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College celebrates 2020 Black History Month with events

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 05, 2020

To celebrate Black History Month, the College of Lake County (CLC) invites the community to participate in a series of events which take place at the Grayslake Campus unless otherwise noted:

Feb. 12: Myths and Facts of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Room C106. The speaker is Ed Smith-Lewis of the United Negro College Fund.

Thursday, Feb. 13:

  • Black Love Day, the cultural and spiritual alternative to the commercial Valentine’s Day, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., A Court. Kimberla Lawson Roby (pictured), a New York Times best-selling author of the Rev. Curtis Black series of novels, will explain her path to becoming a published writer.
  • Kick-Back Thursday, 2:30-4 p.m., Room C106. Enjoy light refreshments, socialize and have fun playing black-history trivia and other board games.

Monday, Feb. 17: Sweets 4 the Soul, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Street. Enjoy delicious cakes, $5 each, provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Wednesday, Feb. 19: Black Expo, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Photo of author Kimberla Lawson RobyStudent Street. Mingle with African-American professionals and business owners, including: Dorothy Gautreaus Sisnett, owner of Nothing Bundt Cakes in Vernon Hills; Robert Collins, owner and founder of Youthage Culinary Program, Inc.; and Wygenia Brisco, retired after serving as associate director of clinical research at AbbVie.

Thursday, Feb. 27: Cultural Connect, noon to 1 p.m., Southlake Campus, 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. Students from CLC’s Black Student Union mingle with BSU students from Vernon Hills and Libertyville High Schools.

Friday, Feb. 28: Disco Party, 7-11 p.m., Student Commons. Kick up your heels to the best disco sounds of the ‘70s, and enjoy snacks made by CLC’s Culinary Club.

Saturday, Feb. 29: 36th Annual Salute to Gospel Concert, 7 p.m., Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St. in downtown Waukegan. Presented by CLC’s Lakeshore Campus, this year’s event features Bishop Hezekiah Walker, a multi-GRAMMY® Award-winner and newly inducted Gospel Music Hall of Famer. He will perform along with the Love Fellowship Crusade Choir, and special guests include the CLC Gospel Choir, directed by Matthew Hunter. For details, including ticket information, visit

For more information on the non-concert events, call Beverly Phelps, multicultural coordinator, at (847) 543-2778 or


About College of Lake County:

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.