Queensborough Celebrates Black History Month

Queensborough celebrates the African American experience and commemorates Black History Month with stories from our community that address our past as well as today's urgent racial and social justice issues.


Join us this month for a series of exchanges and discussions with Queensborough faculty about their current research, projects and community engagement regarding race, equity, ethnicity, social justice and community. Check back for times.

Dr. Trevor Milton

Trevor Milton is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Queensborough Community College. Working with at-risk populations for two decades, his research and interests span prison reform, adolescent criminal behavior, urban ethnography, and class and racial identity. The author of Overcoming the Magnetism of Street Life: Crime-Engaged Youth and the Programs That Transform Them and co-author of The Con Men: Hustling in New York City, Dr. Milton (also a podcaster) is producing Modern Racism, a documentary which explores America's efforts to repair the damage caused by institutional racism.

Kersha Smith

Dr. Kersha Smith

Kersha Smith is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Queensborough Community College. A recipient of the Spencer Foundation’s Discipline-Based Studies in Education Fellowship, Dr. Smith is acknowledged for her work on critical pedagogy and transformative learning in non-traditional student populations. Dr. Smith brings together diverse voices around race and ethnicity and is co-editor of a collection of narrative essays, Uncommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship. She is also the author of Black Heirlooms: The Unbroken Narratives of African American Families. Dr. Smith contributes to The Urban Education Ph.D. Program at CUNY’s Graduate Center.

Irvin Weathersby Jr.

Irvin Weathersby Jr., MAT, MFA

Irvin Weathersby Jr. lectures in the English Department at Queensborough Community College, teaching composition and creative writing. A 2019 Bernard O’Keefe Scholar in Nonfiction at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Mr. Weathersby often writes about race and the Black experience. A former high school teacher and re-entry educator in Baltimore, the South Bronx and Harlem, his writing centers on marginalized communities. His essays have appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, The Root, EBONY, and elsewhere. His upcoming book, In Open Contempt (Viking/Penguin), is a memoir-in-essays focused on expressions of white supremacy in art found in  New Orleans, his hometown, and around the world.

Dr. Kerri-Ann Smith smiling

Dr. Kerri-Ann M. Smith

Kerri-Ann M. Smith, Associate Professor in the Department of English, is Queensborough’s Inaugural Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. A founding member of the Black Faculty and Staff Association, Dr. Smith served on the Faculty Diversity Committee and now serves on the CUNY Diversity Incubator. Dr. Smith often features in local media and was a recipient of Caribbean Life’s 40 Under 40 Award. She is a contributor to Teaching Race in Perilous Times (SUNY Press 2021), which highlights and confronts the challenges of teaching race in the United States. (Teaching from the Tap: Confronting Hegemony and Systemic Oppression through Reflection and Analysis by Kerri-Ann M. Smith and Paul M. Buckley)

Equity at Queensborough

Queens is one of the most diverse counties in the nation, and Queensborough Community College is an outstanding example of the vibrancy that comes from diversity.​ Our students come from 123 countries, speak 79 languages and 22% were born outside of the United States. At Queensborough, our common spaces, club meetings and chance encounters in the Quad provide as much of an opportunity to learn about the world as our classes do.

Queensborough recognizes that the presence of diversity means nothing without a culture of inclusion and equity in student outcomes.

Equity at QCC

Queensborough Alumni, making a difference


CUNY Grad, Kayla G. Coleman ‘11, Fills a Blank Canvas with an Extraordinary Career in the Arts

Kayla G. Coleman gives 100% of herself to the Arts, more than 10 years after her start in Queensborough’s Gallery and Museum Studies program and as a volunteer at the QCC Art Gallery.

Read Kayla Coleman's Story

Jermaine Meadows

Off The Beaten Track

Jermaine Meadows, now a graduate student at SUNY Albany, is pursuing a career in higher education policy and hopes to broaden opportunities for disadvantaged children, especially those whose parents are incarcerated.

See Jermaine Meadows' Story

Black History Month Events

Black History Month Movie Series: Featuring the Film: 42 (2013)
Thursday, Feb 11, 2021 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

El Proyecto Intelectual De Jorge Artel: Reflexiones De Un Escritor Indo Mulato Sobre La Identidad Y Afirmación Del Negro En América Latina
Thursday, Feb 18, 2021 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Black History Month Movie Series: Featuring the Film: Black Panther (2018)
Thursday, Feb 18, 2021 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Afro-Latinx Futures: Arturo Alfonso Schomburg
Monday, Feb 22, 2021 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

QCC ASAP Celebrates Black History Month: "We Were You"
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

In Honor of Black History Month, The Muslim Student Association Presents: Prince Among Slaves
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

BSU Culture Night
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM

COVID-19: Virtual Community Conversations Mental Health, Equity and Resilience presented by NYC Health
Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Memory, Violence, Detours, and Returns: Strategies of Resistance to Color Invisibility in the French Republic
Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Black History Month Film Series: Featuring the Film: Get On Up (2015)
Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Greek Life and its Influence on Life & Career Success
Friday, Feb 26, 2021 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

*Sponsored by Black Faculty & Staff Association (QCC BFSA), Black Student Union (QCC BSU), QCC ASAP, and QCC Student Government Association


Queens Borough President Donovan Richards honors the important contributions and achievements of Black Americans on QPTV. Professor Kerri-Ann M. Smith (above), Inaugural Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Queensborough Community College, offered her insights and shares her views on this special program.

View this QPTV Event

CUNY Black Male Initiative

The Queensborough Community College Black Male Initiative (BMI) is focused on increasing enrollment and support services for African American males and other underrepresented groups. The BMI program and its activities are open to all Queensborough students, faculty and staff, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, immigration status, religion or disability​. BMI's goal is to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in whatever field they choose to pursue. We pride ourselves on not just assisting but being the gateway to a more meaningful higher education experience for all of our members.

Black Male Initiative

Black History Month Resource Guide

The Center for Racial Justice in Education provides Black History Month resources and guides for educators and families. The Center’s mission is to empower educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in schools and communities. The Center for Racial Justice in Education envisions a world where all young people learn and thrive in racially equitable, liberating, and empowering educational spaces.

Center for Racial Justice in Education

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.