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Halifax Community College will host United States Congressman G.K. Butterfield on campus, and via virtual presentation Wednesday as part of its 2022 Cultural Learning and Universal Enrichment Series to recognize Black History Month. 

“HCC’s Presidential Lecture Series strives to provide the Roanoke Valley community with a new perspective — one that will change how we see the past, present, and shape how we direct the future,” the college said.

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Free and open to the public, the on-campus event takes place at 10 a.m. in the Ervin V. Griffin Centre and via livestream through HCC’s YouTube channel and halifaxcc.edu.

Butterfield will discuss the history of African Americans in their experiences to seek equality in the Roanoke Valley as well as highlight notable efforts that have prompted changes in the region. 

“Congressman Butterfield has been a great supporter of HCC and this will be his third visit with us this academic year,” said Kim Mack, special assistant to the president for governmental, community and college affairs at HCC. “We always look forward to his enlightening lectures.”

A life-long resident of eastern North Carolina and a Wilson native, Butterfield earned his undergraduate and law degrees from North Carolina Central University. 

An advocate for civil rights, notably voting rights, his career accomplishments include lawyer, resident superior court judge, North Carolina Supreme Court Judge and member of the U.S. Congress since 2004.

In this role, he champions affordable health care, education, investments in rural communities, renewable energies and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans. A former member of the U.S. Army, he also actively supports veteran affairs.