Professor Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher to speak at Feb. 1 ECC Black History Month Brunch

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Published 01/17/2019
Dr. Eboni Gallaher

Dr. Eboni Gallaher

Elgin Community College’s celebration of Black History Month begins with a keynote address by Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher, PhD, at the Black History Month Brunch on Friday, Feb. 1. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Building E Dining Room at the college, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

Zamani-Gallaher is a Professor of Higher Education/Community College Leadership in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She serves as director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) at UIUC. She holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration with a specialization in Community College Leadership and Educational Evaluation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.S. degree in Experimental Psychology, and a B.S. in Psychology from Western Illinois University.

The brunch will be led by students and staff at ECC, with student performances, music, and more.

Seating is limited and tickets for the breakfast can be purchased for $15 for students and $20 for community members on the ECC Arts Center website or on campus at the box office in Building H.

Other events during Black History Month include the following.

Black History Month 2019 Kick-Off Celebration
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Building B, Jobe Lounge

When you know your history, you can shape your future. Come see how you’re in the middle of something big. This event features student and staff performances.

The Achievers Clap Back: Black Student Perspectives, Wisdom and Voices
Thursday, Feb. 7, 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Building G, Spartan Auditorium, Room G100

This student panel seeks to explore, understand and illuminate the Black student experience at ECC.

The Negro Motorist Green Book Pop-Up Exhibit
Wednesday, Feb. 13, All-day
Building B, Jobe Lounge

Created in 1936, the “Negro Motorist Green Book” was created as a survival guide for African-Americans during the Jim Crow era to help avoid violence and humiliation. This is an interactive exhibit about the book.

Men of Color Consortium
Thursday, Feb. 21, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Building G, Spartan Auditorium, Room G100

Building the man and making a plan. Open to men of color, this event equips participants with the financial and personal tools they’ll need to build a legacy.

History of African-Americans in America: 1619 to Obama
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Building G, Spartan Auditorium, Room G100

How much do you know about Black history? Come enjoy this crash course on the subject.

T’Challa vs. Killmonger: Exploring the Differences Between the Diaspora and the African-American Experience
Thursday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Building B, Room B180

The dynamics between T’Challa and Killmonger depicted in “Black Panther” brought oppression Olympics between African-born or African people and American-born or “rooted” Black people to the forefront. This discussion will be led by Carla Kupe, Esq., associate general counsel and Title IX coordinator at Chicago State University.

African Ball
Friday, March 1, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Building E, Dining Room

Celebrate Africa through fashion, food, song, dance, presentation, vendors, and more! Tickets are $15 each. Purchase tickets at or the box office in Building H.

Level Up
Monday, March 4, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Building B, Room B180

Develop strategies to promote your success, build your brand, eradicate barriers and prepare to take your current and future excellence to the next level.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information, call the Office of Student Life at 847-214-7078.

Black History Month activities are sponsored by the Black History Month Committee, the Office of Student Life, the Multicultural and Global Initiatives Committee (MAGIC), Black Student Achievers (BSA), and the Center for International Education and Programs.