February 7, 2018
MARTINSVILLE, VA – With Black History Month kicking off, Patrick Henry Community College is planning a three-day event to explore the origins of Black History Month and African American culture. The event, Reflecting on African American Legacies, will take place over the last three weeks in February and will feature cultural poetry, music, film, and more. The events will collimate with a book signing and author talk on February 28. Community members and alumni are invited to participate along with PHCC students and employees.
PHCC’s Alliance for Excellence, Diversity Inclusion Council, and PHCC’s Campus Life are coming together to present a collection of cultural and historical vignettes from films to poetry from songs to biographical sketches.
These vignette-style performances will take place on Tuesday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 20 starting at noon in PHCC’s Walker Fine Arts and Student Center Theatre
Reflecting on African American Legacies culminates on Wednesday, February 28 with a presentation and book signing with Tennessee author Karla Diggs. She will be discussing her book The Cotton Club Princess which is a coming of age tale set in the speakeasies of the late 1920’s Harlem Renaissance. This work of African American historical fiction has been featured in book expos, nominated for awards, and was chosen as the book of the month for the Sisters Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center in Harlem, NY.
For all three days, the activities will start at noon in PHCC’s Walker Theatre. Reflecting on African American Legacies is sponsored by PHCC’s Campus Life and the Alliance for Excellence Organization, which seeks to increase college participation, leadership skills, and employability of African Americans in the community.
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