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CCCC celebrates Black History Month

02.10.2005Special Events

SANFORD, NC–The Diversity Committee and Staff Developmentrn Department at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC)rn are helping the college celebrate Black History Month.rn The groups collaborated to organize a series of eventsrn that will be held throughout February on the campuses ofrn CCCC.

rn The events planned include speakers, exhibits, displaysrn and the viewing of a documentary on CCCC campuses in Chatham,rn Harnett and Lee County. “February One,” a highly-acclaimedrn documentary, will be shown a number of times throughoutrn the month. The film details the story of “The Greensbororn Four”–the group of four college freshmen thatrn organized the Woolworth lunch counter sit-ins in 1960.

rn On Tuesday, February 15, former heavyweight boxing championrn James “Bonecrusher” Smith will speak at thern CCCC Harnett campus in Lillington. Smith, who fought thern likes of Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes in the 1980s, willrn speak at 11 a.m. “February One” will also bern shown.

rn On the following day, February 16, the Lee campus of CCCCrn will host a series of events. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Februaryrn One” will be showing in the Student Center. At thern same time in the Student Center, there will be a blackrn business exhibit and a Black History Month display putrn together by the Paralegal Club. The black business exhibitrn will feature representatives from local businesses includingrn Petals, Carla’s Hair Island, Quad Divisions Inc.,rn Blandonia Child Care and Jeremiah’s Place.

rn At noon, Squire Thomas, member of the 555th Parachute Infantryrn Association, will speak in the Bell Building training roomrn on the Lee campus. The 555th Parachute Infantry Company,rn known by many as the “Triple Nickel,” was thern first black airborne unit and paved the way for futurern advancement of blacks in the armed forces.

rn The Chatham campus of CCCC will have a speaker on Monday,rn February 21. Charles Watts, Jr., senior vice presidentrn and corporate counsel for North Carolina Mutual Life Insurancern Company, will speak in room 108 of the Small Business & Healthrn Building in Pittsboro from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watts, a directrn descendent of one of the company’s founders, is partrn of the largest black-managed insurance company in the Unitedrn States. “February One” will be shown in thern same room at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 23.

rn On Tuesday, February 22, the Lee campus will host anotherrn speaker in the gym of the Classroom and Fitness Center.rn Dr. Delores Parker, the North Carolina Community Collegern System’s vice president of academic and student services,rn will speak at 11 a.m.

rn The final viewing of “February One” will bern held on Thursday, February 24 at the Siler City Center.

rn The libraries on the Chatham, Harnett and Lee campusesrn will have displays featuring black authors and books andrn videos by and about black authors all month long.

rn Students in the broadcast production technologies programrn are also celebrating Black History Month. WDCC-FM 90.5,rn the CCCC radio station, will feature salutes and historicalrn vignettes about black artists during its programming thisrn month.

rn The events are open to all faculty, staff and students.rn Staff development credit will be given for sessions attended.rn No pre-registration is needed.

rn For more information on the celebration of Black Historyrn Month at CCCC, contact George Clayton of the Diversityrn Committee at 718-7446 or staff development coordinatorrn Karen H. Brown at 718-7319.