria is a renowned poet, author, speaker, and emcee who emphasizes the gift of each individual. Arielle uses her words and storytelling to help others unlock their gifts and find beauty in themselves. 

Friday, February 12, 2021 - 12:30 p.m. Virtual Presentation

View: Video recording of presentation by Arielle Estoria


Dr. Doug LuffboroughDr. Doug Luffborough

Dr. Doug Luffborough (Dr. Luff) overcame fatherlessness, homelessness, and unjust systems to be the first in his family to attend college. Chosen by his class at Northeastern University to be the commencement speaker, he thoroughly impressed one attendee in particular, President Bill Clinton. President Clinton invited Dr. Luff and his mother to the White House where he promised to write a letter of recommendation for Luff's application to a Harvard Graduate program. Dr. Luff then went on to the University of San Diego where he received his Ph.D. in Leadership studies. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 12:30 p.m. Virtual Presentation

View: Video recording of presentation by Dr. Doug Luffborough


For more information contact Blakelee Evans, COCC's Afro-Centric Program Coordinator at bevans10@cocc.edu.