Black History Month

Black History Month 2023

In recognition of Black History Month during February 2023, COCC is honored to welcome speakers and programs that highlight Black triumph. We will celebrate the past and present triumphs of the Black community while continuing our efforts to challenge oppressive systems and strive toward a more equitable future. 

The Hate U Give

Film Screening

Friday, February 3, 6-8 p.m. PST

COCC Bend Campus

Hitchcock Auditorium-Pioneer 201

Short discussion after event

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds – the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.



Black Excellence Talent Show
Saturday, February 11, 6-8 p.m. PST
COCC Bend Campus
Pinckney Performaning Arts Center, Pence Hall

COCC students and community will be able to showcase their many talents through monologues, spoken word, poetry, performance art, comedy, singing, and dancing, in celebration of Black History Month. There will be a spoken word performance by Mosley Wotta as well and other community members. If students or the community want to participate please contact Marcus LeGrand, at or call (541) 330-4376


Talent Show

Virtual Conversation with Kim Johnson, author of This is My America
Tuesday, February 21, 5-6 p.m. PST
Zoom Webinar

Join author Kim Johnson and Afrocentric Program
Coordinator Marcus LeGrand in a conversation on
this year’s Season of Nonviolence book discussion
selection, This is My America.

Participants will have an opportunity to engage in  Q & A with the author.
Registration required: Conversation with Kim Johnson


Kim Johnson

Also view our archive of Black History Month speakers and videos of their presentations.

For more information, contact Marcus LeGrand, COCC's Afrocentric Program Coordinator at