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kyesha jennings addresses the audience from the front of Oliver Hall in the Temple Building

Danville Community College English Professor Kyesha Jennings asks students to write down what they know about Malcolm X on a blank piece of paper at the onset of her presentation detailing the life and legacy of the African-American civil rights activist.


DCC Professor Lectures on Malcolm X for Black History Month


(February 9, 2017)  – Danville Community College English Professor Kyesha Jennings gave a talk on Thursday, February 9, about African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X to kick off the college’s observance of Black History Month.
The event, co-hosted by the African-American Culture Club and DCC Student Activities, covered the early life of Malcolm X through his assassination on February 21, 1965, at age 39.
Jennings presented video and audio clips depicting Malcolm X’s life and legacy, in addition to his continued influence on hip hop culture and relevance in 2017.
Jennings, a self-labeled “hip hop scholar,? has given presentations at conferences and workshops in Norfolk, Virginia, Albany, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Baltimore, Maryland, Savannah, Georgia, and beyond. Jennings is a published author, with articles under peer review in journals nationwide.

Next week, DCC continues celebrating Black History Month with a poetry café, featuring spoken word artist Endlesswill, on Thursday, February 16, and a visit from Big C’s Chicken and Waffles Food Truck and the presentation of “Celebrating Local Heroes? by guest lecturer Paula Smith on Tuesday, February 21. For more information about DCC’s African-American Culture Club, contact Professor Kyesha Jennings at 434-797-8549 or


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