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Speaker talks to PC about role of African American

Porterville College’s Cultural Historical Awareness Program (C.H.A.P.) will kick off its spring schedule on Feb. 22 with the “The People of Clouds” featuring photographer Matt Black and guests.

Black’s project “The People of Clouds” explores the sources and consequences of migration in the Mixteca region of southern Mexico, where rampant land erosion, deepening poverty from free trade and population loss from migration is decimating some of the western hemisphere’s oldest indigenous communities. This exhibition will be accompanied by a CHAP sponsored multimedia presentation and film screening on from 7:30-8:30 pm at the Porterville College Theater. Joining Matt will be Santiago Mitlatongo and community members who will share their first-hand observations and discuss the human impact of the disaster that befell their community.

On Feb. 27 is the “The Role of African American History in American History” by Maurice Ecung. He will explore the historical impact of the African American struggle for “justice and equal opportunity” on the fulfillment of the concept of “Liberty and Justice for All” Americans.

The special talk will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Porterville College Theater. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Contact the front desk upon your arrival for a free temporary parking permit.

The Porterville College Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) was organized in 2002 to enhance students’ awareness of certain important aspects of our society to which they may previously have had little or no exposure.

A theme is chosen by CHAP members each school year, and faculty members across the campus are encouraged to integrate elements of that theme into their coursework. Additionally, a variety of field trips, guest speakers, panel discussions and videos are presented throughout the year and are all open to the public.

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