CCC’s Black History Month Activities Continue with Knowledge Bowl
CLARKSDALE – Two teams of Coahoma Community College students went head-to-head Thursday morning during a “Do You Know Your History” Knowledge Bowl.
The bowl, held in the Whiteside Hall Lecture Room, was the second of several events scheduled during the “Civil Rights in America” program sponsored by CCC’s Division of Academic Affairs in honor of National Black History Month.
“The purpose of today’s program was to encourage students to celebrate the rich ethnic and cultural heritage of African Americans and their numerous accomplishments in the United States,” said one of the event’s organizers Karen Done, chairperson/sociology instructor in CCC’s Social Sciences Department.
Team 1 was comprised of students Tierra Washington, Marquita Lester, Karachika Williams and Aaliyah Russell, while Team 2 included Blake Peden, Watasha Gallion, Anekeya Stewart and Jonathan King. During Rounds 1 and 2, Moderator Robert Rockett, CCC English instructor, asked questions based on Black History facts and figures of speech. The team that buzzed in the fastest and gave the correct answer received points. The bowl ended after Round 3, which included questions on current events.
Team 2 was in the lead early on with 90 points at the close of Round 1. During Round 2, Team 1 attempted a comeback scoring 70 points while Team 2 advanced to 170 points. Round 3 ended with a final score of 100 points for Team 1 and 220 points for Team 2, but both teams were deemed as winners for participating and received gift bags.
Following the Knowledge Bowl, students received some words of wisdom from CCC’s Director of Talent Search Joseph McKee, who encouraged students to learn about their history and use it to foster personal development and become a “visionary with guts”.
“You have to take pride in the information given to you. Civil rights is more than Black and White; it’s about your economic potential, your sexual orientation,” said McKee to the audience of students, faculty and staff. “Use your history for your own personal development, then share it with your friends, family and the next generation. If you don’t invest in yourself how can you expect someone else to invest in you?”
The program concluded with expressions from Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Jimmy Wiley.
“Since 1926 we have been doing this (observing Black History Month), and we have being doing it for a reason. The objective was more than just to fill our head with information. …We need inspiration,” said Wiley. “A person’s past is very important for their future. Hopefully, as we continue with these programs throughout the month February, we will keep that in mind so that when we leave Coahoma we can tell the world ‘Look at me’.”
The next event, CCC’s Choral Music Department Winter Concert, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, in the Pinnacle.
For a complete listing of this month’s activities see the Black History Month Calendar of Events.