RVCC Plans Events to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in Branchburg is planning a variety of events, presentations and exhibits in January to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s theme is “Economic Justice” and celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. All MLK activities are open to the public. The following programs have been scheduled at the College’s Branchburg Campus: Rhapsody in Black, Tuesday, January 26, at noon and 7 p.m., RVCC Theatre. Developed at NYC’s Actors Studio with Estelle Parsons, Rhapsody in Black is a one-man show that explores LeLand Gantt’s personal journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America. Audience members follow his spellbinding life story—from an underprivileged childhood in the ghettos of McKeesport, PA; to teenage experiments with crime and drugs; to scholastic achievement and an acting career that lands adult LeLand in situations where he is virtually the only African-American in the room. How he manages to cope with the various psychological effects of consistently being marked “The Other” is recounted in remarkable and exquisitely moving detail, guaranteed to leave lasting impressions. Tickets cost $10 for the noon performance and $25 for the 7 p.m. show. Tickets are general admission seating. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org. Screenings of the film, SELMA, Tuesday, January 26, 1 and 6 p.m., Conference Center (A, B & C): Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. As depicted in this recent feature film, in 1965 an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibit of Library Resources, Evelyn S. Field Library, on display throughout January and February. For information and library hours, visit http://library.raritanval.edu/. MLK Read-In, presented by the RVCC Student Life Activities and Planning Board, Thursday, January 21, 1-2:20 p.m., RVCC Conference Center (Rooms A, B & C): Participants will share their favorite short readings and poems celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event also will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which ended segregation in public transportation. For information about RVCC’s MLK programs, contact Richeleen Dashield, Dean of Multicultural Affairs, at 908-526-1200, ext. 8636 or rdashiel@raritanval.edu. INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, recognized RVCC for its outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in 2015, 2014 and 2012. RVCC was the only college in New Jersey to receive the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.