Collin College will celebrate African-American History Month with a series of events throughout February. This year’s theme is “The Crisis in Black Education.”


The events follow:


• “ThinkFast® Interactive” an innovative and experiential entertainment program, will expose students to important African-American History Month (AAHM) educational information in a fun manner. Scheduled: 1-2:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, Central Park Campus Conference Center; 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center.


• Altheria Gaston Caldera, author and researcher, presents her research on the ways identity markers — race, class, gender, sexuality — and their intersection influence the educational experiences of children, as well as ways educators can improve learning outcomes for minority populations. Scheduled: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 2 Spring Creek Campus Conference Center.


• Juanita Austin, a retired 24-year academic dean at Collin College and the maternal great-great granddaughter of a former enslaved and illiterate but industrious man, will present her research on her great-great grandfather’s life and legacy of land in the state of Tennessee. Scheduled: Noon-2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, Spring Creek Campus Conference Center.


• Collin College’s Auteur Film Series will screen of “12 Years a Slave.” Based on a true story, the movie follows a free African-American who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841. He struggles to send the letter that will regain his freedom. Scheduled: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at The Angelika Film Center, 7205 Bishop Road in Plano.


• Joe Feagin, a distinguished professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University, will present “How Blacks Built America.” The topic of his latest book, the talk will explore the positive, extraordinary contributions African Americans have made to the United States throughout the country’s history. Scheduled: 1-2:15 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13, Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center.


• “Ain’t I a Woman,” a dramatic/musical presentation about four prominent African-American women, will offer a celebration of diversity though the music and spoken word performance. “Ain’t I a Woman celebrates the lives and times of four significant African-American Women, including ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Scheduled: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, Central Park Campus Conference Center.


• The annual Collin College District Soul Food Luncheon, featuring Chef Thomas Nixon, is open to all Collin College students, faculty and staff. Bring a dish to share during this yearly time of fellowship and celebration. Scheduled: Noon, Friday, Feb. 24, Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center.


Contact Professor Cathy Donald-Whitney at cwhitney@collin.edu or Donna Okaro at dokaro@collin.edu with questions.


Central Park Campus is located at 2200 W. University Drive in McKinney. Preston Ridge Campus is located at 9700 Wade Boulevard in Frisco. Spring Creek Campus is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. More information, including presenter biographies is available at https://goo.gl/bz511o.