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February 14, 2013

NECC hosts Black History Month events

HAVERHILL — Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St., is hosting several events in celebration of Black History Month.

On Feb. 19, an anti-racism workshop will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Spurk Building, Room 208.

Poet January Gill O’Neil of Beverly leads the college’s Black History Month Read-in Feb. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall A in the Spurk Building. O’Neil will read some of her work and attendees will share their own favorite prose and poetry written by African American writers.

O’Neil is a professor at Salem State University and is executive director of Massachusetts’ Poetry Festival. She is the author of “Underlife”, a book of poetry acclaimed for its powerful autobiographic verse.

Kevin Comtois, a professor in the Global Studies Department at Northern Essex, speaks on, “From Slave Spirituals to Hip Hop: The Social and Political History of American Music” Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Langley Adams Library in Groveland. He will have the same program Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Library, 2 Main St., Andover.

During the presentation, he will use recorded music, film clips, and still images, to trace the evolution and social and political context of American popular music from slave spirituals, minstrelsy, blues, jazz, and Rock and Roll.

Comtois has been teaching history at Northern Essex since 1999. In 2005 he was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study Jazz with Dr. Gerald Early, an expert on the evolution of Jazz in America, at Washington University, St. Louis.

Tsongas to open

new office

LAWRENCE — Congresswoman Niki Tsongas is having an official opening of her new office Tuesday, Feb. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. at The Everett Mill, 15 Union St. Suite 401.

Reservations to attend must be made by Friday by sending an email to june.black@mail.house.gov.

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