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Halifax Community College has set its Black History Month activities that are a part of the Cultural Learning and Universal Enrichment Series for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The range of events during Black History Month showcases the impact of African Americans not only in its service region but worldwide. 

These events highlight HCC’s commitment to education and service by sharing stories of resilience and growth. All events are free to the public, begin at 10 a.m., and require no registration.

Stamp Dedication: February 3

HCC will kick off Black History Month with its 15th Annual Stamp Dedication Ceremony in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service at 10 a.m. in the Griffin Centre. The event will also be live-streamed through the college’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, and its website.  

Edmonia Lewis — 1844-1907 — will be the 45th stamp dedicated in the USPS Black Heritage Stamp Series and will be the 25th stamp added to HCC’s USPS Black Heritage Stamp Collection in the Griffin Centre. 

Lewis earned national and international recognition for her elegant and detailed sculptures.

During the ceremony, HCC will feature Dr. Paul K. Baker, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Director of the University Galleries and Professor of History in the Department of History and Political Science as the keynote speaker. 

While working on his Modern Archives Institute Certification at the National Archives in Washington, DC, he studied the work of Edmonia Lewis.

Presidential Lecture: February 10

Shauna Singletery Williams, former WTVD-11 news anchor and correspondent, freelance producer, and booker with the NBC network, will share her trailblazing story of success in journalism at 10 a.m. 

The event will be virtual only and can be accessed through HCC’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, and the college’s website. 

Williams has covered news stories such as Princess Diana’s funeral and the trials of Bill Cosby and George Zimmerman. Williams has also interviewed celebrities such as actor Mark Harmon as well as Hillary Clinton, former United States secretary of state, former United States senator, and former United States and Arkansas first lady. 

The home base of Mrs. Williams is Warren County, and she continues to reside there now.

Panel Discussion — Highlighting Native Residents of the Roanoke Valley: February 17

This semester, HCC is highlighting science, technology, engineering, and math careers with a focus on healthcare. 

At 10 a.m. in the Griffin Centre and through livestream via HCC’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, and website, HCC will present a panel of healthcare professionals who graduated from high schools in HCC’s service region — Halifax and Northampton counties. 

Nine panelists, all of African descent, will discuss a range of topics, including growing up in the Roanoke Valley, attending high school, taking classes and earning credentials from HCC as well as sharing their life experiences and career paths. 

The featured moderator is Travis Gales, DJ with WNCU 90.7 FM, located on the campus of North Carolina Central University. 

The panelists include: Angela Alston, DNP, MPH, APRN-CNP, WHNP-BC, FNP, assistant professor of clinical nursing and the chief diversity officer at The Ohio State University College of Nursing; Maureen Ben-Davis, MD, MPH, FAAP— pediatrician; Verna High, director of HCC’s dental hygiene program; Antonio McGuire, MD — anesthesiologist; Jade Mills — pharmacist; Crystal Lynch, clinical laboratory scientist; Jalen Miller, operating room nurse and United States Army lieutenant; Kesha Rooks, DNP, COO of Rural Health Group; and J.D. Welch, MSW, LCSW, CEO of JDWelch Counseling, PLLC.

Saluting Our African American Heroes: February 24

Fifteen years ago, HCC instituted its first-ever Saluting Our Local African-American Heroes ceremony which recognizes the accomplishments of African Americans who are residents of the Roanoke Valley. 

HCC is accepting nominations for 2022. 

To nominate an African American Hero, submit a narrative detailing the nominee’s commitment and contributions to the community, unselfish devotion to others, initiative, innovation and leadership in the region, and the person's willingness to share time and wisdom through service to the community and its citizens. 

HCC is accepting nominations through February 10. 

The ceremony will take place in the Griffin Centre and via livestream through HCC’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, and website.