WKCTC Events Celebrate Black History Month
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - West Kentucky Community and Technical College will kickoff its Black History Month Celebration beginning February 4.

"Black History Month is a time when we have the opportunity to showcase the contributions of African-Americans to the American success story,” said Jipuam Askew-Robinson, WKCTC cultural diversity director. “This year we will incorporate the legacy of Harlem, experience a modernized style of urban poetry, highlight the rich African-American subculture and more."

WKCTC History Professor Berry Craig will present “Extraordinary Valor” on February 4 at 11:00 a.m. in the Matheson Library on the WKCTC campus.  The free presentation will be about Andrew Jackson Smith, who escaped slavery in Lyon County and ultimately joined the Union army to fight for his freedom. After the war, Smith settled near Grand Rivers. He was selected for a Medal of Honor but never received it. Smith posthumously earned his medal, which was presented to his grandson in Washington by President Bill Clinton in 2001.

The Harlem Gospel Choir will perform in WKCTC’s Clemens Fine Arts Center on Saturday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m.  The Harlem Gospel Choir travels the world as ambassadors for African American culture. They have preformed for Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and 60,000 people in Yankee Stadium. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and children.  Purchase online at or call (270) 534-3212.

The Murr Vegas All Stars Unplugged will perform a Backstage Pass in Clemens Fine Arts Center on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.  The intimate coffee house setting will feature Stephen Keene with vocals, Drew Collins on guitar and Billy Cramer on bass for a night of blues, motown and classic rock. Tickets are $6 at the door.

On February 24, WKCTC will collaborate with two local African-American churches to host the third annual Super Sunday event, an information fair to promote the importance of higher education for prospective college students and their families.

The public is invited to attend services at partnering churches, Harrison Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1126 Harrison Street and Ninth Street Church of Christ, 715 South Ninth Street. Services begin at 11:00 a.m. at both locations. The information fair will be held prior to the services at 9:30 a.m. at Harrison Street Church and following the services at Ninth Street Church.

WKCTC representatives will be available to talk with potential students and their parents about the admission and enrollment process, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, available programs and services, and any other additional educational information.

On February 27, Paducah native Samuel Hawkins will present “Spoken Word”. This free presentation will feature Hawkins’ urban style poetry at 11:00 a.m. in the WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Student Center. “Hawkins has developed this art form of inspirational and thought provoking poetry and we’re excited to have him share it with us for Black History Month,” Robinson said.

Published 07:41 PM, Saturday Jan. 26, 2013
Updated 12:38 PM, Saturday Jan. 26, 2013

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