In celebration of Black History Month, the Office of Diversity and Student Support Services of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will present four programs during February.
The Black History Month celebration begins on Feb. 15 as John Faulkner, community relations manager at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, will present the life story of Ali, who is known simply as “The Greatest” for his exploits in the boxing ring and beyond. The program will be from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and will be held in the theater of the Godbey Appalachian Center located on the Cumberland campus. Lunch will be provided by the Tri-Cities Woman’s Club.
Feb. 17 in the Middlesboro High School auditorium from 11: 30 a. m. until 12:30 p.m., Dr. Kathy Bullock will take the audience on a musical journey from West Africa through the middle passage, a route often taken by those stolen from their homeland to become slaves in North America. A professor of music at Berea College, Bullock will present a representation of the spirit and faith that defines African American music.
The History and Legacy of Affrilachian Poets in Kentucky, presented by Bianca Spriggs-Floyd, will be offered to the public on Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Whitesburg campus of Southeast, Cora Reynolds Frazier Auditorium. Spriggs-Floyd speak on the history of the Affrilachian group of writers and artists and discuss the importance of maintaining such diversity among Kentucky writers and audiences. The term Affrilachian was coined in 1991 to describe people of color living and working in Appalachia.
The month- long celebration of Black History Month concludes on Feb. 28 with the presentation of a video of Dr. Martin Luther King giving his historic “ I Have a Dream” speech. The presenter will be Samuel Coleman Jr. He will lead a discussion of the speech which, given in 1963, changed the hearts and minds of a bitterly divided nation altering the view of many in regard to civil rights. The program will be held from 11 a.m. until 11:45 p.m. in the auditorium located on the SKCTC Harlan campus.
All proceedings are free and open to the public. For more information, call (606) 589-3052.