Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Coming Week

Central Piedmont offers you a ton of ways to get involved, make friends, do good for others, and have fun. While we offer hundreds of unique experiences on each campus during the semester (calendar of events), here are the Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Week.

  1. Black History Month: Film and Discussion (Levine Campus)- Wed., Feb. 26, 3pm-5pm: Watch “Selma” and join us for some discussion. Refreshments provided.
  2. It’s Showtime (Central Campus) – Thu., Feb. 27, 5:30pm-7:30pm: Come out to the North Classroom building, room 1123 and watch your favorite shows and movies from the late 1990s and early 2000s with the Central campus Activity Board! Make new friends, have some snacks, and have a lot of fun! Contact with any questions or how to get involved!
  3. Service-In-Action Event: Latta Nature Preserve (Off-Campus) – Sat., Feb. 29, 9am-1:30pm and 1pm-5pm: THERE ARE TWO SHIFTS YOU MAY SIGN UP FOR ON THIS PROJECT. First shift: 9am-1:30pm Second Shift: 1pm-5pm Address: The Latta Nature Preserve, 5226 Sample Road, Huntersville NC, 28078. Student volunteers will assist with a variety of stations, including but not limited to: crafts, games, registration, assisting with shuttles, preparing free popcorn, tending fire pits, etc. Please dress according to the weather as this event is outside. Feel free to dress in fairy-themed clothing! **20 volunteers requested for each shift.
  4. Food Pantry Open House (Harper Campus) -Mon., March 2, 2pm-4pm:
    Did you know each campus has an emergency food pantry? During this open house event, faculty, staff, and students can stop by to learn more about the food pantry and how we fight hunger on campus. Contact with questions
  5. Women’s Suffrage/Voter Rights Program (Central Campus) – Tue., March 3, 11am-12pm in Tate Hall: Come out and learn about the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment that gave women in the US the right to vote! The presentation will also include other voter rights issues and Q+A. Presentation is being facilitated by the League of Women’s Voters – Charlotte. Contact to become involved.

Please visit our websites for complete information about the Offices of Student Life & Service-Learning.

Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Coming Week

Central Piedmont offers you a ton of ways to get involved, make friends, do good for others, and have fun. While we offer hundreds of unique experiences on each campus during the semester (calendar of events), here are the Top 5 Ways to Plug-In This Week.International students sit on ground working

  1. Volunteer Fair (Levine Campus): (Wed., Feb. 19, 11:30am-1pm) Stop by and meet local nonprofits and community organizations! These organizations have multiple opportunities for students to gain service hours and give back to their community. Contact: for more information.
  2. Business Etiquette Lunch Training (Central Campus): (Thu., Feb. 20, 11:30am-12:30pm) Professional work settings may require you to join your future boss for a meal. Do you have the skills to eat while speaking professionally? Wonder which fork to use? Do you need to practice your “small talk” with strangers? Students will have free lunch in the Van Every Culinary building at Central Campus the following week, and this mandatory etiquette training session is required the week before the lunch. Contact for more information.
  3. Service In Action – Reedy Creek Elementary (Off-Campus): (Sat., Feb. 22, 10am-2pm) Students will participate in the festival for parents and students at the school. Volunteers will work in partners to run the exhibits, teachers will be present to guide and explain. Volunteers will be indoors and it is suggested that they wear a t shirt with jeans and sneakers (casual). Please sign up for this event using the following link: CPCC Service-In-Action Website
  4. Recreation Volleyball (Central Campus): (Mon., Feb. 24, 1pm-3pm) Come on out to the Worrell gymnasium and play some volleyball! Drop-in style of play with teams based on who shows up first. Open to all currently enrolled CP students with current semester sticker. Appropriate dress required to participate.
  5. Black History Month Trivia (Harper Campus): (Tue., Feb. 25, 11:30am-1pm) Join us at the Harper 4 First Floor Atrium to show off your history skills and learn some great Black History Month facts!

Please visit our websites for complete information about the Offices of Student Life & Service-Learning.

Central Piedmont Library to Host “Black Migrations: A Town Hall Meeting”

In celebration of Black History Month, Central Piedmont Library is sponsoring “Black Migrations: A Town Hall Meeting – Who, Where, When and Why.”

February 19, 2019; 10:30 a.m.  – noon
Central Campus, Library, Room 302

Discussion moderated by Dr. Jennnifer Dixon-McKnight, assistant professor African-American History and United States History at Winthrop University

Black Migrations emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and new social realities. This theme focuses especially on the 20th century through today.

The Library is also hosting an exhibition using Jacob Lawrence, Migration Series. The exhibition is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of The Library.


Black History Month Panel Discussion: “Crisis in Black Education”

CPCC Library is hosting a panel discussion for Black History Month entitled, “Crisis in Black Education.” The event will be held on Tuesday, February 21 at 11 a.m. in the Central Library Atrium on the second floor. The panel will include Tracy Moore, Dr. Ruby Jones, Attorney Harold Cogdell, Jr., Willie Williams, Somto Chukwu Chilo Ilo and Isaiah Phifer. Students are welcome to attend.

Attend Exploring Black Women in Hip Hop Feb. 18

Dr Harris

Join us as Dr. Felecia Harris, Ph.D. explores how black women in this generation have used “the personal is still political” theme to advance activism, feminism and women’s movements. Dr. Harris will examine how national black feminist organizations, the Black Church and the Hip Hop culture have helped strengthen the black woman’s voice in our society.

In celebration of Black History Month, the CPCC Diversity Committee is pleased to present guest speaker Dr. Felecia Harris, Ph.D. who teaches in the Women’s Studies Program and Africana Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her teaching and research areas include: gender issues in sports, education, hip hop culture, African American women, health, sexuality and pop culture. She is the author of “Black Sexuality & Health: Exploring issues of race, gender, sex and health in the 21st century” (Spring 2014).

February 18, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Tate Hall, Overcash Center

Little Known Black History Facts

In honor of Black History Month, the Diversity Committee would like to present the following “Little Known Black History Facts:” Black History Month

February was chosen as Black History Month largely because two important birthdays occur in February—that of Abraham Lincoln, the author of the Emancipation Proclamation, and that of Frederick Douglass, an early African American abolitionist.

After African-American performer Josephine Baker expatriated to France, she famously smuggled military intelligence to French allies during World War II. She did this by pinning secrets inside her dress, as well as hiding them in her sheet music.

African-American fashion designer Ann Lowe designed the wedding dress of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the bride of future President John F. Kennedy.

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall said that he was punished for misbehavior in school by being forced to recite the Constitution, ultimately memorizing it.

Diversity Committee Celebrates Black History Month

Little Known Black History Facts:

Thomas Day:  Father of the North Carolina Furniture Industry

Thomas Day (1801-1861), a free African-American cabinetmaker (fine furniture maker) and businessman, lived and worked in Caswell County, North Carolina from the early 1820′s until he disappeared from the records in 1861. By 1850, he had the largest furniture business in the state. A great deal of his furniture has survived and is cherished today in private homes and museums primarily in North Carolina and Virginia. Day’s life opens a window into a world most Americans know little about: 19th-century African-American history, and especially the experience of the small percentage of African Americans who were not enslaved, who were known as “free people of color” or “free blacks.”

Thomas Day is at once anomalous and representative of the antebellum free black experience. The fact that such an extraordinary figure in business and in American decorative arts could have lain in obscurity for as long as he did, makes him a symbol of the many African Americans who anonymously contributed to American history and culture. In the words of historian Ira Berlin, “Day and many other antebellum African Americans refused to accept the hand that was being dealt to them.” Fortunately, like Thomas Day, many of these unsung heroes are now being brought out of the shadows.

Mayor Anthony Foxx Visits CPCC Levine Campus

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx gave a Black History Month presentation at Levine Campus on Wednesday, Feb. 27.  A graduate of West Charlotte High School who went on to earn his bachelor’s degree at Davidson College, Mayor Foxx talked about how the civil rights era has affected his own education and development.  Following

Anthony Foxx

Mayor Anthony Foxx

two terms on City Council as an At-Large Representative, Foxx became the youngest mayor in the city’s history and its second African-American mayor when he was elected in 2009. He was re-elected to a second term in 2011.

He discussed his vision for Charlotte and how he has focused on strengthening Charlotte’s economy by developing a 21st century infrastructure system to support the country’s fastest-growing urban area, establishing the city as an international energy hub, and creating an environment in which small businesses and entrepreneurs can thrive.

He answered questions from a very engaged audience of CPCC students, including American Government, sociology, and communications classes; Anthony Foxx Scholars; MAN UP students; and Student Government Association members.  Photos can be seen here.


A Black History Month Event: A Chat with Chatty Leeper

“Chatty” Hattie Leeper was the first African American woman on North Carolina’s radio airwaves. She got her start as a deejay on WGIV in the 1950s and went on to become a record producer and even ran her own record label.

Hattie Leeper

Hattie "Chatty" Leeper

The CPCC Libraries are honored to have her speak about her life as a radio pioneer and about her deep roots in Charlotte that have a strong connection with CPCC’s earliest days.

Please help welcome Chatty Hattie to CPCC by coming to hear her tell her unique story on February 12, 2013, from 11 a.m.-noon in Tate Hall in the Overcash Building on CPCC’s Central Campus. The Levine Museum of the New South’s Dr. Tom Hanchett will be guest emcee.

The event is free and open to the CPCC community. Staff can register for the event in LearnerWeb.  “Chatty” Hattie’s address will also be broadcast in real time at each of CPCC’s five suburban campuses: Cato (CT162), Harper (HP112), Harris (H2 2124), Levine (LV2215), Merancas (CJ 131, Auditorium).

For more information, contact Mark Coltrain,

Conversation with the Delany Sisters – Celebrating Black History Month

Don’t miss, “A Conversation with the Delany Sisters,” adapted from Emily Mann’s “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” to celebrate Black History Month at CPCC.  The play stars Lillie Ann Oden as Bessie and Corlis A. Hayes as Sadie. Corlis

Delany Sisters

The Delany Sisters

is also the director of the play; musical accompaniment by Larry Fitz, and post-show discussion facilitated by Calvin Walton, member of the CPCC Diversity Committee.  Admission is FREE!

When: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Tate Hall, Overcash Building

Sponsors:  CPCC Library and Student Services


The Unsung Heroes of Black History

The Office of Student Life is committed to developing programs and events that celebrate diversity throughout the College! Join us by visiting this year’s “Unsung Heroes of Black History” display, a dedication  to those who greatly contributed to the ongoing struggle for justice and equality in the African-American community but are often unappreciated.

  • When: Feb. 1- 29
  • Where: Harper Campus, 3rd Floor Hallway (Outside Room 304)

For more information or to view other Black History Month events, click here.

Written by Angela Perry
Communications and Journalism Co-op Student, CPCC