PEMBERTON Burlington County College will host a talk, a movie screening, an art tour, and other events to celebrate African American History Month.

Bern Nadette Stanis, who played Thelma in the 1970s sitcom Good Times, opens the celebration with a talk next Thursday at 6 p.m. Stanis is also the author of two books and a collection of poetry. Tickets cost $10 per person, with a $5 discount for BCC students or children 12 and younger. The talk will be in the Enterprise Center at the Mount Laurel campus, 3331 Route 38. Tickets are available at


The following week, the college will present a free screening of Something the Lord Made, telling the story of Vivien Thomas, a pioneer in heart surgery in the 1930s and '40s. The movie will be shown Feb. 12 at 12:30 p.m. at the Integrated Learning Resource Center's teleconference room at the Pemberton campus, 601 Pemberton Browns Mills Rd.; Room 320 of Laurel Hall at the Mount Laurel campus, 500 College Circle; and the student lounge at the Willingboro Center, 200 Campbell Dr., Suite 210.

Burlington County College will have a bus trip Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The visit and tour of the African art exhibit - one of the largest collections in the country - costs $20. Tickets are available online at, through the "Non-Credit Students Login" button, selecting course No. CFI-730-30.

The next day, Feb. 22, the school will host "Taste of Soul" with Tim Witcher, a chef and teacher at the Burlington County Institute of Technology. At 1 and 2:30 p.m., Witcher and Dawn Frazier, a local chef and restaurateur, will lead cooking demonstrations and prepare hors d'oeuvres for participants. The tastings take place at the college's Culinary Arts Center, 21 Mill St., Mount Holly.

Tickets for the "Taste of Soul" events cost $25 per person; students of the college pay $10 and children 12 and younger pay $8. Tickets can be purchased by calling 609-894-9311, ext. 1596. - Inquirer staff