The Movements within the Movement

The inaugural NTCC Black History Lecture series, titled the Movements within the Movement, highlights the various ways Black history and the civil rights movement sparked not only expanded rights for Black Americans, but also advancements in women's rights, voting rights, and enrichment of American culture. To accomplish this goal, we are showcasing NTCC faculty in history and English to build upon curriculum currently taught in general education courses at the college. Details for each lecture are provided below, along with an event link. Each lecture will be presented virtually through Zoom and Facebook Live. The lecture schedule is as follows:

Liberty and Justice for Some: The Long Fight for Civil Rights

Monday, February 8th, 12:15pm - 1:00pm

In this lecture, we cover the African American experience from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. We discuss the abolition of slavery and the hard road toward equality that followed, giving emphasis to disenfranchisement, Jim Crow, the resistance that began in the 1940s, and important leaders who guided the Civil Rights Movement toward eventual success in the 1960s.  

Lecture By: Adam Meier, Instructor of History 

Adam Meier is the full-time Instructor of History at NTCC and has taught at the Connect to Success site for six years. He teaches courses in Western Civilization, American History, History of the Oil Industry, and has led study abroad courses in the Netherlands. Adam is passionate about making history come alive to his students and encouraging critical thinking to learn from the past. 

Finding a Voice: Black Women in Literature and Today’s World

Thursday, February 11th, 12:15pm - 1:00pm

In this lecture, we discuss the evolution of the Black female voice and its impact in today’s world. We explore the poetry and speeches of Phillis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth, Maya Angelou, and Amanda Gorman. We celebrate these women’s voices of empowerment and fullness of expression.  

Lecture By: Amy Fleming, Department Chair of Liberal Arts and Humanities

Amy Fleming is the Department Chair of Liberal Arts and Humanities and has been teaching English composition, American and British literature, and a Humanities for Leadership course at NTCC for the past eight years. She serves as an advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Lattes and Literature Book Circle and was NTCC’s 2018 recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award. In her classes, Amy enjoys teaching students about the power of words and helping them find their own voices in their writing.  

The Harlem Renaissance: A History of Cultural Expression in the Black Community

Thursday, February 18th, 12:15pm - 1:00pm

In this presentation, we discuss the history of the Harlem Renaissance, a humanist movement born in Harlem, New York that provided an outlet of self-expression for the black community through art, music, and literature. Some of the highlights of this lecture cover the poetry of Langston Hughes, the literature of Zora Neal Hurston, and the musical expressions of Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday.  

Lecture By: Natasha Foret, Reconnect to Success Coordinator and Instructor

Natasha Foret is the Coordinator for the Reconnect to Success program and has taught courses in Western Civilization, American History, and Student Success at NTCC for the past five years.  She is an advisor for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and SGA and is the reigning faculty champion in the Hula Hoop Competition at CTS. 

Voting Rights for the Disenfranchised

Thursday, February 25th, 12:15pm - 1:00pm

Voting is a basic right of the people, or is it? This discussion looks at the electoral system, the history of who was included in the right to vote and who was left out of the ballot box. The struggle for enfranchisement and political voice is still relevant into the twenty-first century. 

Lecture By: Stacey Demichiel, Adjunct History Instructor

Stacey DeMichiel is an adjunct instructor of History and a full-time Librarian with the St. Tammany Parish Library, which makes her one of the nerdiest people in the world. She has a Master's Degree in American History from Southeastern Louisiana University and has been teaching for 8 years. Stacey is excited to participate in the “The Movements within the Movement: 2021 Black History Lecture Series” because of her passion for discussing the Civil Rights Trifecta and Modern American Politics.  

About the Black History Lecture Series

The inaugural Black History Lecture Series was established by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Northshore Technical Community College. The goal of this series is to educate our students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve about the contributions of African and Black Americans to American History as part of the Black History Month celebration each February.