SKCTC events honor Black History Month


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Several events will be going on at each of the campuses of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College (SKCTC) in February showcasing Black History Month. All events are free of charge.

The series kicks off on Tuesday on the Cumberland campus with “Lift Evr’y Voice and Sing!” sponsored by SKCTC Diversity and Inclusion and Harlan ARH Hospital. Daryl L. Harris, an associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Northern Kentucky University, will host the program, which will present spiritual music with roots in Kentucky’s African-American culture.

Lunch will be served prior to the event at 11:30 a.m. in the art gallery of the Godbey Appalachian Center. The program gets underway at noon.

On Thursday, Dr. Herbert Douglas, professor emeritus of law and justice studies, along with Africana studies at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, will present the history of how African-Americans in the United States have traditionally struggled to overcome what he calls “the destructive impacts of white supremacy and white domination in their lives, including prospects for advancement.”

The talk will take place at noon in the art gallery of the Godbey Appalachian Center on the Cumberland campus and lunch will be served. This event is sponsored by SKCTC Student Support Services and SKCTC Diversity and Inclusion.

The following week, on Feb. 17, Dr. Alicestyne Turley, director of the Carter G. Woodson Center and an assistant professor of African and African American studies at Berea College, will discuss President Abraham Lincoln and Lincoln Memorial University and their impact on the area.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Middlesboro Community Center, located at 705 North 30th Street. Lunch will be served. Lunch and the event are sponsored by SKCTC Diversity and Inclusion and Middlesboro ARH Hospital.

The Whitesburg campus will host the next event, coming up at 11 a.m. on Feb. 23 in the auditorium of the Belinda Mason Building. SKCTC Associate Professor and Education Program Coordinator Tammie Chapman will present “My Mountain Heritage and My Music.”

Chapman will showcase her rich cultural heritage and tradition along with a love and passion for music for those in attendance. Lunch will be served. Lunch and the event is sponsored by Whitesburg ARH Hospital.

To wrap up the month’s festivities, the SKCTC Diversity and Inclusion Program will host “Super Sunday,” an event designed to help African-American teens make the decision to go to college, on Feb. 28 at Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Lynch. The program will begin with a morning service at 11 a.m., followed by dinner and then a college fair at 1:30 p.m.

During this event, the 2016 Super Sunday Hall of Fame recipient Mitchell Earl Brown will be honored. Brown is a minister, formerly of Cumberland, and will be the guest speaker during the morning service.

To learn more about any of these programs, contact Carolyn Sundy, SKCTC vice president for Diversity and Inclusion at 606-589-3052 or email [email protected]

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